Sustainable Seafood

This book figured into an almost mystical, years-long unfolding story of sushi, secrets, family and friends. I learned after the fact that June 18 is National Sushi Day. Someone once said “if she didn’t have bad timing, she’d have none at all.” This may be the best timing I’ve ever had. So let me take this timely opportunity […]

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I may be the worst (or best?) procrastinator on the face of the planet. I can use the excuse that I am intermittently reinforced for this habit and thus feel powerless in the face of it. I’m mostly joking and do get an awful lot done, but never quite as much, as quickly as I […]

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When you think about what Portugal has contributed to the world of gastronomic pleasure, we really do – all of us, owe them a debt of gratitude. I was thrilled to receive David Leite’s The New Portuguese Table (ahem) a while ago. As I do, I have spent months reading it and imagining making each recipe […]

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I am not eccentric. It’s just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of goldfish. Dame Edith Sitwell   I think this quote appeals to me because I’m often the one who says the unpopular thing that needs to be said. When everyone else […]

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Ceviche has not caught on like sushi yet. Not sure why. South and Central Americans love it. It’s fast, it’s healthy. It probably passes for raw and paleo and all that. Certainly it’s low carb. It’s loaded with vitamins and good clean protein. You can serve it over shredded romaine and radicchio in a martini […]

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Every once in a while we have to shake things up. We all get stuck in ruts, falling back on the familiar recipes, the easy ones we don’t have to think about. Right now, even in New England, we have citrus. You may even have a CSA that brings you citrus from the East coast. […]

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This morning the Boston Globe ran part one of a two-part exposé on fish fraud (Diners Order One Fish, Get Another), including this video. This issue is not new, and not limited to Boston. As an iconic coastal city, Boston has long been associated with good, fresh seafood. Are consumers getting what they pay for? […]

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Our BBQ Bonanza continues this week with a sustainable seafood lesson. If you have ever tried to figure out what makes a fish choice sustainable, you might have felt that choosing fish is anything but a walk on the beach. Our guest poster this week is the inimitable Amy McCoy, who was inspired by a […]

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Photo credit: Denise Woodward, Chez Us BBQ Bonanza continues with this our fifth guest post. The theme this year, our second, is Sustainability at the Grill. I thought it would be fun to see what our guest posters would come up with — I have not been disappointed. I began this year’s kickoff post with […]

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photo credit: Denise Woodward Recently I’ve been reading books like Mark Kurlansky’s A World without Fish and Paul Greenberg’s Four Fish. Both men write persuasively and eloquently about the ocean. They speak of fishing, Kurlansky with his daughter and Greenberg as a boy, and connect us to a time of innocence, now lost in the […]

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