Category Archives: CookingChat

#FoodDay2015 Reflections and Links

Sure, if you read my food and wine blog posts on Cooking Chat, much of the focus there is simply on the pure sensory delight of good food, and the aesthetic appeal of a well-presented plate.  Today being Food Day, … Continue reading

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Freezer App Wanted! A Frugal Foodie’s Quest

Foodie app needed! Hoping some tech savvy foodie friends can help with this one… I’d love to find an app to track what I’ve got in the freezer (fridge would be a bonus, but freezer is my main concern). I try … Continue reading

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Boston’s Best Burger? A Tasty Foursquare Tip!

Actually, I’m really in no position to judge Boston’s best burger.I like to throw a burger on the grill at home, and occasionally get creative with the preparation–see for instance Burgers topped with Garlicky Arugula. But when I go out … Continue reading

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In Defense of Food–and Community [Food Day Post]

Little did I know as I was rounding up ingredients for a locally focused meal last night that today is Food Day! As described here, Food Day intends to highlight the importance of healthy, affordable and sustainable food. We were … Continue reading

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Faro with Grilled Eggplant, Tomatoes & Mozzarella

When I set out last weekend to make a concerted effort to bring down our weekly food bill, making good use of items on hand was key to the strategy. I had eggplant, tomato and pesto that wouldn’t last much … Continue reading

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My Nine Julia Moments

All summer, I’ve been getting a great recipe in my inbox each week from the organizers of Julia Child’s 100th birthday celebration. I agreed to be on the list and part of the process of honoring her legacy by preparing … Continue reading

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Wine Pairings for Indian Food, Revisited

Five years later, my article “Pairing Wine with Indian Food” remains one of the most visited posts on Cooking Chat. Now that we have a good Indian takeout place around the corner from us, we have been having Indian food a bit … Continue reading

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Six Favorite Spring Recipes

My full-out foodie blog is over on Cooking Chat, but my intention is to share some highlights here so that this blog gives an overview of all my interests. With that in mind, here are some of my favorite spring … Continue reading

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Gift Ideas: 5 Favorite Cookbooks for Christmas

Most serious or semi-serious home cooks welcome a cookbook as a gift. When I get one for Christmas, I’m slow to get around to opening anything else, preferring to thumb through the pages and plan what I’ll cook. As a … Continue reading

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Penne with Arugula, Garlic & Beans

Arugula is a great thing to have on hand. It’s got a nice peppery flavor, and is good raw or cooked in a number of different ways. Tonight I planned to use it in an Italian bread soup, but alas, … Continue reading

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