Glorious Garden Tomatoes


 When I was little, my dad, grandfather and uncle had an annual competition to produce the first garden tomato of the summer. It was a very cut-throat contest that involved seedlings, secrecy and a year’s worth of boasting for the winner. To this day, my dad eats garden tomatoes with a thin layer of Hellman’s […]

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Crazy for Corn!


           Anyway you cut it or serve it, native corn is just tops.  It is one of the thrills of summer. Barr’s favorite way to prepare corn was learned from Mexican line cooks at her restaurant, Val 21: Boil husked corn for 3 minutes in lightly salted water. Drain.  Rub a lime quarter up and down […]

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Blueberries Gone Wild


Here in Maine, it was a tough blueberry season because of all the wet weather.  Maine blueberries are a special, little fruit.  They are quite different from the big Jersey blues.  Tree blueberries are giant orbs compared to Maine’s minuscule berries.  Big blueberries are ideal for eating out of hand and in fruit salads.  Smaller “wild” berries have a […]

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Tonic Water Rediscovered!


If you haven’t heard of or sipped Q Tonic, we highly encourage you to get some in your glass. It makes you wish they never stopped making tonic this way. Say good-bye to overly sweet Canada Dry.  Q Tonic has fewer calories and is sweetened with agave syrup.  It even has real honest to goodness quinine in it! Historically quinine was […]

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Zucchini Coming Out of Your Ears, Part 1


If there is one poor bastard vegetable of the garden, it is the overgrown zucchini. You know what we are talking about. A well intended family member or neighbor arrives at your door bearing a two pound zucchini and wants to know “Can you do something with this?” Flavoristas are not afraid of a few […]

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Fantastic Fannie


The original Fanny Farmer, born Mary Watson Merritt, is best known for having standardized American cooking measurements . Instead of “1 teacup full” and “a pat of butter the size of an egg” she designed our current system of cups, teaspoons, tablespoons.  She was a reluctant student of the Boston School of Cooking and later became […]

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Rice Done Right


                  I have to confess that I love kitchen gadgets;   I am likely to test drive any gadget that has the potential to do something better, faster, and in this case free up stove top space. My favorite new gadget is my Rival Rice Cooker. I have a small one […]

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Pasta Pronto


          Mom’s Pasta Sauce is one of the best prepared sauces out there. Each year, the makers of Mom’s contract to purchase tomatoes from one California farmer. The result is an incredibly consistent sauce with intense, sun-ripe flavor.  It is as good as homemade. There are pieces of whole garlic and large basil leaves […]

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Barilla Plus – Stealth Health


Barilla Plus was developed by a man who visited 250 families and was appalled by the fact that children were eating plain pasta with butter on it. He decided that he would develop a pasta that would actually deliver some nutrition so that the kids would get some fiber and protein and other whole grain […]

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