Category Archives: EVOLUTION OF A DISH

One Loaf of Soda Bread – HOLD THE BLARNEY

Readers of edible South Shore & South Coast who reside in the suburban sector jocularly known as the ‘Irish Riviera’ will find this hard to believe: I grew up here without knowing a single person who advertised Irish ancestry. That’s … Continue reading

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New England Boiled Dinner

Evolution of a Dish By: Katherine Perry The name “New England Boiled Dinner” proclaims its humility a little too proudly to be entirely authentic. It says, “Here in New England, we boil our food and call it dinner. What you … Continue reading

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Evolution of a Dish: Indian Pudding

Evolution of a Dish By: Katherine Perry Indian Pudding is incredibly simple to make, and so you would think mastering it wouldn’t be the mark of an especially accomplished homemaker. But there was apparently time in New England history when … Continue reading

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Johnny Cakes

Evolution of a Dish By: Katherine Perry There is a special difficulty in writing on a topic where even the name of the topic is up for debate. Johnny-cakes, the ones I grew up with, were simple: fluffy, cornbready pancakes. … Continue reading

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Boston Brown Bread

Evolution of a Dish By: Katherine Perry There’s a quiz section in my favorite new, old cookbook, Imogene Wolcott’s 1939’s The New England Yankee Cookbook, called “R U A YANKEE COOK?”. I’ve been theorizing that right now we’re having a … Continue reading

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Finnan Haddie

Evolution of a Dish By: Katherine Perry Finnan Haddie sounds to me like the saucy little-fish-kid sidekick in a Little Mermaid knock-off. Li’l Finnan would be orange, with a bright green tartan scarf and matching tam, and have two permanent … Continue reading

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Evolution of a Dish: Popovers

Evolution of a Dish Popovers, as James Beard describes them in his 1972 American Cookery “…are a  delight to the eye, the tooth and the palate. They are purely American.” This came as something of a surprise to a haughty, red-headed … Continue reading

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