Pickled Plums

Picture is a little fuzzy, but I think you can see how lovely these are; that is a bit of bay leaf and a bit of vanilla bean lying across the top of the jar.

  I am sure that many of you are aware of Tastespotting, a site that serves to display pictures submitted by other websites; and these are not just ANY pictures–these are pictures selected to meet a certain aesthetic, and they are absolutely beautiful. For those of you not familiar with this resource, you can link…

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Out of the kitchen and into the… outdoor kitchen.

This Saturday will be a banner day around our house.  The boys are participating in their second Farmer’s Market of the season.  I’m getting in on the fun by doing a live mozzarella making demonstration at the market while the boys man their table. Or should it be ‘while the boys boy their table?   Our…

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Pickled Green Cherry Tomatoes

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Beautiful little green ‘yellow pear’ cherry tomatoes waiting to be pickled… Because there really is no such thing as a garlic clove that is too big.   When I got home from our vacation I didn’t toddle over to our garden immediately.  I started doing laundry furiously.  I don’t mean to say that I was…

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Essay: What I did over end-of-summer vacation.

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    I am back!  One week on the sand went a long way toward restoring what little sanity I had left…  I regained my mind and then proceeded to leave half of it on the beach on the Cape Cod National Shoreline.  You will not see a single photo of food from this vacation.  The food…

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Coffee, tea or cocoa? Name your poison! (A reprisal)

Last February, I asked the readers of the Record-Eagle this vastly important question and most of my responses came from family.  So I’m trying again with my ‘Foodie’ readers.  Don’t get me wrong… I can listen to my family talk food all day and often do.  I just want some perspective.  Are we the only ones obsessed…

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Slow-cooker Vanilla Bean Tapioca

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In today’s Record-Eagle column, I ran a recipe for Slow-Cooker Vanilla Bean Tapioca Pudding.  (I’ll link to the full column when I’m back from vacation, but in the meantime the recipe is posted below.) Slow-Cooker Vanilla Bean Tapioca This pudding takes the perennial favorite tapioca pudding and dresses it up. Served warm, it’ll heat you up…

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What goes in a foodie’s vacation suitcase?

We are going on a long anticipated vacation in a couple days.  The place we’re staying has a semi-equipped kitchen; dishes, flatware, assorted pans, working stove and fridge, etc…  When I say the kitchen is semi-equipped I mean it is not constantly inhabited by an obsessive-compulsive, gadget-loving foodie like myself.  I have found myself wondering…

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