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The View from the Hill

January 4, 2011
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I‘ve previously written about the history of the hill on which I live; it was the location of a fort that was instrumental in preventing the British from advancing into Boston and Cambridge. You can read a brief history here, and view a period map here. This year the unseasonably warm weather drew us out […]

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Meat Me By the River

November 13, 2010
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Now that the farmer’s markets are closed, the only people who gather at the Cambridge parking lot next to the Charles River are those who have a share in Stillman’s meat CSA. This month’s share was mostly pork: pork chops, country style pork ribs, sweet Italian sausage, pork cutlets, ground pork, plus ground beef and […]

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Anniversary Dinner at Journeyman

November 9, 2010
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This year She Who Must Be Obeyed and I decided to try something a bit more casual for our anniversary dinner, which naturally led to our booking a table at Journeyman. It’s not to often that we go out for dinner on a Thursday, so it still felt like a special occasion. Again, this will […]

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Anniversary Dinner: Braised Lamb Shanks

November 4, 2010
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Last Saturday She Who Must Be Obeyed and I celebrated being married for seventeen years and managing not to kill each other. We had dinner out a few days earlier (Journeyman again, photos to follow in the next post), but I wanted to cook one of her favorite dishes, braised lamb shanks. There are countless […]

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Market Closing

October 30, 2010
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Today is the last day for the Union Square Farmer’s Market until next June. If I want fresh local vegetables in November, I’ll have to go to Davis Square, Central Square in Cambridge, or Copley Square in Boston, none of which are as convenient as my current one-block walk. I tried to buy at least […]

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Waning Market

October 23, 2010
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Next Saturday will be the final day of the season for the Union Square Farmer’s Market. After then, I’ll have to go to Davis Square for my winter fruit and vegetable fix. In the meantime, I was presented with a dilemma: do I buy more than I need this week, knowing that the stands are […]

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Chilling Market Effects

October 16, 2010
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Cold and windy today, which was reflected in the diminished variety of produce available at the market. Every vendor was intent on selling me apples and squash, although a few were attempting to fob off the last of their tomato crops as better than the hothouse versions in supermarkets. The great tomato fast begins, not […]

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Journeyman Revisited

October 13, 2010
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We ate at Journeyman again this past Saturday, one day short of three weeks since our visit on their opening weekend. Our neighbor suggested we return, but she didn’t have to do a lot of arm-twisting to get us to come along. We enjoyed the first meal, and I was eager to see how the […]

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Market Rebound

October 9, 2010
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I‘ve learnd that my mood can make all the difference when shopping at the farmer’s market. Last week, because I wasn’t feeling well, I bought the bare essentials. Today I saw possibilities at every stand. Still not much in terms of quantity, but everything has a specific use. I bought a long, thin ciabatta loaf […]

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Market Apathy

October 3, 2010
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No clever insights to accompany yesterday’s market run, just a list of the food: brioche loaf, chocolate banana bread, rainbow chard, cucumbers, pink potatoes, purple cauliflower, spicy lamb sausage, empire apples, and raspberries. I hope to have more enthusiasm next week. We’ll see.

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