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Tammy Donroe
I am a freelance writer and mother of two with, apparently, too much time on my hands.
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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 3 days ago at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Last week, we were on vacation at our friend's lake house on the New York- Pennsylvania line. Everyone got lucky with the fishing this year. We must have caught at least 20 fish, mostly sunfish and various basses (largemouth, smallmouth,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
Well, we're off on vacation. As always, I've booby-trapped our home with poison ivy, both inside and out, so steal our junk at your own risk. Before I go, I thought I'd leave you with a quick summer dinner that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
We were at my in-laws' down the Cape over the weekend when I was suddenly overcome with the urge to make pie. I'm usually a total sloth once we cross over the Sagamore bridge, burying my nose in various books... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
I know that snails are bad for gardens, but I was glad I found a couple of them today because there was one for each boy to play with. They built a little habitat out of rocks and twigs in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
I hope cherry season isn't over, yet, because you have got to try some of this cobbler! I made it for the Fourth of July, but it would be equally delicious on the Fourteenth of July, say, or even the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
It may be off-season for the kids, but the school garden is still a-growing. Above is the last of the sugar snap peas. Below, bee balm is in bloom, lilies in the distance. One of many pumpkin plants sown by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
Here's a book that was made for summer: The Coastal Table. In it are seasonal recipes and beautiful photos from the farms and shores of southern Massachusetts. I met author Karen Covey at the Eat Boutique holiday market in Boston... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD