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Plenty #16: Jake Levin, author, Smokehouse Handbook

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Smoked bluefish and vegetables; photo by Keller + Keller Photography.

Smokehouse Handbook, by Jake Levin, with gorgeous photos and approachable instructions and recipes, is a treasure map for your tastebuds.


Smoked bluefish and vegetables; photo by Keller + Keller Photography.

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The Brisket, Egg & Cheese is the best breakfast sandwich in town—also the stealthiest.

The unadvertised Brisket, Egg & cheese sandwich is legendary, and not just because it's a limited edition; photo by Jason Velázquez.

I bristle at breakfast sandwiches over $5, so I was initially skeptical about a sandwich that was JUST egg and cheese, with an invitation to add a slab of brisket or a sausage patty for another $2.

The unadvertised Brisket, Egg & cheese sandwich is legendary, and not just because it's a limited edition; photo by

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Beyond the Witches: 48 Hours in Salem

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For locals and tourists alike, Salem Willows has been the heart of Salem for generations; photo by Robin Catalano.

Over the centuries, Salem has managed to steadfastly preserve its history while transforming into a modern tourism destination—one with a penchant for festivals nearly every weekend of the year, a burgeoning dining and cocktail scene, and a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination.

For locals and tourists alike, Salem Willows has been the heart of Salem for generations;

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Plenty #15: Eating the Landscape with Chef Brian Alberg

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Photo of Hancock Shaker Mill vegetable gardens: The gardens at Hancock Shaker Village are a key educational component of the annual activities on site. Now, visitors can eat their education, both at Seeds cafe and through food awareness workshops; submitted photo.

On Plenty #15, we hear from Chef Brian Alberg about Seeds, the new Tap House, and Eating the Landscape.

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Unsung Eats: Lee’s Dynasty
Szechuan Chicken

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Szechuan Chicken, with egg roll and a soft drink, available at Lee's Dynasty in Adams for under $10; photo by James Kennedy.

Maybe today you don’t feel like cooking. Maybe today you don’t have the time to stop at the grocery store and go home and drag out the pots and pans because your entire day has been mired in chaos.  The answer then is to go out to eat or order take out but that doesn’t

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TLC#59: Food for Thought: Dinner with Virginia Willis at Hancock Shaker Village

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Shaker Meets Southern with Virginia Willis

Gardens with Round Stone Barn and Dairy Ell, Hancock Shaker Village; photo by Bestbudbrian; [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Top Left TunesThis episode features “Hot Chicken,” off Dom Flemons‘ release, Prospect Hill. We interviewed this Grammy Award winning artist

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Plenty #9: Christopher Kimball Settles in on Milk Street

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In Episode #9, Plenty talks with another icon of the food world, this time pioneer of the culinary airwaves, Christopher Kimball. The founder of Cook’s Illustrated magazine, and instantly recognizable host of the Emmy Award–winning  “America’s Test Kitchen” from 2001 through 2016, he is

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