Favourite Cookbooks: The Broad Fork

I love a good cookbook.  I read them. I browse them. I cook from them. I get inspiration from them. One that I love is The Broad Fork by Hugh Acheson.  I appreciate how he uses the all different parts of the ingredients, which I also like to do.  I highly recommend The Broad Fork…

Thanksgiving Risotto: A Gluten-Free Alternative to Stuffing

Ingredients 3 Tablespoons olive oil 3 Tablespoons butter, divided 3 shallot or 2 small onion, minced 2 carrots, diced 1 stalk of celery, finely minced 1 1⁄2cups  arborio rice 4 cups  low sodium chicken broth Can be made vegetarian by using vegetable stock or “no chicken” broth here. 1 -1 1⁄2cup fresh grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese…

Thanksgiving Croutons For Salad and Stuffing

I get impatient for the flavours of Thanksgiving so I make these croutons for fall salads. Thanksgiving croutons are easy to make. They can be enjoyed before Thanksgiving and for the Thanksgiving feast. I make a huge batch and keep them in the pantry so that I can eat them on my every day salads…

Capo Gets a New Pastry Chef: Kate Holowchik

The one thing that Capo, a restaurant in South Boston, was missing was a decent dessert. They went above and beyond and now have Pastry Chef Kate Holowchik working her magic.

Judging the Gingerbread House Competition at Boston Christmas Festival

Henry has been a judge for quite a few years now and as he gets older, he takes the job more and more seriously.  For the past couple of years, he has begged me for a ‘proper’ score card so he could judge more than just kids’ choice.  Instead, since I have so much trouble…

Rail Trail’s New Fall Menu: Dining in Hudson

Ontario autumn 🍁 #artes#groupofseven#ontario#ago#canada#autumnleaves#artes#toronto A post shared by Mari Rustan (@mary_of_silence) on Oct 25, 2017 at 2:37pm PDT Photo provided by @Mary_of_Silence I don’t know if it is my state of mind or if it really is so, but the fall foliage is especially beautiful this year.  I see paintings everywhere I go.  The light…

Beyond the Basic Boo: Chocolate for Halloween

The basic ‘boo’ is what we had before Pinterest.  If you’re old like me, you might remember the plastic printed masks with the garbage bag printed costume.  Of course, those retro costumes would look pretty fab today as an ‘old school’ kind of thing.  Our family of course was a “we don’t spend money on…

A Part of Something: Me Too

We are all a part of something larger than ourselves. Some things we work hard to become of a part of. Other groups we were born into. Some of our shared identities are a blessing and others a burden put on us. Recently, on Facebook women are sharing their statements of ‘me too’ to show…

Like a Fine Wine: Lucia Ristorante Celebrates 40

Boston’s North End restaurant Lucia Ristorante, celebrates 40 years. Enjoy old menu items at retro prices and help support the Massachusetts Red Cross hurricane relief fund.

Sudbury Life: Shiny New Whole  Foods

The thing about me is that I, like most people no doubt, am a constant push and pull, yin and yang, this but that.  I love tradition and am not fond of change but on the other hand I am obsessed with innovation and change. Being invited to visit and preview the new Sudbury Whole…

Brunch in Cambridge Worth the Trip from Boston: Alden & Harlow

So yes, they say the trip from Boston to Cambridge and vice versa will be messed up for the next 10 weeks (oh joy!) but there are buses, and it is a beautiful time of year for a stroll or bike ride along the Charles River.  Also, who are we kidding, your Uber app is…

Norwell Farms Celebrates with Local Chefs

We have the city living lifestyle (hence @BostonCityLiving), but that doesn’t mean pounding the pavement, dining out on Newbury Street and hanging out at the local playground 24/7.  We love to escape the city for a little bit here and there.  The nice thing about the Boston area is that you don’t have to travel…