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Beer, Local Brew Series 2012

Local Brew Series, Part 3: Jack’s Abby

No Comments 22 August 2012

We’re back with the Local Brew Series today, reviewing yet another local brewer, Jack’s Abby Brewing from Framingham MA. Founded officially in January 2011, this brewery was founded by three beer-loving brothers – Jack, Eric and Sam. What has become evident over the course of making this Local Brew Series is that many (all?) craft brewers start their “careers” home-brewing, and the real business is born out of that. Jack’s Abby is no different – Jack began experimenting with home brews when he was in college, and even harvested hops grown at their family farm in Vermont. Now approaching the anniversary of their second year of brewing, they continue to use high quality local ingredient and great recipes to make tasty and authentic beer.

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Summer Salad with Roasted Veggies and Peaches

No Comments 13 August 2012

With the same 10lbs of utility peaches that produced the Peach Cobbler Cupcakes we shared last week, I made this vibrant roasted vegetable and peach summer salad. I’m sure you can tell after a quick glance that this dish features beets – with that gorgeous vibrant Cabernet color, they make for a stunning bowl of food! Often root vegetables are associated with the winter months, for their heartiness and suitability to be slow roasted in the oven, but this dish does a wonderful job showcasing summer root vegetables alongside peaches, a surprising contrast that works really well together.

This salad starts with Israeli couscous – I used an Israeli couscous blend that worked wonderfully. Quinoa or farro would likely work as well. The veggies are roasted (beets and carrots), the peaches are diced, the feta is crumbled and the herbs (thyme and chives) are finely chopped. When each component is done, you toss them all together, watching each ingredient turn some hue of beet red, and dive right in! This is a wonderfully refreshing summer dish, full of fresh produce, nutrients, and some hearty carbs. I served this salad just a bit cooler than room temperature, and it really hit the spot. Continue Reading

Dinner 20: Back to School

The Dinner

No Comments 10 July 2012

jars ceramics poeme dinnerware on chileiwch chamomile bambo placemats

For Dinner 20, we left the cooking to a professional (you can see the complete menu here), letting us concentrate on assembling a beautiful summer table setting at our friend Marshall’s craftsman bungalow. We went tableclothless, exposing the veneered mahogany grain of Marhsall’s table, on which chamomile Chilewich Bamboo placemats set off the rich color of the wood with a bright pop of summery exuberance. Continue Reading

Dinner 20: Back to School

The Menu

No Comments 03 July 2012

david mellor cafe flatware and sea scallop

Amidst this New England heat wave, we took some time to cool off with wine and fresh seafood at a friend’s Cambridge dinner table. That friend and loyal Didriks customer is named Marshall, although the kids at Milton Academy probably know him better as Mr. Carter. That’s right, we ate at the principal’s table.

Marshall, being the gracious host that he is, arranged for Benji, who moonlights as a private chef, to come in and take care of the cooking. In his day job, Benji works at Milton Academy dining services. But, he’s not any old lunch-man. He’s responsible for much of the gourmet catering that emerges from the swinging doors of Milton’s kitchens for its many functions & fundraisers. Continue Reading

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