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Barbecue Buying Guide

As part of our weeklong series on authentic barbecue, today we present a short buying guide to grills, smokers and meat thermometers. HOW TO BEGIN The optimal devices to cook barbecue are smokers fueled with hardwood, charcoal grills modified for indirect heating, and smoker/grill hybrids. Gas grills might be easier to operate, but they don’t… Read More

Doug Sparks

From the Kitchen – Lessons in Love and Leadership

“The true measure of any great society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi  On the day that eight restaurants statewide collaborated to raise over $100,000 for No Kid Hungry, Boston chef Andy Husbands emailed encouragement while urging us as industry leaders to adopt a credo: “As people who… Read More

Scott Plath

From the Kitchen – The Kitchen Unscripted

It’s all fun and games for chefs on TV — Mario Batali’s chubby ponytail and metro Crocs, Guy Fieri and Anne Burrell competing for most ridiculous hair, and Gordon Ramsay screaming bloody insults, knowing that the cameras are protecting him from a reciprocal punch in the nose! In real kitchens — the sharp, hot, greasy… Read More

Scott Plath

Wine Notes – Pineapple Wine in Paradise

After 25 years of marriage, my wife and I celebrated with a vacation in Hawaii. You might think that my touring priorities would have focused on the beaches, volcanos and rain forest, but instead I thought: Do they grow grapes and do they make wine? An internet search revealed two wineries — one on Maui… Read More

Steven Goddu
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