Croque Madame

Croque Madame

There once was a bar on New York’s Lower East Side where we used to go when we were young. Let’s call that place, “Trombones.” It had an upstairs and a downstairs and a room in the way back where little indie bands would play. And boys wore their skinniest jeans, and girls turned in… 

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Lobster Macaroni & Cheese

Lobster Mac and Cheese

I’ve never really been one to fall all over myself at the mere mention of lobster mac and cheese. First, I’m not crazy about shellfish and cream sauce. Maine lobster doesn’t really need much to dress it up or improve on its flavor, and the combination of lobster, clams, or oysters with cheese isn’t automatically… 

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Fettuccine with Sausage, Fresh Peas, and Garlic Scapes

Fettuccine with Sausage, Scapes, and Peas

Violet and I have been out exploring the nooks and crannies of our new neighborhood, stopping in every shop. Today we visited “Fresh Off The Farm,” a lovely little natural foods market on Route 1 in Rockport. I was so happy to find favorite brands like Mrs. Meyers and California Baby, bulk bins of grains,… 

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Pimento Cheese

Classic Pimento Cheese

Visit nearly any home in the Southern part of the United States on a weekday afternoon, and it won’t be long before your kindly host breaks out a bowl of pimento cheese. The Southern staple, a simple mix of cheese, mayonnaise, and sweet peppers, is a quick, inexpensive snack to serve to a group of… 

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Poutine Grilled Cheese (Homemade)

Poutine Grilled Cheese

Today’s sandwich is the “Poutine Grilled Cheese” It combines french fries and cheddar cheese curds on oatmeal bread, with a side of pork gravy. Notes: As you start to peel off the layers of clothing you’ve been wearing all Winter, exposing pale, pasty flesh to the sun for the first time in months, you may… 

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Tomato Pie

tomato-pie

When does a vintage recipe require revision, or reimagination, and when is it perfect as is? This is the question I asked myself as I unpacked the pie my mother-in-law made on Sunday. We had spent a gorgeous afternoon up the coast in Rockland, strolling down Main Street, popping into shops and galleries, and having… 

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How to Make American Cheese

Homemade American Cheese

As our regular readers know, I’ll go to my grave defending processed, pasteurized American cheese. I understand your objections to this position. I’ve heard all of the arguments. It’s bland. It’s lowbrow. Heck, it’s not even technically cheese, but more of a sciency slurry of milk, whey, milkfat, artificial flavorings and oil, dyed orange and… 

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Today’s Sandwich: Sweet Ham and Swiss Cheese Sliders (Homemade)

Sweet Ham and Swiss Cheese Sliders

Today’s sandwich is the “Sweet Ham and Swiss Cheese Slider.” It combines ham, Swiss cheese, sweet pickle, and mayonnaise on a butter-and-sugar-brushed soft dinner roll. Notes: I don’t think I’ve ever seen the combination of salty ham and sweet sugar embraced quite as mightily as it is in Southern Mexico. In that section of the… 

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