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Food Road Trip; Portland, Maine in Summer

To mark my 58th birthday, Elisa and I hit the road early and set our sights on Portland, Maine. Portland, for a city of its size, has an amazing food scene, and we like food. It seemed like a match … Continue reading

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Fathers’ Day, Bistecca alla Fiorentina

I don’t have a formal bucket list, but if I did, at the top would be a visit to Panzano, so I could experience eating the beef of Dario Cecchini, arguably the world’s greatest butcher. I first read about Dario … Continue reading

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Rendering Leaf Lard or Beef Suet

I’ve been using processed lard in my Vodka Pie Crust Recipe for several years because I get a more flaky crust than I do when using butter or shortening. But store bought lard is partially hydrogenated to extend its shelf … Continue reading

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Dave’s Chili Con Carne

Chili, for most Americans, contains beans. This is a little odd, because as anyone who has been to a Chili competition can tell you, fillers such as beans, pasta, or rice are simply not allowed. This is pretty much consistent … Continue reading

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Maple Syrup Season in New Hampshire

It’s maple syrup season here in New England, and for the past few weeks, sugarhouses have been busy, boiling down maple sap to create maple syrup. You really don’t see sap buckets on the trees like the ones shown in … Continue reading

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Homemade Griddle Cake (Pancake) Mix

Ingredients Basic Mix: 5 cups all purpose flour 2 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons Salt Additional Ingredients: 1 cup milk 1 egg, beaten 2 Tablespoons margarine, melted Making the Dry Griddle Cake Mix … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Bread Baking

This morning, as I occasionally do on Sunday mornings, I baked up this nice loaf of crusty, rustic European bread. This particular loaf is destined for Elisa’s Ribollita recipe, but I’m also baking a second one, just to have around … Continue reading

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Dinner at New World Bistro Bar, Albany, NY

My wife and I drove to Albany a few weeks ago to see the Doc Watson concert at The Egg. Elisa had researched the restaurant scene in Albany, and after she showed me the menu, we decided that the New … Continue reading

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