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A Photo Tour: Boston’s Legendary Haymarket

It's way too hot out. The Lady Otter and I are wading through a crowd, weaving under awnings and past overflowing stalls. It's like a cross between a narrow Tokyo market street and the New York Stock Exchange. It's dirty and loud. People are yelling. At each other. At the crowd. At us. Customers are bartering in two or three different...

How To Make a Proper Mint Julep

All that talk about cocktail gear a few days ago started to make my mouth water for a juicy cocktail or two to toast the end of summer. Now, it's been raining in Boston for weeks, and my mint patch is absolutely thriving. This means one thing: It's the perfect time for mint juleps. My dear friend the Lady Otter reminded...

Pillow Maki

I have two words for you: sushi pillow. You heard me. (Sushi pillow!) Now you can have your fish, and cuddle up with it, too. As someone who counts sushi among her five basic food groups, you can imagine how excited I was to discover these. The Original Sushi Pillow is a product of the brilliantly creative Cindy Tomm and Mel...

Coconut Cake for Old Man Richard

The first time I made this cake, we were up visiting an old friend who rents a cottage every summer up in Gloucester, Mass. We spent the greater part of the evening out on the deck, catching up and listening to the waves wash up on the rocks. The drinks were cold. The dogs were running around. The grill was...

Old-School Diner Pancakes

Put the Bisquick down and walk away. You can do it. These are the kind of pancakes you used to be able to get at roadside diners—or your grandmother's house. They're great in the morning, or late at night, which seems to be our favorite time to hunker down with a tall stack. Make them on the heaviest griddle or pan you...

Shake It Up!

I admit it: I'm a fairly thirsty person. Normally I'm a red wine drinker. I love the good—and even some of the bad. Give me a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Brunello, a Bandol, and I couldn't be happier. In the summer, I love sangria, and hardly even flinch if offered juice out of a jug. (Granted, it needs to be a...

A Phyllo Dough Primer

I just posted my Buttery Greek Apple Tart recipe. As I started to write the notes on how to deal with phyllo dough at the end of the recipe, I realized that it probably merits its own discussion, since phyllo can be really easy to work with if you know how to handle it—and completely unforgiving if you don't. So,...

Buttery Greek Apple Tart

Fall is coming. Boston's been on the cold side. The stores are starting to fill up with back-to-school supplies. This means one thing to me: Apple-picking season is on its way. And I couldn't be happier. I have a handful of apple recipes I love. Here's one of my favorites. It's amazingly simple to make—and incredibly impressive looking when it...

Midsummer Harvest

Despite being plagued by the dreaded Tomato Horn Worm (if you've ever grown tomatoes, you know how horrifying these beasts are), this summer has been a remarkably good one for my vegetable garden. Like a lot of the country, Boston's had a silly amount of rain this season. In fact, as I sat down to write just now, the sky...

Hot Chocolate Pots

A few days ago, I posted my version of Mayan Hot Chocolate. It occurred to me that there are all sorts of fabulous hot chocolate-y accessories out there—specifically, hot chocolate pots. Most hot chocolate pots tend to look like long, tall teapots. Many sit on three or four little feet. Lots include some kind of device to froth your chocolate....