Swedish-Style Meatballs with Dijon Cream Sauce

Swedish Meatballs

One Christmastime, when I was nine or ten, I was invited to a party at my dance teacher’s house. All of my friends and their mothers were going. I carefully dressed up in my red Jessica McClintock frock with the white lace bib, with black patent leather Mary Janes and white tights. I felt quite… 

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Curried Sausage Buns

Curried Sausage Buns

The first thing you should know about these sausage buns is that they contain zero sausage. No pork whatsoever. Sin salchicha. Totally Kosh. I’m not really sure that they qualify as buns, either. But “beef puff pastry” sounded both gross and overly alliterative. You could refer to them as meat tubes, perhaps even more accurate… 

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How to Make Chicken Liver Pâté

Chicken Liver Pate

Rendered duck fat gets a lot of play here in Maine, and for good reason. There are few better fats that you can use for frying impossibly rich, golden brown potatoes (just ask the good folks at Portland’s Duckfat), but it’s also fantastic in pie crusts or rubbed on the outside of a chicken prior… 

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Seared Scallop BLT with Candied Maple Bacon

Seared Scallop BLT

I don’t have an anecdote about bacon-wrapped scallops. I do have a bacon-wrapped shrimp anecdote, so I am going to tell that and then shoehorn scallops in at the end. Have you ever tried to shoehorn a scallop? Not as easy as one might think. I did recently enjoy some fried scallops at Bill’s Seafood… 

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Cheese & Mushroom Pull-Apart Bread

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Browse Pinterest for inspiration for long enough, and some strange things start to happen to your sense of right and wrong. Two hours in, a search that may have started with a simple pan-seared duck breast eventually ends in “Mozarella Ganache Stuffed Nutella Coffee Cake Pancakes with Red Velvet Honey Mustard,” and you’re staring open-mouthed… 

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Watermelon Salad Bites

Watermelon Salad Bites

I’m always tickled by foods that don’t arrange themselves into a cohesive whole until you take that first bite, when disparate ingredients come together to make a whole new surprise flavor. It’s a lesson I perhaps first learned during my bachelor party five years ago in Mexico, where I learned that I could make a… 

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Crustless Zucchini Mini Quiches

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I want to go to a cocktail party. I want to wear a small black dress and high heels. I want to stand on a veranda with a person I don’t know very well, whom I suspect I do not like. I want to mingle and make sparkling conversation. I want to drink champagne and… 

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Superbowl XLVI Snack Roundup

Superbowl Snack Roundup

This weekend, let’s honor Sunday for what many of us know it really is: A day to wear sheepskin slippers all day, to drink beer out of a plastic helmet beginning at 10 A.M., to place inappropriately large wagers on the always hotly-contested outcome of Puppy Bowl VIII, to watch just a token amount of… 

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