Egg Noodles with Fontina and Mushrooms

Egg Noodles with Fontina and Mushrooms

Sixty degrees, the twenty-third of October in Rockland, Maine, at noon. Fewer than a dozen very young children and their parents on the playground behind the library, next to the Episcopal Church, under a wispy, filtered sky. The mostly-gone leaves are orange and crackling with the end of their energy cycle. It is neither warm… 

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Mexican Street-Style Sweet Corn

Mexican Street-Style Sweet Corn

Each November, the tiny town of Xmatkuil hosts the annual Yucatan State Fair, a month-long celebration of Yucatecan culture that features bullfights, traditional dancing, woodworking and furniture artisans, livestock displays, piles of flavorful arrachera served on cafeteria-sized plastic trays, t-shirt vendors selling iron-on transfers of cockfights, and a collection of freak show-style booths beckoning visitors… 

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Open-Faced Toasted Mozzarella and Tomato (Homemade)

Open-Faced Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich

When you write a blog that features lots of photographs of sandwiches, they had better be mind-blowingly inventive. There’s no room for PB&J at From Away World Headquarters; back when we had all the time in the world, it was a cinch to whip up Veal Schnitzel-wiches with Garlic Butter or burn through an afternoon… 

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Pepperoni Stromboli

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There’s a black and white photo hanging in our hallway, a family snapshot, of an anniversary party from the 1950’s. In it, my mother was a little girl in fancy dress, my grandparents smiling young parents, and my great-grandmother Anna and great-grandfather Gaetano in the center, married fifty years, stout, stern and proud. There were… 

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