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Tammy Donroe
Boston
I am a freelance writer and mother of two with, apparently, too much time on my hands.
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I was closing up the school garden yesterday, and look what I found. Actual carrots! Remember how I said the deer kept eating the carrot tops all the way down to the ground? Well, I guess they missed a few.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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Every time I get a request to give a lecture or demonstration to promote my cookbook, I die a little inside. It's not that I don't want to talk about my book—I love my book! It just means I have... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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UGLY FOOD ALERT! I'm on a roll with the brown food lately, but at least I gave you a glinty fork in the background this time so count your blessings. This Anglo-Indian beef stir-fry is a good dish to know:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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Parsnip lovers rejoice! My recipe for maple-parsnip cake is in the November 2014 issue of Parents magazine. It's on newsstands now if you're interested in checking it out (picture p. 136, recipe p. 174). What's that you say, you don't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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That's what the kids dubbed last Tuesday's meal: The Dinner of Death. Talk about dramatic. I mean, it's just a bunch of Brussels sprouts, shiitake mushrooms, blue cheese, walnuts, herbs, and some kind of weirdo healthy looking whole grain also... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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I don't know about where you are, but 'round here it's nasty outside: windy, cold, and sleeting. Like walking through a carwash that sprays cold applesauce. Here's my advice: stay inside and make something warm, sweet, and cozy. If that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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I received a huge quantity of quinces a few weeks ago from the Quince Lady (who I wrote about in my cookbook). This was great news because homemade quince paste is one of my most favorite things to eat in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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This year's school garden saw a mix of success and failure. Many things thrived. The herbs flourished. The sungold tomatoes produced well. The nasturtiums blossomed all summer long. We had at least five pumpkins, though a couple were found smashed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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I know, I know, my food styling has regressed to pre-2008 standards. But hungry kids have no patience for all that camera foolishness, and who could blame them? We get lots of tomatillos in our farmshare in the fall, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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Remember how much I hated black walnuts, the wild relatives of regular English walnuts? And how I couldn't imagine anyone putting such a strong, weird flavor into dessert? Well, look what I did: I turned them into dessert! Don't blame... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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I was wandering around the local library the other day following signs for a book sale. When I finally found it, the woman at the table was apologetic: it was the last day and pretty picked over. She seemed worried... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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Here's a cool mushroom I stumbled across last week: a lion's mane or bear's head tooth mushroom (Hericium americanum), a choice edible according to the books. I did not sample it as Husband was away on business and therefore unavailable... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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We recently went camping at Cape Cod's Nickerson State Park. The weather was unbelievably gorgeous, an extension of the flawless weather we had all summer: warm, dry, sunny. Such streaks make me feel like we're going to pay come winter.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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It's almost October, which means two things: 1. It's apple-picking season—get thee to an orchard!! and 2. Time to get your copy of WINTERSWEET down from the highest shelf and start making baked caramel apples, ginger apple cake, and apple... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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So many beautiful fall raspberries, so little time. I recently acquired some tiny little tart tins. I wouldn't have pegged myself for a tiny little tart tin kind of girl, but I do have a weakness for pie-like things. And... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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Ladies and gentleman, I present the 11YO's dinner debut. The other day, my eldest son asked me to teach him how to cook. Come again, I said? He repeated that he wanted to learn how to cook. My first thought,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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Back before kids, we had a favorite Thai place in Watertown. It's gone now, but the memory of all those beautiful curries in red, yellow, orange, and green still lingers. (Also lingering is the memory of having all that spare... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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Now that school is back in session, it's challenging to return to the usual state of structure and restraint. But it's very necessary, both for the belly and the budget. We're still getting tons of cucumbers in our farmshare, so... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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Just sneaking in a few more summer photos before I succumb fully to fall. It's hard to watch summer waning. I still remember the creeping dread I felt as a child knowing that September was drawing steadily nearer, the first... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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On the second day of our Cape Cod vacation, a note was deposited on our windshield. It informed us that the beach we were walking to—the beach we've always walked to—is a private neighborhood association beach and we're not allowed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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Summer vacation may be all but over, but there are still plenty of good grilling days left. While we were away, Husband arranged a chartered fishing trip in Cape Cod Bay. We left on the Janine B out of Sesuit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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1. Follow me on Pinterest! I've been pinning some of my favorite recipes and photographs from all over the web onto my pinboards, and it always makes me super-hungry. It's a good way for me to keep track of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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Wow, people don't hold back in the comment section of the Internet, do they? I should know this by now. You guys have lulled me into a false sense of security. I went over to the Fine Cooking web site... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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Summer squash getting you down? Do you have enough bat-sized zucchini to supply a major league baseball team? If so, then you need to make this soup. It's bright and flavorful with Indian flavors and only requires a half hour... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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As I mentioned, we were vacationing at our friend Red's remote lake house last week. No bats to report this year. No unsightly poison ivy rashes, either (but rest assured that Poison-Ivy-Face will rear her ugly head again, just when... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD