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August Fests and Events

It’s time for the next installment of Boston summer food festivals. It’s August and things aren’t slowing down a bit. Some of the festivals and tours like SoWa Open Market and the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Food Tour still have dates this month. If you’re looking for something else, keep reading. And remember to click on the links to get more information:
Celebrate the Fruits of Our Ocean: This event is a campaign to educate people on the sustainable seafood available in Massachusetts and features demos by local chefs using fresh seafood. It will be held at the East Boston Farmer’s …

 

Beat the Heat: Summer Drinks

The past few weeks have been a bit brutal temperature-wise with the highs soaring close to the hundreds. And even though it seems the worst is over, the warmer weather is here to stay, at least for a little while longer. It’s important to stay hydrated in heat this intense, so here are a few drink ideas that are a bit more fun that just water or Gatorade (courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens and Shaw’s – click links for full – and more –  recipes):
Strawberry Iced Tea: For a different twist on the traditional black iced tea, try this …

 

July Festivals

This post is coming a little bit late this month, but there are still a few events left to check out this July – there’s even one going on through this weekend. The list for next month will be coming in a couple of weeks so keep an eye out for that. Click on the links for more information and remember to stay hydrated in all this heat!
Boston Foodie Tour (Rose F. Kennedy Greenway) –The food tour takes you around to food-related businesses in a given area with one or more tasting samples at each stop. The Rose F. Kennedy …

 

Red, White, and Blue cupcakes

I was looking for an easy enough recipe for Fourth of July – at first I wanted to go all fancy and make a triple layer cake decorated with strawberries and blueberries, but because of time, I needed something straightforward, and you can’t really go wrong with cupcakes. So, in honor of Independence Day, here is a recipe for patriotic cupcakes, courtesy of skiptomylou.org. {Note: The cake recipe is from allrecipes.com}
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Ingredients:

1 cup white sugar
½ cup butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
½ cup milk
Red and blue food coloring

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees …

 

(Salted) Caramel Mug Cake

There was a reason the universe didn’t let me find out about these before now. I’d never baked anything in a microwave before but I found a list online of different mug desserts and couldn’t resist. And I had two the first two days, which is probably not very good for me. The best thing about them is the convenience and the small amount of ingredients used. You make a cake big enough for one (or two)-time consumption and you only mess up a bowl and a mug (okay, and some measuring cups). Also, you can have your cake in …

 

The American Baking Competition

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If there’s one thing that isn’t lacking on television, it’s cooking shows. There’s Hell’s Kitchen and Top Chef for the professional chefs, MasterChef for the home cooks, and Cupcake Wars for cupcake enthusiasts. Of course, these are just a few players in that huge field. There’s something addicting about them – the competition, seeing how people act under pressure, and seeing what they are able to deliver. The American Baking Competition, CBS’ latest cooking show, brings all of that, but in a much nicer way.
The premise of the show is simple: ten home bakers were selected from around the …

 

Scooper Bowl!

Paying $10 for an unlimited amount of ice cream sounds like a good deal to me, especially when that money goes to cancer research. So, I went down to City Hall last week for the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl. As to be expected, it was pretty crowded – I was there on the last day it was open and there were more teenagers and kids than I could count.
The vendors present were Baskin-Robbins, Ben & Jerry’s, Blue Bunny, Breyer’s, Edy’s, Friendly’s, Hood, Byrne Dairy, and Fresh Mango. The friend I went with is lactose intolerant so we were looking out …

 

Nigerian Meat Pie

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Two weeks ago, I was an African gathering and meat pie was one of the dishes served. I helped out even though I had never made it before, mostly with rolling and filling the dough with cooked ground beef, onions, and potatoes. Some people like to add carrots and/or green peas as well. Comparatively, it’s most similar to an empanada. It’s one of the more popular snacks that is sold pretty much everywhere in the country, from chain restaurants to street stalls.
This recipe is from 9jafoodie.com. It’s to the way we made it – my friend didn’t use any …

 

June Food Festivals

One of the best things about summer is the sheer amount of outdoor activities. And one of my favorite things to do is check out food festivals when I have a chance. Food festivals/events are a good way to sample different foods, whether they celebrate a specific culture, a charity, or are just a fun way to bring people together. As we start off the month of June, here are some food festivals happening in and around Boston (titles link to official/ticket sites):
SoWa Open Market: This isn’t strictly a food festival and has three different locations covering three blocks. The …

 

The Hunt for Poutine

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So maybe the title of this post is a bit of an exaggeration. It wasn’t exactly a hunt since I only went to one restaurant. But I am going to try to find the best poutine in Boston this summer. It is one of the dishes I wouldn’t touch when I was younger because of how it looked, but fell in love with once I did.
Poutine is a French-Canadian dish that consists of hand-cut fries topped with a thick, dark brown gravy (the Quebecois version is barbecue chicken, or so I’ve read) and white cheddar cheese curds. The traditional …