food, travel

Where to Eat on Pickering Wharf in Salem, Massachusetts

Pickering Wharf in Salem, Massachusetts, is a 1970s-built waterfront district with a 19th-century feel.  It boasts a marina, boutique shops selling everything from the obligatory witch kitsch to bags made from recycled sails, and lots of restaurants featuring an array of fabulous fresh seafood.  Here are my favorites: Sea Level Oyster Bar offers so much… Read More Where to Eat on Pickering Wharf in Salem, Massachusetts


Easter Pie

Wheat Pie for Easter is a Neopolitan tradition.  There are different legends about why.  Some say the wheat represents the Resurrection.  Others believe it stems from the much-anticipated arrival of a grain ship during a famine.  I suppose both could be true.   It’s a rich, fruity, creamy pie.  It’s a lot of work–and a lot… Read More Easter Pie


Pot Roast

There’s nothing like pot roast.  It was one of my favorite winter Sunday dinners growing up in New England.  To me, it represents home and family, warmth when it’s cold outside, hearty sustenance on a leisurely afternoon.  I used to help my mother by chopping up the vegetables in the morning.  Here I’ve updated my… Read More Pot Roast


Herbal Cheese Sauce

A basic white sauce is one of the most useful items in a home cook’s repertoire.  It’s delicious plain, called béchamel, but it’s also versatile and can be enhanced with different flavors.  A béchamel with cheese is called a mornay sauce; with fresh herbs, it’s called a chivry sauce.  I’ve combined the two here into… Read More Herbal Cheese Sauce


Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore is classic Italian comfort food.  The word cacciatore means hunter, and the style of cooking means a dish that is hearty with lots of earthy vegetables and some wine.  I’ve updated my Grandma Carbone’s recipe here.  I use a combination of breasts and thighs; you can use just thighs if you prefer, but… Read More Chicken Cacciatore


Breakfast in a Mug

Looking for an easy breakfast to eat before (or during!) your morning Zoom meeting?  I put this simple recipe together because I wanted something quick but protein-packed.  To make it flavorful with minimal prep, I’ve used a blend of fresh herbs; you can mix up your own favorites.  If you want something heartier, you can… Read More Breakfast in a Mug


Use-What-You-Have Cookie Bars

Is there anything better than cookies in brownie form?  Soft, chewy, yummy–and easy to bake.  If you’re like me, your pantry becomes a haven for the left-over mix-ins from past recipes–chocolate chips, candy bits, chopped nuts, mini-marshmallows.  The list goes on.  And if you’re like me, you can’t bear the thought of waste.  What do… Read More Use-What-You-Have Cookie Bars


French-Canadian Crêpes

Crêpes are one of those wonderful foods, like pie, that can be made sweet or savory, and served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. French-Canadian crêpes are in a way the quintessence of French-Canadian cuisine, rooted in French cooking, but heartier, better to sustain the people for tapping maple trees than for dancing at the… Read More French-Canadian Crêpes