Amines to an End

September 25, 2010
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Summer is officially over, but the market stands haven’t noticed, as evidenced by the abundance of corn and tomatoes still available. I bought neither, out of concern for He Who Will Not Be Ignored’s orthodontia for the former, and bacause She Who Must Be Obeyed brought home a basket of the latter from a co-worker. […]

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September 21, 2010
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Since the demise of eat and the Union Square Bistro, there has been a lack of fine dining establishments in Union Square, which is full of pubs and ethnic eateries. If you wanted creatively prepared cuisine in a pleasant setting, you had to go to (in order of distance) EVOO (now Bergamot), Hungry Mother, or […]

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Market Adjustment

September 18, 2010
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Now that I have twenty four pints of tomato sauce, made from fifty pounds of plum tomatoes (post to follow), I don’t want to see fresh tomatoes for at least a week. I kept the shopping mostly to essentials: corn, napa cabbage, yellow carrots, chinese broccoli, cauliflower, raspberries, and two thick-cut smoked pork chops. Not […]

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Market Indifference

September 11, 2010
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Today’s market trip, my quickest on record, could have been the ending of a Twilight Zone episode: at every turn I was prevented from buying what I needed by an obstacle course of excessively long webbed leashes attached to the smallest, yappiest dogs imaginable. I stepped on an apple that had fallen off a table, […]

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Market Confidence

September 4, 2010
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Hurricane? What hurricane? Earl turned out to be a big dud that watered my yard last night and left us with a perfect day. It was time to replenish some end-of-summer staples: cherry and heirloom tomatoes, green beans, peaches, the world’s best honeycrisp apples, raspberries, corn, and celery root (which, to my surprise, actually smells […]

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No Foam 101 for Me

September 2, 2010
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Back in March of this year, the food blogosphere picked up on this article in The Washington Post, which reported that Ferran Adrià of El Bulli and his friend José Andrés, prominent DC area chef, would be lecturing at Harvard University this fall. A bit of searching unearthed the official announcement from Harvard, which I […]

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Boston Restaurant Week: Craigie on Main

August 31, 2010
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Restaurant Week is always an iffy proposition: You get to eat a meal at a good restaurant for around $40, but the menu is either restricted to a few items, or is “specially created” for the event. I have avoided these offers until this month, when Craigie on Main offered its “Neighborhood Menu” as a […]

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August 22, 2010
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I had to reschedule my monthly meat CSA pickup to today because I’l be away on my usual day. I journeyed to the wilds of Brookline to retrieve ground beef, a five-pound chicken, four lamb rib chops, two pork chops, some pork cutlets, and a package of bacon. But this post isn’t about what I […]

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Market Exuberance

August 21, 2010
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Tomorrow is the start of the cheap summer lobster sale at the local supermarket, only $4/pound. With that in mind, my shopping list reflected a few days of lobster-based dinners to come. More tomatoes as always, the heirlooms for eating raw, the plums for cooking, corn, Boston lettuce, chives, cippolini onions, peaches and raspberries (great […]

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Market [noun]

August 14, 2010
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Now that the weather is cooler it’s safer for babies and pets, so today’s market run was mostly me negotiating an obstacle course of strollers and leashes. Dog owners act mystified when you get angry about being clotheslined by a ten-foot leash in a bustling market, because the alternative — courtesy — is beyond their […]

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