A Thought For Food http://www.athoughtforfood.net where ideas are brought to simmer Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:14:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 White Bean and Sardine Stew http://www.athoughtforfood.net/white-bean-sardine-stew/ http://www.athoughtforfood.net/white-bean-sardine-stew/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:01:20 +0000 Brian @ A Thought For Food http://www.athoughtforfood.net/?p=13880 Last week was filled with a lot of firsts. Not just for us, but for Maki too. It’s taken some time for her to get settled into the house. Even now, every time we leave, she runs to the door wondering, hoping, that we’ll take her back to our old place. It’s not that she’s [...]

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White Bean and Sardine Stew

Last week was filled with a lot of firsts. Not just for us, but for Maki too. It’s taken some time for her to get settled into the house. Even now, every time we leave, she runs to the door wondering, hoping, that we’ll take her back to our old place. It’s not that she’s uncomfortable in her new surroundings, just a bit confused. We haven’t made things easy either. In an effort to keep our brand new couch furless, she’s been barred from climbing aboard. It’s a new thing we’re trying and it probably won’t last very long. Not with those sad looks she gives us every time we  scold her. What Maki has been enjoying is our yard. Full of sunlight, it’s the perfect place for napping. And then there are the smells — oh, the smells!!! — which never get old. When we go out for walks,  she’s excited by every turn.

Of course, now that we’re getting back into a routine, I’m screwing things up by heading out to Southern California to photograph The Big Potluck. I look forward to these events because I know that, by the end, something in me will change. It’s not always a big thing… but just being around my peers, people who share a love for food, for writing and photography it, ignites my creative spirit. I’ll come home with stories for Eric and, hopefully, a little tan as well.

We opened the Cape house last weekend and, while much of it was spent getting things in order, I also found some time to lounge outside and catch up on some neglected magazines. I finally got to check out the seafood issue Saveur created and I instantly fell for the sardine recipes they printed. While I have every intention on trying all of them, I started with this white bean and sardine stew. If you’re wondering if this is a recipe to write home about, well, let me tell you, it’s wonderful. Even those not inclined to try sardines could get behind this hearty dish.

White Bean and Sardine Stew

White Bean and Sardine Stew

White Bean and Sardine Stew

White Bean and Sardine Stew

White Bean and Sardine Stew

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Chocolate “Forgotten Cookies” http://www.athoughtforfood.net/chocolate-forgotten-cookies/ http://www.athoughtforfood.net/chocolate-forgotten-cookies/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:01:33 +0000 Brian @ A Thought For Food http://www.athoughtforfood.net/?p=13844 This blog has become such a part of my life that when I don’t post, it feels like something is missing. I knew that with the move, any projects, both personal and professional, would have to be put on hold. Through it all, though, my mind hasn’t stopped churning out ideas for recipes. Moving into [...]

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This blog has become such a part of my life that when I don’t post, it feels like something is missing. I knew that with the move, any projects, both personal and professional, would have to be put on hold. Through it all, though, my mind hasn’t stopped churning out ideas for recipes.

Moving into our house, I’m inspired to get back to the roots of why I started this site. There are recipes from my childhood I’ve been wanting to share, but, for whatever reason, put them aside for other creations. These “Forgotten Cookies” are so simple, both in the ingredients and in its preparation, that I wonder why I don’t make them more often. Oh, right… now I remember. Because I’d be eating them all day. Now, comparatively, this is a pretty healthy dessert. Egg white, sugar, a bit of vanilla extract and, for my version here, a little cocoa powder.

My mom would make these for us as children… in fact, it was one of the first things I learned how to bake. Usually, she’d keep them plain (no cocoa) or add mini chocolate chips. I’ve modified the recipe slightly. What’s fun about these is that once you throw them in the oven, you just turn off the heat and leave them in there. You can leave the house to run errands or make them before heading to bed.

Chocolate "Forgotten Cookies" (chocolate meringue cookies)  via A Thought for Food

Chocolate "Forgotten Cookies" (chocolate meringue cookies)  via A Thought for Food

Chocolate "Forgotten Cookies" (chocolate meringue cookies)  via A Thought for Food

Chocolate "Forgotten Cookies" (chocolate meringue cookies)  via A Thought for Food

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The Future of Junk Food http://www.athoughtforfood.net/future-junk-food/ http://www.athoughtforfood.net/future-junk-food/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:01:07 +0000 Brian @ A Thought For Food http://www.athoughtforfood.net/?p=13763 A few weeks ago I was asked by KitchenSurfing to photograph a pop up dinner they helped organize with local chefs Samuel Monsour and Mark O’Leary. The idea behind the dinner was to have them present their take on junk food: Fritos with duck, Brussels sprouts, and blue cheese. Handi-snack with foie gras, pear and [...]

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The Future of Junk Food (photos by Brian Samuels)

The Future of Junk Food (photos by Brian Samuels)

A few weeks ago I was asked by KitchenSurfing to photograph a pop up dinner they helped organize with local chefs Samuel Monsour and Mark O’Leary. The idea behind the dinner was to have them present their take on junk food: Fritos with duck, Brussels sprouts, and blue cheese. Handi-snack with foie gras, pear and Campari. A Snickers bar stuffed with chicken liver, viet caramel, and peanuts. And a Filet-O-Fish with crab, uni, and squid ink buns. There were six dishes total, each paired with wine, beer, and cocktails.

There will be more of these “The Future of Junk Food” events throughout the year, so if you’re in the area, I highly recommend checking out one of these memorable dinners.

The Future of Junk Food (photos by Brian Samuels)

The Future of Junk Food (photos by Brian Samuels)

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The Future of Junk Food (photos by Brian Samuels)

The Future of Junk Food (photos by Brian Samuels)

"Handi-Snack" at The Future of Junk Food (photos by Brian Samuels)

The Future of Junk Food (photos by Brian Samuels)The Future of Junk Food (photos by Brian Samuels)"Filet-O-Fish" at The Future of Junk Food (photos by Brian Samuels)

The Future of Junk Food (photos by Brian Samuels)

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Spicy Squid and Mango Salad http://www.athoughtforfood.net/spicy-squid-and-mango-salad/ http://www.athoughtforfood.net/spicy-squid-and-mango-salad/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:01:01 +0000 Brian @ A Thought For Food http://www.athoughtforfood.net/?p=13276 We closed on our house last week!!! (I think that deserved more than a single exclamation point) After we did the walk through and signed a gazillion documents, Eric and I went back and had a quiet moment together. There was Prosecco consumed out on the front porch. We got to meet a few of [...]

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Spicy Squid and Mango Salad
Spicy Mango and Squid Salad

Spicy Mango and Squid Salad

We closed on our house last week!!! (I think that deserved more than a single exclamation point) After we did the walk through and signed a gazillion documents, Eric and I went back and had a quiet moment together. There was Prosecco consumed out on the front porch. We got to meet a few of our neighbors, all of whom greeted us warmly. Now we begin the process of moving. We immediately started moving fragile items and the massive amounts of photography props just to make room for more boxes.  Next week, the movers come which, along with hiring a painter, was one of the smartest things we could have done in this whole process. Those cookbooks are heavy!

Despite having no furniture in our house, we managed to throw our first dinner party on Sunday. Ok, so we took in Thai food and ate on the kitchen floor, but it was still a lot of fun. And we drank some delicious wine (thanks to Eric’s brother and sister-in-law). My heart melted a little when our niece came up to me and asked me if this was our new home. Seriously, precious.

This weekend will be spent in NJ hanging with my mom as she turns the big 6-0 (sorry, Mom, I had to share!). For months, she kept telling me that it was crazy to come down in the middle of the move. But celebrating this milestone… well, there’s no way we are missing this.

Spicy Mango and Squid Salad

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Silent Sunday: Farm and Fable (Boston, MA) http://www.athoughtforfood.net/silent-sunday-farm-and-fable-boston-ma/ http://www.athoughtforfood.net/silent-sunday-farm-and-fable-boston-ma/#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 04:01:54 +0000 Brian @ A Thought For Food http://www.athoughtforfood.net/?p=12749 Farm and Fable 251 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 6170-451-1110 http://farmandfable.com/  

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Farm and Fable
251 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA
6170-451-1110
http://farmandfable.com/

 

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Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour http://www.athoughtforfood.net/lemon-verbena-whiskey-sour/ http://www.athoughtforfood.net/lemon-verbena-whiskey-sour/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 04:01:49 +0000 Brian @ A Thought For Food http://www.athoughtforfood.net/?p=13712 Life is beauty through and through Life is sunny, life is cool Life is even easy too But if my word is to be true Life is something to behold But if the truth is to be told Let us not leave out any part Do not fear, it’s safe to say it here You [...]

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Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour from A Thought For Food

Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour from A Thought For Food

Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour from A Thought For Food

Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour from A Thought For Food

Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour from A Thought For Food

Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour from A Thought For Food

Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour from A Thought For Food

Life is beauty through and through
Life is sunny, life is cool
Life is even easy too
But if my word is to be true
Life is something to behold
But if the truth is to be told
Let us not leave out any part
Do not fear, it’s safe to say it here
You will not be called a weakling nor a fraud
For feeling the pain of the whole wide world
You want to help but can’t help the feeling you cannot
And it’s killing you while you’re just trying to smile from your heart
So go on, say it, on the same knees you’re praying
Yes, life is hard

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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Profile: Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) http://www.athoughtforfood.net/bronwyn-restaurant-photography/ http://www.athoughtforfood.net/bronwyn-restaurant-photography/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:42:30 +0000 Brian @ A Thought For Food http://www.athoughtforfood.net/?p=13656 Last week, I was asked to photograph Bronwyn, a Somerville restaurant that opened last year, for Tasting Table.  Tim Wiechmann’s other restaurant, TW Food, is one of my favorites, so this was on my list of places to check out. The food looked wonderful and I was impressed by their extensive beer selection (I’m going [...]

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Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Last week, I was asked to photograph Bronwyn, a Somerville restaurant that opened last year, for Tasting Table.  Tim Wiechmann’s other restaurant, TW Food, is one of my favorites, so this was on my list of places to check out. The food looked wonderful and I was impressed by their extensive beer selection (I’m going to have to get the name of the beer I photographed because it was fantastic, and, while I like beer, I’m usually not one to go crazy over it).  Here are some of the dishes that are featured: a parsnip soup, their (enormous) pretzel, spatzle, and bratwurst. The decor is really fun as well and it was a lot of fun using their rustic tables as a backdrop.

Pictured in the post: Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

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Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow (Cambridge, MA) http://www.athoughtforfood.net/alden-harlow-restaurant-photography/ http://www.athoughtforfood.net/alden-harlow-restaurant-photography/#comments Sun, 16 Mar 2014 04:01:39 +0000 Brian @ A Thought For Food http://www.athoughtforfood.net/?p=13564 Alden and Harlow 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 864-2100 www.aldenharlow.com

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Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For FoodSilent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For FoodAlden and Harlow
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-2100
www.aldenharlow.com

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