Apr 2 2012

deviled eggs with prosciutto

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I have always loved deviled eggs. My first memory of eating them was at a wedding when I was a little girl. I don’t even remember whose wedding it was (a second cousin maybe?) but what I do remember are all the big beautiful shiny, poofy dresses (or so I thought at the time – it was the 80s after all), and the tower of deviled eggs along the wall in the hotel banquet room. I stood by that table all night long like we were the ones getting married. I was hooked.

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And way before Mattel bought out the American Girls company and exploded into malls across the country to sell their fabulously expensive dolls, my sister and I had the American Girls Cookbook. The blend of history, food, and dolls suited us perfectly and we loved that cookbook. Best of all, there was a recipe for deviled eggs, which of course I insisted my mom help us make (i.e. she made them and we kind of helped).

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Sep 1 2011

lightened up corn chowder

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Normally if I want to give visitors a taste of New England, I like to take them to Atlantic Fish Company for some clam chowder, but my sister has never been a fan. She generally doesn’t like dairy products in her soups and sauces, which is her loss. But when I found out that she actually really likes corn chowder, I knew I had to make it for her. I’ve been wanting to make this recipe from Cook’s Illustrated since my July/August edition arrived and the corn at the farmer’s market looked amazing, so this was all perfect timing.

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This corn chowder recipe has less dairy than many recipes, which allows the corn flavor to shine through better, while the bacon adds a salty, sweet smokiness. The red potatoes give the soup a little more substance and then part of the chowder is pureed, so you still get a nice creamy bowl of chowder even without heavy cream. The fresh thyme and basil round out the chowder into one tasty bowl of late summery goodness. Continue reading

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Aug 9 2011

bifana – sliced pork tenderloin with caramelized onions and garlic aioli on focaccia

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The coupon for $15 off at Ceia Kitchen and Bar in Newburyport, MA that I got at the Techmunch conference a few weeks ago was all the motivation we needed to make a day trip. Joseph and I headed to Newburyport for my first real excursion since knee surgery and I hobbled around town moving from one bench to another (luckily Newburyport has a lot of benches!). It was a beautiful day and I was so excited to be out of the house that my mood was absolutely jubilant before we even sat down for lunch at Ceia and things only improved from there.

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We knew we were going the panino route and they only had four panini on the menu, so you’d think it would have been an easy choice, but it really wasn’t. I suggested we split the sandwiches because I really wanted to try all of them, but we still had a hard time narrowing it down to just two. The decision was made both easier and harder after our server explained that the bifana panini was written up by Boston.com as being one of Boston’s best sandwiches (easy choice) and that the special of the day was a lobster BLT panino (you’re giving us another option?!?). We decided on the bifana and the lobster BLT and and as wonderful as lobster BLT sounds and as good as it was, it didn’t even come close to the amazingness that was the bifana. I was absolutely in love.

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Jul 10 2011

seriously delicious ribs

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As I said last time, since my knee surgery I’ve been pulling my weight around the house by suggesting to Joseph what he can make for me. And when I opened my weekly e-mail from Food52 last weekend, I immediately clicked on their menu suggestions for 4th of July and stopped scrolling when I got to the “Seriously Delicious Ribs.” I was so excited that when I called out to Joseph, well, we’re lucky he didn’t call an ambulance, thinking there was something wrong with my knee.

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We were supposed to go to Burlington, VT for 4th of July weekend, including one of my favorite places on earth, the Restaurant at the Inn at Shelburne Farms, to celebrate our second anniversary. Our anniversary was June 19th, but between traveling and people traveling to visit us, we hadn’t had time to properly celebrate. My grandparents lived in Burlington and we used to go every summer so besides being a really nice town, it’s a very nostalgic place for me and I was really looking forward to it. When my doctor’s office called and told me that the doctor could squeeze my surgery in on July 1st, I panicked. I talked it through with Joseph and my boss at work, and finally decided it would be better to just get the surgery over with. I was so sad that it took me a few days to get around to canceling the reservations. Oh well. I’m sure we made someone on the waitlist very happy, and hopefully we’ll still be able to get up there later this summer.

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