Traditionally, the summer movie season that starts before Memorial Day and rolls on through Labor Day is a playground for heavy-duty toys: superhero franchises, action sequels, prequels, reboots. There's plenty of that on the studios' dockets in 2014, but comedies dominate the schedule.
All About Nantucket’s Meghan Trainor
All her Cape Cod friends were crowded together to take a picture when Meghan Trainor’s brother noted she was the odd duck. Her crew looked classically preppy in their white pants and pastel-colored shirts. Trainor was wearing her customary black-on-black.
To make the photo work, he put her in the middle.
“More shine for me,” Trainor recalls with a laugh.
Raised on Nantucket and Cape Cod, the 20-year-old Trainor has parlayed her independent shine into a surprise, chart-topping late entry in the “song of the summer” sweepstakes. “All About That Bass,” a happy-making modernized doo-wop ditty that celebrates plus-size figures who have “all the right junk in all the right places,” has hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Charlestown’s Legal Oysteria embraces Italy
The newest spinoff melds its signature seafood with classic Italian dishes in the former home of Olives.
Samuel Fromartz’s quest to make the perfect baguette
The adventure ultimately took Fromartz to bakeries in Paris, Berlin, California, and Vermont.
Tacos, flautas, and burritos at Taco Loco
The Somerville spot is serving up some of the best Mexican food in the area.
CanBeSmart Curry and other unusual recipes from ‘Ig Noble Cookbook’
The 40-page guffaw includes recipes from Nobel laureates, past winners of the Ig Nobel prize, and organizers of the Ig Nobel ceremony.
Updated steak and eggs, then egg salad with pancakes
Save some eggs from steak and eggs dinner for egg salad to serve with buckwheat pancakes.
Recipe for steak and eggs with zucchini vinaigrette
In this version of steak and eggs, chopped hard-cooked eggs are sprinkled over strip steak.
Recipe for egg salad with buckwheat pancakes
Think of this meal as a mash-up of elegant canape and favorite lunch, all rolled into a good dinner.
Time to flesh out eggplant
Now starring at farmers’ markets and farm stands: glossy-skinned eggplant with unique shapes and colors.
Chocolate bars made with honey, not sugar
Pure 7 Chocolate bars are made with organic cacao powder, organic cacao butter, raw local honey, and a handful of other organic ingredients.
Recipe for ginger-apple cake
Fall apples, shredded and seasoned with lots of gingerbread spices, melt into tenderness in this fall cake.
Recipe for sliced apple cake
Thinly sliced apples sit on a thin layer of not-too-sweet cake slightly spiced with nutmeg.
Recipe for quick ratatouille
Start with a variety of seasonal vegetables and herbs and saute them all in one pot, beginning with longer cooking ingredients and gradually adding the rest.
Recipe for tzimmes cake
Full of sweet potatoes, carrots, dried fruits, and nuts, tzimmes cake is carrot cake’s Jewish holiday cousin.
Recipe for sour cream apple streusel cake
This impossibly moist apple cake is swirled with brown sugar and topped with streusel.
On the Jewish holiday table
Over the years on Ashkenazi-Jewish tables, apples appear in cakes, such as this spice cake, and ingredients for the savory dish tzimmes appear in another spice cake.
For deli owners, Jewish holiday food comes from their own menus
For Jewish restaurant owners, the weeks leading up to Rosh Hashana, through Yom Kippur on Oct. 4, is the busiest time of year.
Recipe for kasha varnishkes
Kasha, or buckwheat kernels or groats, has a strong toasty-nutty flavor and aroma and tender grainy texture.
Kimchi at the core of Kittery noodle bar
Anju Noodle Bar in Kittery, Maine, is a bright, airy little space serving rich bowls of shoyu ramen, fluffy pork buns, and Korean-style rice bowls.