Beef Ribs and Pinot

Beef Ribs and Pinot

Beef Ribs and Pinot by Janie Master It’s the first blizzard/gargantuan storm of the year here just north of Boston.  Memories of 9ft of snow a couple of years back come flooding unwanted into one’s brain.  Mel and I have an emergency code. Mel checks...
Asparagus & Chardonnay

Asparagus & Chardonnay

Asparagus & Chardonnay by Janie Master Asparagus is such a true herald of spring.  The spears of this fairy fern brave the last of the winter onslaught to bring us dreams of renewal.  We love them hot, we love them cold.  We dunk green stems in warm butter with a...
Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening Fresh Artichokes and Tortoise Creek Sauvignon Blanc Artichokes by Janie Master The first luscious artichokes have arrived from California for us.  These bulbous thistle-heads make a really spectacular but light supper or lunch dish and are really...

Turkey Trails

In 1609 the inhabitants of Jamestown were reduced almost to starvation but were kept alive by gifts of wild game and turkeys given to them by the indigenous Indians.  This generosity has been the basis of our Thanksgiving feasts ever since.  How we treated the Indians...
The Joys of Pasta

The Joys of Pasta

The first big question when having pasta is, “Shall I be brave and make my own or shall I use one of the very good dried pastas on the market?” Both work well but good homemade pasta is as wonderful as homemade bread. Making homemade pastas for the first time is just...