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Oct 11, 2011 04:51 PM

Cooking and Eating Local - Boston

Just cause I was psyched, what I made for dinner:

Swiss chard with garden herbs.

Hard cider (Wilson farms pasteurized but no preservatives cider with Modern brewer ale yeast)

Fingerling white sweet potatos (Harvard Sq farmers market)

Broiled Blue Fish (New Deal) with house made hot sauce and black beans.

Truly amazing meal, might be the best Bluefish prep I've ever done.

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  1. Love bluefish. When I want to change it up from just salt and lemon, I like to season it strongly with stuff like jerk or blackening mixes. I might have stolen that idea from East Coast Grill (not that it takes a genius)...

    This is a good time for NE produce. I am excited to make my dent in the butternut and buttercup squash harvests, eat a lot of brassicas, and eat a few bushels of apples. As Batali says, "the first taste of squash every fall is an exciting reminder of the rich and complex flavors and real cooking that follow the simplicity of summer tomatoes and mozzarella."

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    1. re: emannths

      My SO made a buttercup squash soup with nutmeg and white wine last night that was divine.

    2. Mmm. I love your menu. I only do local these days, and am also an avid blue fish fan. I've been doing lots of roast veggies, carrot soup, salsas and apple crisp. This is a great time of year for eating local, for sure. Thanks for sharing.

      1. Just a brief reminder to please keep the focus on where you're finding great local ingredients, otherwise this will become a topic better suited to our Home Cooking board, and we'll move the thread there. Thanks very much!

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        1. re: The Chowhound Team

          Dewey Square Farmers Market, Central Square Farmers Market, Copley Square Farmers Market, Union Square Farmers Market and City Hall Plaza Farmers Market are all our favorites. You can get all kinds of amazing things right now, including cider, meat, honey, cheese, bread, nuts, nut butters, herbs, wine, eggs and all kinds of fruit and vegetables. We usually buy our local fresh fish at New Deal or Courthouse Seafood. Both are excellent. We are all happy that there will be three farmers markets this winter to choose from.

          1. re: mvi

            I'd also remind folks that Fresh Pond Seafood has reopened in Arlington, and at least upon first visit or two, the third generation fish shop looks as good as ever, and right up there with New Deal and Courthouse.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              Did they have some whole fish? I'm looking for a fish to stuff and bake whole. Seems like a good dinner for this time of year.


              1. re: StriperGuy

                when i was last there, a few years ago, i did not think that it was as good as New Deal, but if the board (and in particular SG) has a different opinion; i will try it again.

                1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                  My impression from the old local and 2 times at the new was completely top quality. But I will confess I don't have the same diehard allegiance as I do for New Deal.

                  I do think it is worth trying and may drift into New Deal level commitment to quality. When they were at Fresh Pond every piece of fish I had was impeccable.

                  1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                    The old Fresh Pond Seafood location closed nearly 5 years ago.

                    The new location seems to be a good fish market, though I have only been there once so for me to compare to New Deal or other options.

            2. Some fantastic food down at Dewey Square today, including treats from When Pigs Fly and Kimball Farm. It's been really tough on the vendors down there due to Occupy Boston, and business has fallen off. Plus it's been pretty stressful. So this is a good one to support right now. They have lots of stunning late season tomatoes, corn, assorted apples and potatoes, herbs like basil and cilantro, cauliflower and beets, among other things. Supposedly, they are staying open once a week until Christmas, which would be just great for people who like locally grown/ produced food.

              Kimball Farm
              400 Littleton Rd, Westford, MA 01886

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              1. re: mvi

                You'd think the Occupy Boston demographic would support the farmer's market even more.

                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  True. Do not want to get off topic here, but after much conversation with the folks who work down there over the past three weeks, now is the time to support the local farmers at Dewey Square. Just a great group and lots of good local food.