Appetizers

Chestnut Pear Tatin

by Sean St. John
Chestnut Pear Tatin

Ever since Paris, chestnuts have been that dreamy food that instantly evokes wintertime. Like hot dogs or pretzels are to New York City, chestnuts are to Paris, dotting every corner when you begin to see your breath. Sean shared this celebratory recipe to get us in the holiday spirit. Go roast some chestnuts, okay? xo-Maggie

Pickled Fennel

by Maggie Battista
Pickled Fennel

With six bulbs of fennel hiding out in my fridge and a small village set to descend for Thanksgiving, I made this condiment for my big share boards that hang out all day. A share board is essentially a platter filled with all sorts of delicious bites that guests can share as an appetizer or

Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau with a French Dinner Party

by Kate H. Knapp
What We’re Loving: Beaujolais Nouveau Dinner Party

With Beaujolais Nouveau Day fast approaching (the third Thursday in November every year), we’re putting on our menu-planning hats and coming up with ways to celebrate the new wine. Bottled just 6 to 8 weeks after harvest, Beaujolais has very little tannin and typically is quite fruity and light. In fact, some find the purple-pink wine

Travel Bite: Berkshires’ Mezze Bistro + Farm Egg on Peas, Favas, and Scapes

by Kate H. Knapp
Travel Bite: Berkshires’ Mezze Bistro + Farm Egg on Peas, Favas, and Scapes

In the last few days, I’ve shared some of my favorite makers and a killer coffeehouse in western Massachusetts’ the Berkshires. Now I’d like to tell you about a lovely spot for a one-of-a-kind dinner, as well as a recipe for you to try at home. It’s no secret that I love to share food. You see,

Earl Grey & Gin Cured Salmon Appetizer Toasts

by Sean St. John
Earl Grey & Gin Cured Salmon Appetizer Toasts Recipe

I first found smoked fish when living in Manhattan; every Jewish-style deli worth its weight offered a great option. Smoked mussels were popular at my Maine wedding. And now, I generally only eat smoked salmon during layovers at London’s Heathrow Airport when I treat myself to a little fish and a lot of wine during

Grilled Peach and Pistachio Dukkah Tartine

by Josephine Rozman
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Yesterday, Josephine shared four Picnic Tartines for this weekend’s picnic or a back-to-school lunch. Today, we’re sharing a fancier recipe using juicy grilled peaches, an easy Middle Eastern yogurt dip, and homemade Pistachio Dukkah. This tartine needs a grill, a bottle of wine, and good company. Get to it, quick, before summer ends! – Amy

Picnic Tartines

by Josephine Rozman
Four Summer Picnic Tartines Recipes

We love tartines. Even more so, we love tartines made with homemade bread and gorgeous ingredients. Josephine’s petite sandwiches have us ready to whip out the picnic-ware and hit the road. These are perfect for sophisticated alfresco dining or an exceptional lunch, and could easily be a star appetizer. The bread was made by and

Individual Plum-Frangipane Crostatas

by Molly Shuster
Individual Plum-Frangipane Crostatas

Sometimes only non-pie will do, and these little crostatas are the perfect non-pie desserts to spread out along a big late summer party buffet, or to wrap individually as tiny good-bye summer food gifts to your dearest. Thanks to Molly, you can also fit them snugly into a lunchbox right about now too, and that

All-Purpose Quick Pickle Brine

by Maggie Battista
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Let’s be quick about this because you have way better things to do than sit inside pickling over a steaming stove all summer. On Saturday, my darling Italian neighbor gave me peppers, cucumbers and parsley from her garden. My garden is suffering, big time, so I got a little glassy-eyed when she handed me her

What We’re Loving: Avocado

by Rachel Wilson
What We’re Loving: Avocado

I usually try to eat as locally and seasonally as possible, but there are some foods for which I’ll make an exception. Until I move back to California and get an avocado tree in my yard, avocado will have to be one of those foods. We always have some on hand these days to feed

Grilled Oysters with Herb Butter

by Matthew Petrelis
Grilled Oysters with Herb Butter

It’s summer and like I said in this post for Beef, Stout & Oyster Pie last week, I am oyster-crazy right now. Once grilled, small oysters take on an sweeter, concentrated note. And topped with herb butter, well, it’s basically game over. Thanks to Matthew’s recipe, you know where I’ll be next weekend: huddled by

What We’re Grilling: Recipes for the 4th of July

by Rachel Wilson
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Happy (early) Fourth of July everyone! I don’t have the statistics to back me up on this, but I suspect that our Nation’s Birthday is the day that the largest number of barbeque grills are used in the United States (followed by Labor Day and Memorial Day). If you aren’t hosting a BBQ, you’ll probably

Killer Scallion Kimchi (Part 2)

by Angela Brown
What They Eat: Killer Scallion Kimchi

A fridge full of quick wins is what keeps us all going. After long days running a super successful New York City food business, Angela piles this on top of her humble dinner and, wow, when can we have some? If you missed Angela’s first post on the trials and loves of starting a food

Rosemary Infused Honey

by Mary Swenson
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I love France for many reasons, and one of them is the flavored olive oils, vinegars, and honeys. They seem to make each and every dish just a little more special, a little more thought about. A splash of tarragon vinegar, a drizzle of basil oil, or the very best, a little pool of flavored

Spicy Mayonnaise

by Matthew Petrelis
Spicy Mayo

My fridge is filled with condiments and I find they make the very best #foodgiftlove to the man, husband, father, backyard barbecue person in your life. I want to drizzle Matthew’s Spicy Mayonnaise onto just grilled vegetables or a potluck potato salad. If you like grilled potatoes, it would no doubt be a stellar dipping

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