Thursday, February 10, 2011
Tired of winter? Escape (for at least one meal) with fresh seafood and more at Horton's!
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
When I think of summertime food all across the country, a few places come to mind: fresh lobster on the coast of Maine, crab cakes in Maryland, grilled tropical catch of the day in Hawaii. But above all, what really brings on the nostalgia is fried seafood in Rhode Island. We are privileged to have so many great “shacks” as we proudly refer to them all across our coastline. Rhode Island is well-respected across the nation for its invention of the Rhode Island-style chowder and clam cakes. We are also very well known for our unwavering love for fried clams and fish and chips. All summer long on the beaches of Narragansett, Scarborough, Newport and the Block, natives are fighting for the title of “Best Of” and local favorite. I can already …
Friday, February 4, 2011
Searching for that perfect Valentine's Day Meal? Stick with what you know, but follow these tips to help add some spark to your perfect night!
As ponder the perfect gift this Valentine's Day, I ask myself this: why does my brain always end up back at the same old ideas? I find myself back to where I began, flowers, chocolates, jewelry, etc. I’m always searching for new ways to say "I love 'you'" when really what I’m trying to say is "I love 'us.'" Does that make sense? Valentine's Day is about appreciating that special someone, whether that is your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife, life partner or whomever. But really it’s a celebration of the couple, a celebration of your love and togetherness. Now I’m certainly not trying to play the Culinary Cupid, but what better way to show that person how much you care than to do something that goes beyond monetary value: a night of …
Friday, January 14, 2011
The “Baker's Baker” has being doing it right since 1907.
If you’re out shopping at a local grocery store and stop by the bread aisle, chances are good you’ll be buying something made right here in East Providence and you don’t even know it. That’s because Mrs. Kavanagh’s Bakery on North Broadway has been baking bread for the big boys for more than 50 years—right here in Rumford. “We’re the small big bakery, if that makes sense,” said T.J. Pascalides, a third-generation baker in the family. It all started when William Vican, T.J.’s grandfather, opened the family’s original bakery on North Main Street in Providence more than a hundred years ago. After building the business so big that “the little bakery that could” was busting at the seams, the family upgraded to their current location in Rumford …
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Easy Bites and Good Sips to Ring in the New Year.
Break out your noise makers and top hats, New Year's Eve is right upon us! This year, if you're looking for some great new entertaining ideas or something delicious and sparkly that won't break the bank, then we've got you covered. As someone who has rang in the last 17 New Year's Eves of his life from the inside of a kitchen I can tell you first hand the importance of good food and drink on this fun and festive night. Food can really make the night and our state certainly has some cool spots to watch the ball drop. But if you're entertaining in this year or stopping by a friend's, we've got a couple of cool tips as to what to bring and what to make. First off, Champagne or good wine is a must so we've got some great tips as to what to buy…
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Rumford resident KB Sherry's toffee makes a great gift.
It was about a year ago that I first heard about Kathy Sherry's insanely delicious toffee. KB, as friends call her, and I were having coffee when she mentioned that she makes gourmet toffee out of her friend's commercial kitchen. The Rumford resident uses her family's original recipe, which dates back to her childhood. Knowing I was a chef, she asked me if I would try it and see if there was any way that it could be improved upon. Of course, eating scrumptious sweets upon request is my specialty, so she brought me a tin to taste and critique. It took me one bite to realize this was the best toffee I had ever sampled. Not only did it not require improvement, it could rival the recipe of even the best pastry chef. The toffee has all the …
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Food ideas to welcome in winter.
Eat your heart out Mark Twain, it finally feels like the New England winter is here for good. So what does that mean for menus throughout our region? It's time to switch to more hearty dishes, such as stews and soups: old-fashioned American-style comfort food. Winter keeps the home cook busy. In the food world, the season starts with Thanksgiving, then moves through holiday parties, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve: all big nights in the world of menu planning. Usually it's a time of year when family and friend get togethers translate into an endless search for new ideas paired with old favorites and annual traditions. My wife, Tracy, and I are always trying to one up last year's menus. Our philosophy is simple: use what's fresh…
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Winter grilling recipes for the thick-skinned.
For those of you who have given up on the grilling season I say toughen up, especially with these hints of Indian Summer still flirting with us. There's still hope for our friends Coleman, Weber and Kenmore to get some great last-minute mileage. It's clear summer owns the rights to be called grilling season. But tailgaters, ice fishermen and Eskimos across America would argue now is the best time of year to keep the propane full and bags of charcoal on standby. So if they can do it, I say to you East Providence: let's support our arctic brotherhood and keep those grills out! I agree with the extremists that the colder months are the best time of year for grilling. The joy for me is keeping that grill hot and gathering around it like a …