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Good home eating week

C. Fox | Aug 3, 2001 02:31 PM

I've been chowing down on a number of delicious homemade tidbits lately, some quite new to me, so I thought I'd share them with you.

It all started with the steamers I picked up on a whim at my local fish store. I've never done this before, and after some anxious research in Mitcham and on this site (thanks again, guys), I picked them over carefully and steamed them in water with a little white wine and a little garlic. Not only were they great, but we strained the leftover broth and added it to...

.the fish chowder I made a couple of days later. Can't remember when I've put together a better chowder, probably on account of that broth and also the fact that I've finally weaned myself away from thickening my chowder with flour. I reduced it a bit by simmering before adding the milk, and I smashed a few of the potatoes, but it still came out pretty thin, and it was FINE. You thin-chowder evangelists may have made another convert.

Scored some fresh local corn and green beans one day and needed a quick protein dish to go with them. So I made bean dip out of a can of borlottis, some caramelized onions, a drop of the same wine that went into the steamers, olive oil, salt & pepper. It was good that first night on Ak-Mak biscuits, and even better a few days later with...

.the gaspacho we made to cool ourselves in this hot weather, featuring, among other things, herbs from our backyard. We have flat Italian parsley, chives, sage, and tons of mint (must try that mojito recipe ted's been telling us about, especially since I now have leftover limes to use up!) And the next night, alongside the leftover gaspacho (it's better the next day!), tried...

.John Thorne's crab cakes from Pot On The Fire. They were very salty, probably because I used canned crab, but very good.

Driving for hours to check out a new restaurant is fun when I can spare the time, but it's nice to know that great chowhounding is also available at my local Stop & Shop.

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