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They call her the Popover Lady

Christos Markos

Naomi Cannistraci of Melrose sells popovers at many farmers’ markets and sometimes at the Boston Public Market. She’s developed a faithful following who seek her out, although most don’t know her name. “Everybody calls me The Popover Lady and it’s perfectly fine with me,” says Cannistraci, who even changed the name of the company to the moniker. Her popovers pop up tall and have crispy, bronze domes that break into a hollow center with a custardy lining ($3 each; 4 minis for $3). Cannistraci reinterprets this American version of English Yorkshire pudding and offers varieties by adding pesto, Asiago cheese, or sun dried tomato to the batter. Others are sweet; the dome drizzled with chocolate or dusted with cinnamon sugar. Cut the popover in half and use the shell like a crepe, filling it with chicken salad or berries and pastry cream for a dessert, recommends The Popover Lady. The classic or plain ones need nothing more than a spread of butter or jam. For farmers’ markets schedule, go to