Cassoulet

(Allow at least 1½ days, including a final baking period of 3 hours.) Cassoulet gets its name from the casserole, the large earthenware pot it is cooked in. I was first introduced to it when I was invited to a party by my friend Sally Darr, former chef/owner, with her […]

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Vacation Fare is a Lasting Souvenir

When I talked to my editor about doing an article on Jamaica, she told me about Coonamessett Farm in Falmouth where workers prepare a Jamaican buffet every Wednesday.a Our conversation reminded me of some of the recipes I brought back from a winter vacation in Jamaica, a vacation that was […]

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Taking Vacation Home With You

Whenever I visit Mexico, I find the food and culture the most fascinating, exciting, and unique part of the experience. Once a year, I leave winter and work-related business behind and lay in the warm sun and go for long swims in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. There’s […]

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Steamy and Easy

Steamy and Easy The once plentiful American lobster is now a delicacy that plays a starring role in this easy, one-pot clambake. I like to celebrate the Fourth of July with a clambake on my deck or back yard. If it is a beautiful day, I transport it to the […]

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Solitary Dining

Solitary dining Meals so special you’ll be glad they’re yours alone By JOHN F. CARAFOLI CONTRIBUTING WRITER This is a time of uncertainty and unrest for all of us. It makes me think of my career as a food stylist and how frivolous it seems given what is happening in […]

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Soaking the Senses

Many years ago, I was living in Chicago, immersed in a demanding, high-pressure job, and needed to get away to somewhere quiet and peaceful to replenish my mind, body and soul. A friend mentioned Rio Caliente, a spa in Mexico, describing it as a tranquil, special place. Plates of Huervos […]

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Savoring the Cape’s Harvest

When I was 7 years old, my first job was picking wild blueberries in mid-August. I would sell them to the owners (two sisters) of By Way Lunch, the local luncheonette. It was a real challenge for me at that young age because they would buy as many as I […]

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Recipe for Recovery

No one looks forward to surgery. As a healthy, active person I have always dreaded it, particularly the thought of being incapacitated for any length of time. For years I had pain and some limited function in my left knee, but through yoga, swimming, acupuncture and a few unconventional methods […]

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Picture-Perfect

Picture-perfect Make your holiday parties and treats sparkle, using the finishing touches the professionals do In addition to writing my monthly column, “Cooking with Carafoli,” and developing recipes for a wide range of clients, I also work as a food stylist. Many people ask me what this means. It’s an […]

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Double Boiler Makes Perfect Polenta

It was one of those blustery wintry days on Cape Cod. The weather was nasty, and I felt like having a substantial, stick-to-your-ribs dinner, which to me means comfort food. I walked into the kitchen and spotted a box of cornmeal. Then I looked into the refrigerator and saw that […]

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