// Ricky DiGiovanni ushers in spring with plants

Ricky’s Flower Market helps urban gardeners find their green thumb, and grow their own food.

// Fund-raising and raising online profiles

It’s no longer enough to attend a fund-raiser. You’ve also got to post your presence on social media — for the good of your brand and the host’s.


Picky eaters won’t detect the veggies in these recipes

Brownies, mac and cheese, and muffins with healthful ingredients.

Rooftop garden brings fresh greens to Fenway

Vegetables and herbs are being grown for fine dining at the ballpark’s EMC Club.


// Spirited margaritas just a drive away at Besito Mexican

Besito Mexican Restaurant in Burlington offers an impressive list of over 80 different agave spirits and an extensive menu of refreshing margaritas.


// Easy Jack is bright without a hoppy wallop

Easy Jack, from California’s Firestone Walker Brewing Co., is being made year-round with German hops.


// Shirley Temple and The Cafe

At The Cafe at the Taj Boston, a framed photo of child star Shirley Temple, snuggled up in bed, is on the wall.

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// Where Red Sox Nation can satisfy its hunger

There are a lot of great places to tame hunger in the Fenway neighborhood.

// Overflowing plates at Benton’s Sugar Shack

A restaurant wasn’t Jacob Benton’s vision in the 1830s when he began selling his maple syrup products.

Cheap Eats

// Royal East’s Malaysian fare is a secret worth sharing

When Karen Yee and Evans Fu bought the 30-year old Chinese restaurant near Central Square they rolled out their Malaysian menu a few dishes at a time.


// Adeline Myers celebrates meatballs from around the world

In “Global Meatballs,” Myers celebrates the imperfections that make these “humble, misshapen rounds” a home kitchen favorite.

// Almost a no-go, Hopkinton hot dog truck reopening as usual

While the Marathon start was a sure thing, this season’s opening of Hopkinton’s Snappy Dogs hot dog truck was not.

seasonal recipe

// Recipe for asparagus, ham, and ricotta crostata

This buttery free-form crust makes a casual, unfussy tart.

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// Recipe for creamy hummus

The secret to this creamy hummus is Soom tahini.

seasonal recipe

// Recipe for oranges with custard sauce

Custard sauce, also called creme Anglaise, is a lightly sweetened dessert sauce thickened with egg yolks.

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// Recipe for lamb vindaloo

The word vindaloo comes from the Portuguese dish, “carne de vinha d’alhos,” which is meat marinated in wine and garlic.

Sunday Supper & More

Lamb stew for chilly evenings, then shepherd’s pie

Casseroles like this will tie you over until the real spring arrives.


// Gelato roses bloom on Newbury Street

The new gelato cafe, Amorino, on Newbury Street is the first New England location for the French chain.

// Cooking tip from food editor Sheryl Julian

Last call for Brussels sprouts. Once asparagus and artichokes take over, the little sprouts will disappear from menus and nightly suppers. Before you bid them adieu, glaze a panful of the little green rounds: Halve them, steam for 4 minutes or until almost tender. In a skillet with 2 tablespoons hot olive oil, lay the sprouts, cut sides down, and cook 2 minutes or until browned. Turn and cook until tender. Mix 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard with 1 tablespoon honey and add to the sprouts with salt and pepper. Cook 1 minute more, stirring constantly.

Dining capsules

Dining Out reviews

// Where should you eat this week?

Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

The best and worst from Boston dining

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// The 2014 Boston restaurant awards

Boston ate well in 2014. Let’s take a look back at the highs and lows — the tastes, restaurants, and people that made this a year to remember.

Best wines under $20

// 10th annual Plonkapalooza: Best wines under $20

Sommeliers sampled 25 whites, 25 reds, all under $20, and uncorked some surprises among the winning wines.

Double shot

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// The buzz on coffee and the people who drink it

Presidential coffee history, the Costco coffee habits of Michael Dukakis, and a journey for the perfect cup.



Harpoon employee has bragging rights

Braggot Rights, a cross between a honey braggot and a double IPA, won Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series of limited-edition beers this time around.

New England diners

// 16 must-visit New England diners

These restaurants greet their guests with good food, down-to-earth atmosphere, and friendly prices.

Barbecue in Boston

// Boston’s 10 best BBQ joints

We decree which spots serve the tastiest ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and other smoked specialties.

Globe Magazine

// The food issue

How “Top Chef” Kristen Kish entertains, plus Clover Food Lab’s secret ingredient.