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Uncle Johnny’s (Old) Manhazerac

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My Uncle Johnny is an experimenter extraordinaire, particularly when it comes to cocktails. Following is a recipe for a Manhattan/Sazerac fusion straight from the master’s laboratory.

Pretty darned tasty!

In an old fashioned glass put:

½ tsp. sugar (try dark brown sugar, it is really mellow)

1 half inch wedge orange, tangerine, or tangelo (include the skin)

1 or 2 maraschino cherries

1 or 2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 or 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters

¼ tsp Pernod or Absinthe

½ tsp sweet vermouth

Muddle all together, mashing in the glass with a wooden muddler or a pestle.

Add 2 ounces bourbon whiskey

Fill glass with ice

Top off with a splash of fizz water.

Stir.

Drink.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

December 15th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

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NY Times Reviews the Roundhouse

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The Times just reviewed the latest addition to what is becoming an increasingly interesting food scene in Beacon, the town where I live. The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls is a gorgeous restaurant that is housed in what was, for as long as I have lived here, a derelict factory building on one of the most beautiful pieces of property in town.

The review is accurate. We've been there twice so far and the fare ranges from the amazing (Bluepoint oysters and refreshing ceviche) to the tasty-but-probably-something-you-could-just-as-easily-do-at-home. This, I think, is largely due to the fact that, as was mentioned in the review, all the meals are being cooked on outdoor grills that are located on the patio. Up until last week the restaurant had no gas service to the building so they have not been able to use their fabulous looking kitchen. (There are windows on the street from which you can watch the cooks at work.) The restaurant was waiting for MTA approval to allow them to run gas lines underneath an old set of train tracks. Those lines have now been run, so I'm guessing that, very soon, both the indoor restaurant and the patio restaurant will be in full service and no longer subject to the challenges of grilled cooking.

I highly recommend the Roundhouse and the patio for dining as an amazing delight.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

July 8th, 2012 at 8:43 am

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Mei Mei Street Kitchen – A Boston Food Truck

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Had lunch today from an amazingly delicious food truck at the outskirts of the Northeastern U campus. Mei Mei Street Kitchen is, hands down, the best food truck food I’ve ever tasted, but it’s also some of the most interesting and delicious food I’ve tasted period.

I had a braised beef scallion pancake sandwich with fried fiddlehead ferns.

Fantastic!

The Mei Mei Street Kitchen website sports a listing of where they will be each day of the week. If you’re in Boston I highly recommend that you give them a try.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 4th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

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Soup du Jour

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Today’s soup? One of my all time favorites, beef and barley. We started with a fresh, homemade broth that Kathy made from the bones of two chickens we had last week. (We did have to add some boxed broth as well to get as much as we needed.)

We simmered for four hours with some short ribs, dried thyme, and bay leaves.

Beef and barely soup's humble beginnings

Beef and barely soup's humble beginnings

When the simmering finished we stripped the meat from the bones, added some cooked barley, and shallots and mushrooms we’d sauteed and then finished with Sherry. The end result… delicious!

The delicious end

The delicious end

Written by Jeffery Battersby

December 13th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

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Alice Water’s, The Art Of Simple Food

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I can’t speak about the other two cookbooks mentioned in this NPR piece, but I can highly recommend Alice Water’s The Art of Simple Food.

My aunt and uncle gave this to us last year and it’s nothing but great!

Written by Jeffery Battersby

April 22nd, 2009 at 12:07 pm

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WineSnob, Free Until Valentine’s Day

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Available for free only until Valentine’s Day, WineSnob. A cool little iPhone/iPod touch app for cataloging your favorite wines and for keeping track of everything you’ve ever tasted.

Photograph labels, add detailed notes, rate the wines you’ve enjoyed, and there’s even pairing information to help you select the perfect wine for your meal.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 8th, 2009 at 9:42 am

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