Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Tis the season for easy-to-make dishes for entertaining, or for hanging out and watching Christmas movies. It’s also the season for indulging in dishes that you normally wouldn’t — dishes made with either seasonal, expensive or high-fat high-calorie ingredients. I once made a huge Christmas Eve feast that started with Oysters Rockefeller and went on …

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Do you have a repertoire of pastas that you return to again and again? Pastas that don’t require much brain effort? Pastas are my soul food. I may be Irish-Lithuanian but I think all those years growing up in southern Massachusetts amidst Italians, visits to the Italian bakery in my grandparents’ East Cambridge neighborhood, and …

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