Patricia Wells' Braised Beef with Carrots (adapted)

Equipment:  A large, heavy-duty skillet with a lid: 12 warmed dinner plates (or in our case three cold dinner plates, and four melamine kids plates, a lidded Pyrex in the fridge, and a plastic to go container.) 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 pounds of beef in a single piece from …

Thanksgiving: The Peripheral Meals

I think the biggest problem with Thanksgiving is when you forget about the peripheral meals.  There are the friends who drop by the day before because they are in town.  There is tea after the New Yorkers come in after their longer than expected drive.  There is lunch on Wednesday …

Cranberry Turkey Sandwich

If you just can’t wait for Thanksgiving, buy some cranberries and you can give yourself some tastes of the holidays this week.  With a little cranberry sauce you can make the Cranberry Roquefort Tartines if you are feeling festive.  If you just need a sandwich for work, buy some turkey, bread and take …

Safe Havens: Food for Thought

We all have places where we can go either figuratively or literally to feel safe.  For some of us it is a place that’s easily accessible and we live our day primarily in a safe place whereas for others it’s only a state of mind or a brief moment that …

Ode to Verrill Farm

Verill Farm is a place that I’ve always wanted to go.   I have heard only good things about the farm stand.  With the hectic life of running after a two year old and a four year old and living in Cambridge I have never quite made it out there. …

Planning For Thanksgiving: Cook It

If you’re coming over for Thanksgiving, this is what’s on our menu. Roast Turkey with Bacon-herb butter and cider gravy (Bon Appetit Nov. 2008) Roasted Fall Vegetables in Cheddar Crust (Eating Well Dec. 2008) Herb and Onion Stuffing (Bon Appetit Nov. 2008) or Rustic Bread Stuffing with Dried Cranberries & Oyster …

Turkeys & Turkey Trots

If you would prefer to have your Turkey prepared and cooked for you, then you check out Planning for Thanksgiving:  Buy it.  If you want to tackle the bird yourself then you’ve got several options. Since childhood, I have always been someone who prefers vegetables and fish to meat especially poultry …

What's For Dinner?

It’s a grey, now rainy, day today and there is a definite chill in the air.  This would be a perfect day to curl up with a book.  If I were still in college, I would probably head to a local cafe with my books and a notebook and actually …

Planning for Thanksgiving: Buy It

Let’s face it — life’s different now.  This can mean many things for many people.  Maybe it has to do with the recent election.  Maybe it has to do with life with children versus life before children.  Maybe it has to do with you when you were single versus you …