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Award-Winning Summer Care Packages

Posted by Elizabeth

Monday, June 23, 2014

It is a universally acknowledged truth that everybody loves receiving mail. And the sad fact that snail mail is slowly becoming more and more sparse means that the rare unexpected letter or prettily-wrapped package is even more exciting. Could it be the check your grandfather sends to you every year on your birthday? An adorable invitation to your cousin’s Bat Mitzvah? Maybe your favorite superstar finally replied to your endless barrage of fan mail (it could happen!).

But everybody also knows that the best form of mail to receive is that of the care package. Not only does an expertly crafted care package come with goodies that will last you for days, if not weeks, but it also shows that your mother/father/aunt/cousin/best friend put time and thought into creating something special they knew you would love and enjoy.

I’m lucky– my mother is always sending me care packages. Usually they’re a mixture...

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A World Cup Dinner Party

Posted by Lindsay

Friday, June 20, 2014

The World Cup started just a week ago, and it’s already been a tournament full of surprises. I mean, Germany beating Portugal 4-1? Spain, the defending champs, already out of the tournament after the second round of the group stage? The U.S. finally getting some revenge on Ghana for the last two times Ghana has kicked them out of the tournament? And this is just the beginning– I’m excited to see what’s going to happen in the later stages when the competition really gets hot.

But since not everyone is a sports fan, let’s take this opportunity to look at the World Cup from a foodie point of view (because who can argue with food?). The tournament is the perfect excuse to expand our tastes and try out new foods from various countries around the world as we watch them play. Let’s throw a World Cup-themed dinner party, a different country...

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Elevate your camping game (& food!)

Posted by Lindsay

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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My family never did much in the way of camping when I was younger. I used to camp out in the backyard with my sister and our neighbors, but that was pretty much the extent of it. The only time I really remember “camping,” we stayed in a cozy cabin, and a bear attacked our trashcans right in front of my brother and mom. So after that, we opted for vacations to places like Disney World or the beach instead. But I have to admit, I was always a teensy bit jealous of other kids whose families were big campers.

Of course, now that I’ve had the experience, I’ve found I’m much more of a glamper than a camper. The last time I went with a couple of friends, we went to Wal-Mart every day for supplies, couldn’t start a fire unless we had self-starting logs, and ended up mostly eating cereal...

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Wonderful World of Smoke Cooking

Posted by Elizabeth

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Growing up in New England, my family’s grill always got a good workout in the summer. We were always just so happy the outdoor temperature was above 60 degrees, that we cooked outside whenever we could. Meals had relatively easy prep and clean-up, and we were able to enjoy the last few hours of fading sunlight on those long summer days.

So although I’m familiar with working the grill, I don’t know much of anything about smoking meat—known to many as “true barbecue.” I’ve watched Guy Fieri get over-excited at famous barbecue joints on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and I’ve chowed down on ribs and brisket at Somerville’s Redbones BBQ. But I’ve realized that I know almost nothing about the actual process of smoking meat. So with a copy of Cheryl and Bill Jamison’s newly-updated Smoke & Spice handy, I decided to educate myself.

Grilling is the method of cooking meat quickly and over...

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