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Desserts, Recipes

Strawberry Lemon Cookies

No Comments 24 August 2012

Strawberries and lemon are a pretty classic combination. Maybe not on the level of strawberries dipped in chocolate, or strawberries and cream – but generally speaking you can’t go wrong. This recipe is a fusion of traditional sugar cookies with lemon and strawberries added in, resulting in a completely new summer cookie.

The edges are a bit crispy, the centers delicate and soft – a really wonderful texture contrast that kept us grabbing for cookie after cookie after cookie. These little beauties are dangerous, since it’s hard to stop after just one. Continue Reading

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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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 18: The Holidays with Cuisine en Locale

The Dinner

No Comments 13 December 2011

holiday toast with schott zwiesel champagne flutes

This December, for our annual holiday dinner, we gathered at Jonathan’s house at a table inspired by the glittering veil of fresh snowfall–although we haven’t had any yet. We set chrome iittala Piano Workshop flatware and light-scattering Kosta Boda Limelight plates on slightly wrinkled white Libeco Home table linen and white Chilewich lattice placemats that sparkle like snow crystals. Like a blanket of fresh snow, the setting was simple and clean, with candlelight from iittala Kivi votives reflecting off the etched patterns in the Kosta Boda plates and the iittala Ultima highballs, with feet like beads of ice. And like the setting, the food provided by JJ Gonson of Cuisine en Locale represented a return to the essentials, with a focus of delicious ingredients and simple, hearty preparation. Continue Reading

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