Peace, Love, and Sushi

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From our new friends at Jump Up and Kiss:

Originally posted on Jump Up and Kiss Me:

sushiIt’s 5:30 am and I’m rumbling down Route 195 to New Bedford in a fish truck with Rich Pasquill, who started in the fish business in ’83 with his dad.  Six years later he opened a sushi restaurant and fish market in southeastern Massachusetts that arguably has some of the freshest, best seafood I’ve ever tasted.  I wanted to learn how he does it.

Both Rich’s grandfathers were fishermen lost at sea – one in a bad storm off George’s Banks, and the other when a tanker hit his boat in the wrong lane.  Their names are on the wall at the Seamen’s Bethel, along with other local fishermen lost at sea, including New Bedford whalers.  “In this same New Bedford there stands a Whaleman’s Chapel, and few are the moody fishermen, shortly bound for the Indian Ocean or Pacific, who fail to make a Sunday visit to the spot,” wrote…

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24 Carrot Gold

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From our friend at Foodways Pilgrim:

Originally posted on Foodways Pilgrim:

Exactly how  many carrots are to a pound depend on the size of the carrots, but if you have 24 lovely little carrots, or about 3 pounds (2 1/2 pounds for cooking and a 1/2 pound for snacking) you can make some carrot salad for the days that remind you that although the Dog Days are over, summer isn’t really over quite yet, and some carrot soup for the days can get chilly and tell you Fall is coming soon, just not as soon as all the pumpkin flavored everything that is available would seem to indicate.

More then enough carrots here to make both soup and salad

More then enough carrots here to make both soup and salad, and have a little carrot nosh in the interim

CARROT SALAD

¾ cup dried chick peas or white beans

1 or 2 garlic cloves

1 ½ pounds carrots

1/3 cup olive oil

¼ cup vinegar –wine or cider

¼ – ½…

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It’s what’s inside that counts: The Burrata

By Eve R. Green.

Hungry again and craving cheese during a recent visit to the Easton Farmers’ Market, we were drawn to the Foxboro Cheese table to investigate the day’s offerings. Local cheese is sometimes challenging to find, so we were thrilled to see that Foxboro Cheese was not only selling their own products but also an assortment of cheese made by fellow area artisans.

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Cheese Please: Narragansett Creamery

By Eve R. Green.

Starving and undecided about lunch options–after “I don’t know, what do you want?” was repeated for the third time–we decided to stop at Lee’s Market in Westport and opted for the tried and true bread, cheese, and olives. With only a plastic knife gleaned from the salad bar we decided on 2 soft spreads that could be slathered on our pre-sliced, in-house baked, bread and a small container of mixed marinated olives. Finding local options is easy at Lee’s, they offer many well-labeled choices not only in their cheese department but throughout the store. Without knowing much about either spreads we chose the Angelito and Pirate spreads from Narragansett Creamery.

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Heirloom vs Hybrid

There are some estimates that fresh, sun-ripened tomatoes have become so wildly popular over store-bought-ethanol-gas-ripened ones, that tomato plants are now grown in 9 out of 10 gardens in America. I tested the theory by using the line ‘do you have a garden?’ followed by ‘do you grow your own tomatoes?’ as a conversation stimulator when I met somebody new and I can tell you, 9 out of 10 times, a lengthy tomato discussion ensued. Tomato varieties, pest control (dratted hornworms), where they are planted in the garden, and what sympathetic plants are planted nearby were eagerly shared–people are passionate I tell you! It makes me smile inside.

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Out and About – Walkin’ the Food Talk: Wollaston Beach

by Robert McNulty.

Have you been to Wollaston Beach lately? If you enjoy walking for cardiovascular health, this “beach walk” is a terrific choice. A round trip walk is just a little shy of 5 miles. The beach side of Quincy Shore Drive features a wide, flat sidewalk surface; you can walk uninterrupted for the distance of the beach. It’s great for establishing a vigorous walking rhythm if you are interested in aggressively burning some calories.

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42 Degrees North, Manomet

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From our hungry friends at Chow!

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IMG_20140710_215322_077Hooray!  Gina and the Big Dog have sniffed out yet another great place to dine in our area.

We arrived at 42 Degrees North, on Route 3A in Plymouth, on a warm summer evening to find the snazzy outdoor bar packed with patrons.  We spotted a couple of seats but found them marked with cell phones, the new universal symbol for “I’m still here.”  So we trudged indoors to the empty bar and nearly empty restaurant, and were glad we did.  There, we got the full attention of our affable bartender, Brooke, and learned lots of things.

For example, 42 Degrees North is part of a family of restaurants that include two more located further up the South Shore area than we typically venture.  They have a fishmonger who delivers a catch of the day and the kitchen is never sure what it’s going to be.  They change their menu…

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Love for Local Vendors: Babied by South Shore Organics

by Kate Zirpolo Flynn

I have a plan to break out of the winter and new mom hibernation: a trip to South Shore Organics to see Pam, Charlotte, and Maryann so I can get organic fruit and vegetables to make baby food! I live in Randolph which, in the Venn diagram that is the regions of eastern Massachusetts, is centered just above but outside the vector where suburban Boston and South Shore regions converge. This means I am adjacent to, but outside SSO’s regular delivery zone, and so I started bartering time for produce a couple of summers ago.
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Out and About – Walkin’ the Food Talk: The Greenway

By Robert McNulty.

Boston remains one of the Great Walkable Cities. For that matter, walking is often preferred over driving as the roadways don’t reflect any sense of order or pattern. Officially named The Rose Kennedy Greenway, this parkland has elevated walking to even greater popularity. For the pedestrians among us, The Greenway represents a crowning achievement in the 20-year “Big Dig” project. Where once stood the barricade-like Central Artery, now rests this inviting chain of parks. The cold shadows are gone. It is an area awash in sunlight and offers easy access to the adjoining neighborhoods and the trendy Seaport District. The Greenway presents a welcoming natural corridor from the Chinatown neighborhood to the Italian North End of Boston.

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Fruit of the Vine: What is EVOO Anyway?

by Cynthia Gallo-Casey.

This is the first of a two part series on olive oil quality and tasting. In this post, I’ll discuss some basic olive oil information and talk about how extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is made. In Part II, I’ll take you through an olive oil tasting and share a refreshing summer recipe.

As owner of olive oil boutique The Roman Table, I have the good fortune to share my passion for fabulous food and quality ingredients with my family, friends, customers, business associates and anyone who will listen on a day-to-day basis! My goal is to give each and every visitor to my shop not only a unique tasting experience, but also an education, and leave them wanting more! Through this blog, my hope is to share that knowledge with even more people.

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