Author Archives: dgourmac

Trying Something Different

I want to try out a new approach for some of my blog posts. Rather than attempt to tell a story along with our cooking, I will just post one or more dishes with a short description and, perhaps, a … Continue reading

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Seafood Season

It must be seafood season; these days and nights, I find myself attracted to so many foods that I am eager to combine with my favorite vegetables and grains. As a result you will find my sharing a number of … Continue reading

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Anniversary Dinner at Pammy’s

My wife and I have been married for 56 years. One of our favorite ways of celebrating this event has often been dining out at a great restaurant. Of course, we both appreciate the chance to have superb food, and … Continue reading

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Revelation: How to Cook Oyster Mushrooms

Mushrooms are among my most favorite foods, even more so in the past 11 years, with a mostly plant-based diet. I’ve been cooking oyster mushrooms for 15-20 years, in a variety of ways — sautéed, roasted, grilled, etc. The results … Continue reading

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Tuna Salad Extraordinaire, Discovering a New Grape, plus Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo

Recently, we’ve been eating fish and seafood more often. One of my mainstays is a tuna salad lunch, made with Portuguese tinned ventresca tuna from Luças. The salad is made with these delicious tuna fillets, jazzed up with whatever is … Continue reading

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Sourdough, Mushrooms, Polenta, Scylla

Sourdough is always handy. One or two slices can be breakfast or lunch, a snack or a dinner component. This post features sourdough toast with “wild mushrooms” (Chanterelles), followed by a polenta dish that evening. The polenta was made into … Continue reading

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Tomato, Arugula, and Cheese Salad

Every once in awhile, I pull out of the bookshelves one of my older cookbooks, and I find an appropriate dish for the occasion. Today, I was looking for a way to use half of a large heirloom tomato for … Continue reading

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Nettle Risotto

As much as I love pasta in all its forms, I am realizing that some of my most memorable dishes ever have been risotti. Two of those are dishes I created 10 and 20 years ago: Lobster – Shrimp Pasta … Continue reading

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Arancini

A few weeks ago I made a risotto for dinner. It was a Spinach-Zucchini Risotto I invented back in 2010. Even without the arugula (which I did not have this time), it was almost as good as the original. There … Continue reading

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Artisan Pasta, Baked Rigatoni

Last month I wrote about an artisan pasta shop in Lexington, MA: La Dolda. Last week I used my second bag of pasta from them — Rigatoni. It worked very well in this dish. We ate less than half of … Continue reading

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