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September 2010

Hail Kale!


Hail Kale!

I just returned from a trip to Cape Cod, Land of the Lobster Roll; specifically, Provincetown.  Like so many former fishing ports in the area, P’town has a significant population descended from immigrants from Portugal.   Its Portuguese heritage shows up on local menus from time to time, most often as kale soup (recipe follows).  For me, this hearty chowder is a harbinger of a change in weather. Kale is a form of green cabbage with curly leaves that don’t form a head. Since it actually tastes sweeter if exposed to frost, it’s a popular fall and winter green vegetable, though it’s available at most markets year round.  Probably because it’s relatively cheap and often prepared badly (boiled), it’s dismissed by some as...

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Big News on King Street


Big News on King Street

Cafe Continental, a King Street landmark will close and in it's place a new restaurant, 43 North.  The new venture with Executive Chef Justin Carlisle (Restaurant Muramoto) will feature an upscale, modern American menu.  The restaurant's name is the lattitude forf Madison.The Continental in Fitchburg, owned by Jim and Jenny Schiavo is not affected by this change.

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A Perfect Ten


A Perfect Ten

I’ve always liked Lombardino’s, even as a kid when the miniature Trevi Fountain captivated me.  I like it even better as an adult because of the food. But that wasn’t always the case; not until Patrick O’Halloran took over its ownership ten years ago.  Lombardino’s will celebrate this milestone on September 13 with five course dinner (you need to book in advance).Tuscan Feast Anniversary Dinner MenuAntipastiTuscan pecorino, Finocchiona salami, wild boar prosciutto, chicken liver mousse, market melon & wood grilled bruschettaCanella Prosecco NVFirst CoursePanzanellaGarden to Be tomatoes, Primrose Farm red onion, cucumber, olive oil croutons, basil oil & balsamicTerrabianca Chianti Classico Scassino 2005Second CourseCandy Onion & Thyme...

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Dan CurdI found my interest in writing by accident. My training and first job was as a graphic designer. Unemployed, the only employment I could find in advertising at that time was as a copywriter. Somehow, I convinced Richard Newman & Associates to hire me. Later I learned they were desperate. Madison has been my home off and on since 1957 (nonstop for the past 31 years). I write about food, which I love. – Dan Curd

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