Category Archives: Recipes

Cranberry Margarita with Autumnberry Rimmer

Coastal Goods owner Nigel Dyche has a longstanding tradition of concocting a special, signature cocktail to kick off Thanksgiving festivities every year. Nigel has outdone himself this year by crafting a sensational Cranberry Margarita, delectably rimmed with Coastal Goods Autumnberry Salt. The homemade Cranberry Syrup imparts a Cape Cod flair to the libation and may be made up to 1 week in advance of your Thanksgiving happy hour.

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Flank Steak with Evening Joe Coffee Rub

Country Western music lyrics proclaim even if you are not from Texas, Texas wants you anyway. Well, were not from Texas but seasoning steaks, chops, and chicken with Evening Joe Coffee Rub makes use feel like we are kicking up our heals of our cowboy boots.

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Cinnamon Sugar

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Easy Roman Holiday Spaghetti with Pancetta and Pecorino

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Shogun 7 Cucumber Salad

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Greek Swordfish Kebabs

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Cape Cod Corn Canoes

I created this sinfully rich and utterly delectable corn off the cob recipe fifteen years ago to accompany a Labor Day lobster bake my aunt and uncle were hosting at their Cape Cod home. Since I had just recently moved from Nantucket to Cape Cod, the recipe’s alliterative name seemed like a natural. The “canoe” shape is fashioned from the corn husks, which house a colorful filling of corn kernels blended with sun-dried tomatoes, dried porcini mushrooms, and creamy mascarpone. The recipe’s Labor Day debut seems apt, since making these canoes can indeed be a labor of love. Patience, however, will be rewarded as everyone who tastes these “canoes” begs for the recipe. I change the recipe a bit from time to time and will sometimes use lighter panko bread crumbs in place of the buttery and oh-so-New Englandy Ritz cracker crumbs.

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Pickett Street Cafe Inspired Breakfast Bagels with Smoked Salmon

The 158 Pickett Street Cafe in South Portland, Maine, offers a terrific breakfast and lunch menu centered around homemade bagel sandwiches, running the gamut from the classic New England bacon, egg, and cheddar to the “Hippie” with hummus, cucumbers, carrots, greens, and seeds. All are served in a wonderfully clever yet basic Maine fashion—artfully arranged in a pie tin rather than on a regular plate. My husband’s favorite breakfast has long been a toasted bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon, so it is no surprise that this is our favorite combination to order at the Pickett Street Cafe, no matter what the time of day.

Pickett Street Cafe gussies up its bagel and smoked salmon presentation with thinly sliced cucumbers, red onion, capers, and sprigs of fresh dill, garnishes we now love to use at home as well. I have even gone so far as to buy a couple of old pie tins so we can totally relive the Pickett Street Cafe experience when in our Cape Cod kitchen. Plain or whipped Philadelphia cream cheese is absolutely fine to spread on the bagels, but if you are feeling extra energetic you may want to stir up a batch of my Preppy Cream Cheese, a family favorite. Needless to say, high-quality smoked salmon is a must to serve with the bagels and the hardwood-smoked salmon from Sullivan Harbor Farm in Hancock Village, Maine, is an excellent choice to use here.

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Simple Stovetop Lobster Bake

If there were his/hers, Mars/Venus lobster bakes, this would definitely be hers and mine, while the macho backyard wheelbarrow lobster bake undertaking on page 116 could be gleefully ceded to my husband. What I love about this indoor stovetop recipe is that it is easy, pretty, tasty, and can be made at any time of the year, providing that local summer corn isn’t vital to your lobster bake enjoyment. I have often assembled this stovetop lobster bake in the snowy depths of winter, and it really hits the spot as a welcome interlude to a steady cold weather diet of thick soups and stews.

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