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The origin story of pimiento cheese: A Southern staple for decades, the colorful cheese spread is gaining popularity in New England
07-09-2024 1:19 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Cheese has always been my favorite food category. If I had to choose between it and chocolate, I’d choose cheese (and I adore chocolate). Nevertheless, I was unfamiliar with pimiento cheese for much of my life.When I was in my early 20s I moved to...

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Embracing the smash burger: Attempting to make at home the newest trend in fast food
07-16-2024 12:54 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

My love for food is rooted in tradition and family — so it can take me a while to catch on to current trends in Foodie Land. I have thus only just discovered the smash burger.Smash burgers are the current chic descendant of the hamburger, a dish that...


Cupcakes the color and taste of summer: Strawberries provide natural food coloring for this sweet treat
06-25-2024 2:20 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

A couple of decades ago (maybe longer!), I took a recipe-writing class from Nancy Baggett. Nancy is an accomplished teacher, recipe developer, and cookbook author who specializes in baking. She was calm and thorough, and I learned a lot from her.We...


A simple sandwich that oozes comfort: The ‘asparadilla’ uses local produce in a classic Mexican dish
06-11-2024 2:31 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I have always had a fondness for what the late cookbook editor and writer Judith Jones called “nursery foods,” simple dishes that appeal to the child in all of us.One of my favorite such foods is grilled cheese. When my teeth sink into the crispy...


On Mother’s Day, we’ll always have Paris: A crêpe recipe in honor of my French-speaking mother
05-07-2024 2:07 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I recently received an odd email from Macy’s. It said that the retailer understood that not everyone wanted to receive Mother’s Day emails and offered me the opportunity to opt out of those missives.I’m not sure why Mother’s Day was singled in out...


Sharing the gift of spring: The tradition of making May Baskets for May Day
04-30-2024 2:25 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

May 1, May Day, arrives almost halfway between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice. Although spring officially arrives on the former day, our weather often doesn’t feel springlike until April … and, as recent weeks have shown, it can sometime...


‘The butler did it’: A story about ‘Jeopardy,’ body image and tomato sauce
04-02-2024 4:06 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I frequently wow my nephew as we compete to yell the answers to the questions (or rather the questions to the answers) on “Jeopardy” at the television set. My secret is that I have had way too much schooling and have read way too many books.I was...


‘No bunnies in the Bible’: Unpacking the myths and history of hot cross buns at Easter
03-26-2024 3:55 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

When I was a child, I loved embracing spring at this time of year by eating a hot cross bun. I still do.Hot cross buns are sweet, yeasty rolls traditionally served toward the end of Lent, specifically on Good Friday. The cross of icing that tops them...


All maple syrups are not created equal: A brief history of the sweet stuff we make from sap
03-19-2024 1:26 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

March is Massachusetts Maple Month. Farmers in our area are working around the clock to turn the sap that flows from maple trees into the sweet elixir that New Englanders prize year round.It’s not just full-time farmers who make maple syrup. My friend...


A bread that unites us all: For St. Patrick’s Day, a savory soda bread with cheese and chives
03-12-2024 4:06 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I think of my mother and her grandmother whenever I get ready for St. Patrick’s Day. I forage in the basement for my light-up shamrock (which a neighbor whom I shall not name says makes the house look like a low-rent tavern). I affix it to a window,...


Replicable yet flexible: For National Soup Month, a simple recipe that will never steer you wrong
01-23-2024 2:59 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

January is National Soup Month so I thought for this week I would make one of my favorite soups and share the story of its origins.Some home cooks don’t write down recipes at all. I was one of those cooks before I became a food writer. I would combine...


In the kitchen with Fannie Farmer: A brief history of the ‘Mother of Level Measurements’
01-16-2024 11:42 AM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Like many American home cooks, I own more cookbooks than I can use.Over the years, hand-me-downs from family members, birthday gifts, and impulse purchases have brought more than 100 volumes to my kitchen shelves.When I decide to try preparing a dish...


I cannot tell a lie: I made cherry pudding
02-20-2023 7:22 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Presidents’ Day is a relatively new holiday. It was established in 1971.February used to honor Lincoln and Washington separately on their birthdays. This omnibus holiday generously embraces all presidents, even the incompetent ones like James Buchanan...


A NOURISHED SOUL
01-31-2023 3:51 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

We have entered that gloomy time of year. Although the days are beginning to get longer and lighter, the landscape is snowy and icy. I find that nothing cheers me up in weather like this than the smell (and the taste) of bread fresh from the oven.One...


Dumplings for prosperity
01-24-2023 4:02 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Happy Lunar New Year! We have just entered the Year of the Rabbit. As readers may know, the Chinese Zodiac comprises 12 signs. Each is assigned an animal, and the animals repeat in a 12-year cycle. This roughly corresponds to the time it takes Jupiter...


A soup from the sea
01-17-2023 4:42 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

 Last week I wrote about National Soup Month and gave readers a simple soup recipe of my own. This week I return to the topic with an expert on soups I don’t make very often, those involving fish and seafood.That expert is Craig Fear of Southampton....


Split pea soup, in time for National Soup Month
01-10-2023 3:53 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

January is National Soup Month. It was so designated in 1986 by the   Campbell’s Soup Co. as a promotional tool for its products.I am not precisely thrilled about the origins of Soup Month, but I endorse the general idea. When temperatures turn cold...


A food passage to India
01-03-2023 4:27 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Food fulfills many functions for human beings. It nourishes our bodies, giving us strength to face the world. It gives us a chance to express our creativity as we play with ingredients and recipes.To me, one of food’s most important purposes is to...

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