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Squash Blossom Fritters

Make these with male flowers (long stalk; lacking fruit-producing apparatus, like, you know, an ovary) all summer long. Or, if overwhelmed with zucchini, practice birth control in the garden by taking females, too! Keep these local by using Hannahbells, the thimble-sized soft cheeses from Shy Brothers Farm in Westport; or try a nice alpine cheese […]

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Hot & Sour Soup

By Paula Marcoux. You can put together a delicious home-style version of this ubiquitous restaurant standby in minutes if you keep your pantry stocked with a few key items, including dried daylily buds. This family recipe comes courtesy of my cousin Steven Chen, who has kindly interpreted the instructions of his parents, Kwang Uei Chen […]

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Mizo-Glazed Pork Belly WITH ASPARAGUS, FRIED EGG & NORI

by Mike Peters, Owner/Chef, The Tasty The pork belly’s initial cooking renders some wonderful fat; once it’s chilled, harvesting that bounty is child’s play. It’s a nice touch to substitute it for the neutral oil called for in the finishing step. The Pork Belly: 1–2 pounds fresh pork belly, skin off 2 teaspoons salt ¼ […]

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Strawberry Panna Cotta

by Chef Brent Turner, The Tasty WITH PISTACHIO MERINGUE The panna cotta may be unmolded before serving, or presented in ramekins or a soufflé dish. 1 quart fresh local strawberries, hulled and sliced 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided ¼ cup Grand Marnier ¼ cup cool water 2 teaspoons gelatin 1¼ cups heavy cream […]

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Salad of Spring Lettuces

by Chef John Hamilton, The Tasty WITH WALNUTS, PROSCIUTTO, RICOTTA, AND GRILLED LEMON VINAIGRETTE 2 lemons, halved crosswise 2 tablespoons grainy or Dijon mustard 8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste ¾ cup whole milk ricotta 12 ounces spring mix: (lettuces, spinach, kale, radicchio, frisée, etc.) 4 […]

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DROWSY BEE BEDTIME DRAUGHT

3 hop cones 6 mint flower spikes 4 pink clover blossoms 1 tablespoon chamomile flowers 1 tablespoon linden flowers local honey*, to taste Put 3 cups local spring water in a small pot with a lid. Bring to a boil, add hops, and simmer very gently for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and add remaining […]

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Not Just Another Pretty Face

Tall, bright, and blonde (sometimes redhead or brunette), the sunflower is not just another pretty face. The flower world may be rooted in good looks and pollinator appeal, both attributes the sunflower aptly commands, but this plant earns its most industrious living by working to clean the soil — an exceptional talent that belies its […]

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Some Kind of Wonderful

If you’re in the florist industry, then you know W.C. Carpenter is a name associated with bright blue eyes, a quick smile, and deep access to the flower market in Boston. Billy has been in “the flower business” for over thirty years, and he knows every flower, every season, every occasion. And if you know […]

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Empty Bowls, An Artisan’s Spin: Feeding the Hungry

When Lisa Howard was growing up in Norwell, her parents often took her to volunteer at a homeless shelter in Brockton. A few decades later, the now potter and business owner is paying that lesson forward. Lisa Howard is helping South Shore residents support local food shelters while introducing them to her passion for handcrafted […]

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Skyroc Takes Flight

Tracey Cinelli believes in community. “We’re New Englanders at heart,” she states, in the warm darkness of her Skyroc Brewery taproom in Attleboro, MA. “We get together and shovel each other’s driveways.” She’s talking about community and family, and how one becomes the other, sometimes over the course of a few pints. The brewery is […]

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