Tara Bellucci

Tara Bellucci is a lifelong New Englander who grew up in the kitchen and never left. A founder of the Boston Food Swap, it's her mission to share culinary creations and connect people through the joys of real food. Outside of swapping, Tara writes about décor & design for Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn. See what she’s up to at tarabellucci.com.

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Cornbread Dumplings on Beef Bean Chili

by Tara Bellucci
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As a southern girl currently abroad, Tara’s recipe makes me a little homesick, and a LOT hungry. Hearty chili and cornbread are a classic pairing – but cooked like this you’ve got ease, gorgeous presentation, and a truly complete one pot meal! -Amy  Chili is delicious any season, but I particularly love it in the

Chai-Smoked Spareribs

by Tara Bellucci
Chai Smoked Spareribs

When Joanne Chang expanded beyond the world’s best cinnamon buns and scones to New England-sourced Taiwanese soul food and Southeast Asian street food, Boston perked up. Meyers + Chang is packed most nights with happy eaters and dishes to inspire that happiness. Thank goodness, Tara was also inspired to recreate one of their best dishes. Now

Making Apple Cider in New England

by Tara Bellucci
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Mmmm, this little New England snippet from Tara has me sniffing the air for that unmistakably rich cider smell. My first taste of the real stuff was a mere two years ago, warmed in a kettle and presented in little metal cups. Let this be your inspiration to go storm an orchard and make friends

Food Lover’s Guide to Vermont

by Tara Bellucci
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For me, Vermont is another one of those states that has a mystical haze surrounding it – for heaven’s sake, they have kingdoms there! Fortunately, Tara’s guide to her favorite places to eat and visit help solve a piece of the puzzle.  So here’s the important question – who’s driving?  -Amy Vermont and I are

Homemade Tortillas

by Tara Bellucci
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There’s quite a bit of effort involved in making tortillas from scratch. Processing your own, locally sourced flour with lime? That’s a whole other level of commitment to food excellence, and one that I can’t help but admire. These tortillas are the definition of comfort food, and the difference between delicious and out-of-this-world. Can’t wait

National Can-it-Forward Day is August 17th

by Tara Bellucci
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Even though I grew up in a canning household, I’m still a little intimidated by the process. The concept of Can It Forward Day is something I can totally get behind as a learning (and eating) opportunity! If my sister wasn’t turning the big 3-0 that day, I would totally be there, canning jars in

The Preservation Kitchen

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Preserving the season is the most fun part of this food life, but my pantry is overflowing with jams, pickles, spices and sauces. If I’m not gifting these jars, I’m searching for recipes to use them up throughout the year. Tara’s found a beautiful book to help us all do just that. Now, pass that

Mulled Apple Cider Jelly & Cookbook Giveaway

by Tara Bellucci
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It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year (in my best sing-songy voice)…the Eat Boutique Holiday Market, of course! It is just around the corner (Sunday, December 9!) and to get us all in the Holiday Market spirit we’ll be writing a series of posts about the makers and authors joining us for the event.

Orange Vanilla Simple Syrup

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Homemade simple syrup is the home cook’s secret weapon. A little sugar, water and fruit infusion is so simple to make and will knock the socks off your friends and family. I have several syrups in my fridge at any given time, as it’s a great way to use over-ripe fruit. This creamsicle concoction from

Giardiniera – Italian Pickled Vegetables

by Tara Bellucci
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With another monthly food swap on the calendar, Tara got busy creating an updated version of one of her childhood favorites:  Italian pickled vegetables.  She took a store-bought family staple and made a delicious homemade replica that I know would be gobbled up at my next backyard soiree.  What family food memory has inspired you

Wicked Good Barbecue

by Tara Bellucci
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I like to be surrounded by cookbooks.  I let them pile up and inspire me.  Digging in to a new one or leafing through an old favorite make me equally happy.  They are a rainy day comfort, I can pick one up before bed, heck, some even make great beach reads.  And this one –

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam & a “Swapiversary” Party

by Tara Bellucci
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I’m thrilled to help Boston Food Swap celebrate it’s one year mark on June 21, which they’ve aptly dubbed the one year swapiversary.  Organizations like this,  founded to give local food lovers a place to swap abundant homemade, homegrown or foraged food, have a special place in my heart and my kitchen. -Maggie Last June,

Fava Bean Spread with Mint & Preserved Lemon

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Last month Tara introduced us to  Boston Food Swap,  an organization she co-founded that lets local food lovers swap abundant homemade, homegrown or foraged food.   At this month’s event  she swapped homemade batches of fava bean spread.  She tells us there’s been quite a bounty on hand recently: jams and pancetta to smoked fish,

Ramp Pesto and Pickled Ramps

by Tara Bellucci
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Looking for some new twists this ramp season? Thanks to our new contributor Tara, we are now well versed in a pickled and pureed version of this early spring vegetable that let us savor it for much longer. She makes the increasingly popular ramps so appealing that they were a top trade at a recent

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