Archives for November 2009

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Review: The Open Door Cafe, Bel Air, MD

by TT November 25th, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
open door cafeSometimes good things do come in pairs.  Two weekends in a row, my husband and I were traveling out of state.  For both weekends, we enjoyed nice weather, great company, and terrific breakfasts.  The first breakfast was had in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at S&S Restaurant.

The following weekend we traveled to Maryland and spent Saturday morning in Harford County.  With two of our kids for company, we were seeking a breakfast restaurant with a decent menu.  As neither of us were familiar with good breakfast restaurants in the area, we were at the mercy of my Internet searches.

And search I did. 
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Roasted Broccoli

by TT November 20th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Roasted BroccoliAfter a weekend of travel and eating meals out, there is something nice about returning home and cooking in your own kitchen.  Thankfully, this weekend of travel was filled with excellent meals, so the excitement to return to my kitchen was more about wanting to cook than needing decent food.

However, our return home wasn't scheduled to be a quiet night.  In addition to the company of our 11 and 13 year olds, we also would be watching our two and four year old nephews.  So, after an evening of playing chase the preschoolers, simple foods seemed to be our best
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Review: S&S Restaurant, Cambridge, MA

by TT November 17th, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
S&S Restaurant2There's nothing quite like a walk through Cambridge on a beautiful fall morning. . .unless, of course, you packed the pair of shoes that always give your husband a blister when you were preparing for this surprise trip.  However, being the agreeable guy that he is, we made it a couple miles before we found a wonderful restaurant, where we stopped, had a great breakfast, and then took a cab to our next destination!

Thankfully, we did make it two miles, as S&S Restaurant was excellent, worthy of a sore foot or two.  Arriving there around 10:30 on a Sunday morning,
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Coffee Rubbed Pork

by TT November 12th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes
Coffee Rubbed PorkSometimes a dinner recipe just falls into your lap.  A few weeks ago, we made a trip to the butcher's and returned home with a freezer's quantity of meats.  One of those items just happened to be a boneless pork loin roast.

The next day we made a stop at Starbucks while we were out running errands.  Our trip to Starbucks coincided with their VIA promotion.  Take a taste test to determine which cup was the VIA instant coffee and which was the brewed coffee, and get a large coffee for free if you bought a 3-pack of the VIA.  As
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Review: Scampo, Boston, MA

by TT November 10th, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
scampoA night in Boston leaves a couple with lots of options.  Looking for a nice dinner for two, we decided to check with the concierge at our hotel.  Telling him that we wanted an upscale restaurant that was fun and had a great menu, he suggested Scampo at the Liberty Hotel.  What a great suggestion it was!

Arriving at the restaurant around 8:00 without a reservation, we were told it would be a 45 minute wait.  As we were without kids for the night, a wait was not a problem.  In fact, we often enjoy a bit of a wait.  It
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Marinara Sauce with Lamb & Ricotta

by TT November 5th, 2009| Main Dishes, Recipes
Lamb & Ricotta Pasta SauceAfter a trip to our favorite butcher shop, we always are excited to try new recipes.  With a freezer almost overflowing with assorted cuts of beef, pork, veal, and lamb, it can be hard to decide where to begin.  After our most recent trip to the butcher, my husband mentioned a craving for pasta, and I had been dreaming about lamb, so a combination of the two was the solution.

We made this dinner on a weekday that was filled with gymnastics lessons, karate lessons, and an end of the season cross-country dinner for the kids.  Needless to say, my husband
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Frank McClelland

by TT November 3rd, 2009| Chef Interviews
Chef McClellandWhen you already are an accomplished chef, author, and restaurant owner, what should you do next?  If you are Frank McClelland, you become a farmer and promote sustainable agriculture.

Chef McClelland is the owner of L'Espalier, the trio of Sel de la Terres, and Au Soleil Bakery & Catering.  All of these businesses are successes in their own right.  L'Espalier is a AAA Five-Diamond restaurant that is filled with a well-renowned staff.  Sel de la Terre is a regular on the Best of Boston list and has been praised by major publications, such as Esquire and Wine Spectator.  Au Soleil is
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