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Monday, May 21


Postal Service to debut scratch-and-sniff stamps

Just in time for summer, the U.S. Postal Service is debuting scratch-and-sniff stamps on June 20, each square decorated with two colorful ice cream treats. So, what will they smell like? “There is one scent and that will be revealed when…

Friday, May 18


A field guide to bride Meghan Markle's embarrassing relatives

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If you have not been paying attention to what's going on with Meghan Markle's family ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry this Saturday you need to immediately step away from the Trump miniseries (word is guest star Rudy Giuliani will be…

Monday, May 14


The Kitchen Helper Guide, a source for chefs of all skill levels

Did you know that you can substitute two teaspoons of prepared mustard for a teaspoon of dry mustard? Or that a half a cup of flour equals 8 tablespoons of flour? The Kitchen Helper Guide ($4.99), for the last three decades, has offered a…

Le Crueset's steel pots perfect for your next seafood boil

Given New England's obsession with seafood, these new heavy-gauge stockpots from Le Creuset should be just the ticket for a seafood boil this season. Sturdy, but lighter than cast iron, these high-profile enamel-coated steel pots have…

'My Kitchen Chalkboard' offers families ideas for planning a week's menu in advance

To keep her nightly chaos in check, Leigh Belanger writes out weekly meals on a kitchen chalkboard so her two boys know what to expect. And she, in turn, has a plan. A local writer (and former Globe contributor), editor, and cook, Belanger…

Marsala brings out the beauty in monkfish


The monkfish Marsala served at The Daily Catch is likely the most popular monkfish dish in the country. It should come as little surprise. The restaurant's pan-seared monkfish tail medallions with mushrooms in sweet Marsala wine sauce has…

Sunday, May 13


Needham sisters honored at Evening at the Pops

Needham sisters Mia and Olivia Allen were honored at the 32nd annual Evening at the Pops on Friday with the Frank and Jean Ring Memorial Award in the Fight Against Diabetes. Proceeds support the Joslin Diabetes Center, where 10-year-old…

Wednesday, May 9


McAfee Knob will get your heart pumping

CATAWBA, Va. — It's hard to beat the variety of vistas at Roan Massif, but if you're looking for one dynamite view along the southern leg of the Appalachian Trail, head to McAfee Knob in southern Virginia's Roanoke Valley. Unlike Roan,…

Tuesday, May 8


Robots made me lunch. I enjoyed it. Is that so wrong?

I have eaten the future, and it is made by our robot overlords. It tastes of the world's great civilizations, thousands of years of human preference, meaning, hand labor, and history distilled into bowls named for the cultures that first…

Monday, May 7


Tea and chocolate for Mom

This year, when you bring mom her breakfast in bed (or wherever she prefers to have it served) set the tray with a special collection of tea-infused chocolates. The collection includes five offerings made by Newton-based Emmy Award-winning…

Recipe: Chocolate-chip blondies are one of America's most popular bar cookies, with good reason

Makes 20 large or 40 small bars. Made in a bowl with a spoon, these blondies, one of America's most popular bar cookies, begin with melted butter and both dark brown and granulated sugar. They have plenty of miniature semisweet chips and…

Recipe: Start a weeknight stir-fry in a very hot pan with skirt steak, sugar snaps, and peppers

Serves 4. Soy sauce and sherry make a sauce for a weeknight stir-fry of skirt steak and sweet, crunchy sugar snap peas. Use a very hot skillet (or wok) so the beef browns properly and cook the snap peas quickly so they retain their…

Fashion meets function — on a countertop

Fashion and fantasy are not archetypical descriptors for small kitchen appliances. But add function, and you have the brightly colored and whimsically painted toasters, blenders, mixers, and more created by Italian appliance manufacturer…

Q&A with Lidia Bastianich, author of 'My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food'


Lidia Bastianich connects to people through the food of Italy. Her new memoir, “My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food,” tells how life as a refugee and immigrant led to her career celebrating the food and culture of a country…


Recipe: Ham, tomatoes, chiles, and eggs go into this one-pan breakfast for mom

Anyone can make this one-pan weekend breakfast, which requires zero skill. Pull out a big skillet and saute slices of deli ham. Push them to the sides and cook sliced tomatoes in the middle of the pan. Add chile pepper and lots of dill,…

Wednesday, May 2


Recipe for eggplant taco

Serves 4. Wesley Avila's eggplant taco is his Mexican-Greek fusion fancy taco packed with garlic. It combines roasted eggplant with a mouth-tingling salsa and halloumi. Halloumi, a cheese native to Cyprus, is similar to feta. It has a high…

Tuesday, May 1


Coming soon: Cusser's Roast Beef & Seafood, a seafood shanty in the heart of downtown

A seafood shanty in the heart of downtown? Complete with greasy onion rings and frappes? It's true. The elegant, proper Mooncusser Fish House expands with Cusser's Roast Beef & Seafood, a fast-casual takeout window slated to open on May 7.…

Outdoor dining guide: Here are some of the patios and rooftops open today

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After the raw and rainy April we've endured, more than a few Bostonians could use a blast of warm weather and a cocktail — or two. Now, it appears, the time has arrived. High temperatures are expected to hit the mid-80s on Wednesday and…

Monday, Apr 30


Getting Salty with James Gibney of the British Beer Company

No sharpened edges, no crusts, and fresh spinach with every meal. No, this isn't cooking for first-graders — it's how Queen Elizabeth takes her meals, says British Beer Company executive chef James Gibney. Gibney landed an internship at…


Unbreakable dishes that look good, too

If family mealtimes sometime end up with food flinging and dishes tumbling off the table, or you have a knack for breaking things, New York City-based Q Squared makes shatterproof, high-quality melamine dishes and serving pieces that look…

Fancy ice cream cakes will warm your heart

At Abilyn's Frozen Bakery in Arlington, cases are filled with celebratory cakes, cupcakes, whoopie pies, and bars made with layers of brownies and lemon meringue. “We have everything you can get at a traditional bakery, but we make it with…

Tuesday, Apr 24


Linda Pizzuti Henry tops Boston Magazine's 'Most Influential People' list

By its own admission, Boston Magazine's just-released list of the city's most influential movers and shakers is “delightfully subjective.” Who's to say whose contribution — of ideas, expertise, or economic resources — has the most impact…


Here are four Boston-area beer gardens to start enjoying next month

No longer content to punt on creative outdoor drinking spaces, Boston will soon be the kind of city where you can sip a beer and play lawn games under a highway overpass. Following a pair of successful Trillium pop-ups on the Rose…

Monday, Apr 23


Auntie Dalie's pasta lives on

Maureen and Jon Haynes started their pasta business, Auntie Dalie's, a year ago to earn a little extra money to go camping. As it turns out, they bought a pop-up camper, but now they're too busy making pasta to get away. Auntie Dalie was…

Getting Salty with Jason Tom of Night Market

Jason Tom escaped a career in mutual funds to work as a chef. “I hated my life,” he says, recalling his time in the corporate world. “Then I started to cook, and I loved it.” He paid off his college loans, working in finance by day and in…


Distinctive Spanish pours are a breath of fresh air

When you taste wines that sing with distinctiveness, you can bet that the people behind them have a story to tell. That's certainly the case with four bottles from Spain, recently brought to market as part of a new project. Importer Eric…

Q&A with Joshua David Stein, editor of the North America section of 'Where Chefs Eat'


The quick answer to the question “Where do chefs eat?” is everywhere. The long answer requires 1,184 pages. It includes bucket-list destinations, their friends' places, late-night noodle shops, and lots and lots of breakfast joints. The…

Tuesday, Apr 17


Welcome spring with the Chrysanthemum Cocktail

The Chrysanthemum Cocktail is something of an anomaly — albeit a beautiful anomaly — in the cocktail cannon. One of its earliest appearances can be traced to the standard-bearing circa-1939 tome “The Savoy Cocktail Book,” and it's uncommon…

Monday, Apr 16


Chefs are cycling to end childhood hunger — and you can help

Ever wonder how people who spend the majority of their time in the kitchen stay in shape? Find out over drinks with Boston chefs this week and do some good in the process. On April 19, join chef Tony Maws and others at a pop-up bar event…


Handy, helpful husband invents Rapid Slicer

Four years ago, Rob Fox came up with a clever invention that made a tedious task in the kitchen a breeze for his wife, Cindy: A device that lets you cut about two-dozen cherry tomatoes, olives, grapes, and other small fruits at one time…