Until I learned to cook, I was always a little bit afraid of chowder. I can't imagine why. Chowder began as a throw-together dish made by fishermen on the dock, using the odds and ends of what they had caught. So, really, how complicated could it be? Not difficult at all, as it turns out. Sauté aromatic vegetables in fat (butter or bacon fat), add flour to make a roux, pour in some stock, and when it thickens, add the fish. You can use any fish, or a combination of fish, or fish plus shellfish. I buy packages of frozen... Read more →

Shrimp and bacon really kick up this broccoli slaw salad, and your own homemade ranch dressing pulls it all together. Easy to make, and hearty enough for a healthy weeknight main course. Read more →

If you're lucky enough to be able to get lobster where you live, this lobster and avocado salad with chunks of fresh tomato and basil should be at the top of your summer picnic food list. Read more →

Fire up the grill! It's time to serve up some burgers. Beef, turkey, salmon, veggie: here are some of our favorites, from The Perfect Pantry and from many other food bloggers. Read more →