More Superheroes and Ballerinas: Anna's Taqueria Has All the Right Stuff

A few weeks ago I posted about my little Superhero and Ballerina with the following thought: Superheroes don’t always wear capes and ballerinas aren’t always found in the dance studio. Anna’s Taqueria has a new kind of celebrity rolling burritos for charity because celebrities go beyond the sports field and …

Dirty, Fresh, Summer

Today was a perfect summer (almost summer) morning. I worked at our farm share/CSA farm because part of membership is that every adult works 4hrs. each season. The weather is cool and the earth is soft and damp after yesterday’s storm. I harvested garlic scapes and green onions (aka scallions) …

Recipes for a Cocktail Party Benefit: MidWinter Revels

The Fayerweather Street School had their first annual MidWinter Revels last night and as an alum parent, social media consultant for the school, and of course a big fan of the teachers being honoured, I was motivated to play my part. Where do I fit in for all of it? Cocktails and pickles of course!

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For the cocktails I wanted to tap into our local talent (both mixologists and crafters of spirits). We were thrilled to have many contribute to the event. Cambridge Brewing Company‘s beer was of course a hot spot at the bar with their Amber being the most sought after pint. Infusion Diabolique, out of Somerville, tantalized our palates and piqued our interest with their infused Tequila and Bourbon. Berkshire Mountain Distillers provided us with their perfected Greylock Gin enjoyed in a couple of signature cocktails as well as the Ragged Mountain Rum. The queen of all things delectable and beautifully crafted, Maggie Battista of Eat Boutique created a fresh take on the French 75 for the Greylock Gin. Liam Coughlin, of Henrietta’s Table, kept the party hopping with his two delectable cocktails a pomegranate, lavender, and Greylock Gin cocktail and a honey, mint cider Ragged Mountain Rum cocktail. Last, but certainly not least, we had 888 Vodka of Nantucket there to spike our blood orange “passing kindness” punch. The 888 Vanilla Vodka and 888 Coffee Liqueur which were enjoyed over ice cream and in Affogato.

And now for the pickles…

I could skip every traditional meal and just have a series of little snacks, small bites that pack a punch of flavor paired with a nice glass of wine, cup of tea, ice cold water. So of course, while marinating feta, skewering Caprese salads, sewing coordinating raffle ticket aprons, confirming alcohol deliveries and picks ups, I knew I could make time to throw together some quick pickles. As I’m driving to Russo’s to pick up citrus and fruit for dessert skewers and cocktail syrups, at a stop light I quickly Google Momofuku quick pickles. I get to Russo’s, park the car and scan the recipe. Easy! I don’t have 4 days, but I’ll make it work in just under 3 full days.

Here is the original and here is my variation. My variation has a few tweaks because I don’t like fennel, I don’t like any sweetness coming through in my pickles, and I was a day short so I changed the method slightly. And of course every chef (chef mom or not) needs a secret ingredient. Mine is pickling spice mix from Arax Market.

2008 Year in Review: Food, Poverty, Hunger, Waste and the One Dollar Diet Project

You’ve seen the books and the television shows: Frommer’s Australia from $50 a day among others and Rachel Ray’s $40 a day on the Food Network.  It turns out that, according to NetAid, more than 1 billion people (that’s 1 in 6 people around the world) live in extreme poverty.  Extreme poverty …

Sustainable Saturday

(I know today is Friday, but I’ll be away from my computer on Saturday so just close your eyes until then or click on another article and save this for tomorrow.) The next secretary of agriculture will soon be chosen.  If you would like to read a little about what …