Sunday, April 14, 2013
What's a person with a sweet tooth to do?
“Sugar (do-do-do-do, doot doot, oh, honey honey, you are my candy girl........ “ Please, tell me I'm not the only one who remembers this classic from the Archies? Ok, how about this one, “Pour some sugar on me”? Really, the list of songs with sugar in the title goes on and on and on. From the Mills Brothers’ “Sugar Sugar” to the Stones’ “Brown Sugar” to 50 Cent’s “Sugar” and hundreds in between. The truth is this sweet, granular substance that dates back to the 3rd century isn't as desirable as songs would have you believe. Sugar, a simple carbohydrate composed of hydrogen and oxygen, is a leading cause of obesity, diabetes, dementia, and cardio-vascular disease. It is an empty food that has high caloric energy but absolutely no nutrients…
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Food Columnist Bob Leo speculates on what Jesus and his disciples may have eaten at The Last Supper.
Did you ever notice some people just have curious minds. You know the type, heads full of useless information. I must admit I'm one of them. Indulge me for a moment if you will. I'm discussing plans for Easter Brunch at TCC with our chefs. The conversation led to barley and almond salad. Sounded Biblical to me. I think I wrote a piece on Biblical Foods a year or so ago, and that got me thinking, I wonder what Christ ate at the Last Supper? So here we are. Of course nobody knows for sure as none of us were there. The obvious reference book would be the Bible. I started there. I found out talapia is known as St. Peter's Fish and according to Luke 24:42 "they partook of broiled fish and honeycomb" so I'm guessing talapia, which is still …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Event is a chance to sample foods from the finest restaurants in Tewksbury.
It's that time of year, time for the annual "Taste of the Town", sponsored by the The Tewksbury Rotary Club. The event is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 3 at the Tewksbury Country Club, 1880 Main St, Tewksbury, from 5 to 8 pm. If you've never been to Taste of the Town, you are missing out on something special. It's a chance to come and sample terrific entrees, soups & desserts from some of the finest restaurants in Tewksbury and neighboring towns. The event also features a raffle and silent auction items. Tickets are $25 per person and proceeds benefit Tewksbury Rotary Scholarships. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or by calling 978-851-8945. Confirmed participants include Tewksbury Country Club, The Ninety-Nine …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Food columnist Bob Leo takes a look at the history of wine that had been overlooked for many years.
Isn't it funny how things come into vogue. Recently I have had a number of requests for Muscato wine. Now, historically Muscato was a cheap party wine, popular on college campuses and inner city barbeques. Nowadays most of your trendy establishments carry some type of Muscato. Made from the Muscat varietal this wine comes in a host of shades but the most popular is blush or pink. I recently sampled a few different brands (way to sweet for me) and it got me thinking. I remember when I was a little squirt my Nana would always have a glass or two of Cold Duck on the holidays. The original recipe for Cold Duck was combining the dregs of big reds with champagne. This happened in Germany around 1937, originally called Kaltes Ende or cold end …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Turns out an Italian chef knows quite a bit about Irish food.
Top o' the mornin' to ya and the rest of the day to myself. Sorry, just get ready for the original green holiday. Over here at TCC a lot of work goes into St. Paddy's Day. I know what you’re thinking, what's an Italian guy from the North Shore know about Paddy? Well, let me tell you this -- I, Robert Geraldo Antonio Leo Jr., personally make every loaf of Irish soda bread that is served with all our traditional Irish meals on St Paddy's day, and have for years. And each and every one of those years my counterpart Judy tells me the story of her old Irish Grandma and her green ceramic baking pan with the little chip in it. It's become a little tradition and always concludes with " and make sure you use caraway seeds! ". So let me tell you a…
Sunday, March 3, 2013
A healthy lifestyle goes beyond simply what we put in our mouths.
Just for the record, in the 50 or so years I've been placed on this earth, I have owned four dogs, Clover, Simba, Sasha, and Curly Q. I have owned seven cats, Salem, Willow, Peaches, Max, Kaiya, Nala, and Smokey. Smokey had a tumor on his front left leg and had to have an amputation. He adapted nicely with three legs and still maintained his good nature. For twenty-three of those fifty or so years years I have maintained a 55 gallon aquarium. I have owned anoles, hampsters and hermit crabs. I have a Russian Turtoise name Frank Sinatra ( he has a long skinny neck). Hence, I am very much aware of the difference between pets and livestock. For the record I have never eaten any of them ! I do, however, understand the need to mass produce …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Also in this month's roundup of restaurant news near Tewksbury: A new restaurant in Wilmington and a big cheese in Concord.
Friday, January 4
We know Tewksbury residents don’t only stay in town when they want a night out and a break from cooking. Restaurant coming and goings, new businesses and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on Patch sites around the region over the past month. Below is a look at the restaurant and food stories covered in the past month. Redstone Liquors to Sell Rare Beer Redstone Liquors began selling one of the highest rated and rarest beers in the world in December, according to the company's website. Redstone Liquors is one of four locations in Massachusetts selling Belgian-brewed Westvleteren XII, according to the site. The beers won't be sold anytime before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 and will be sold on a first-come, …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Five simple ingredients blend together to create a dessert that is truly amazing.
"Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better." -- Robert Redford My friends and I, collectively known as The BBs, got together last weekend to catch up and catch our breath as this holiday season got into full swing. Each of us brought a little something to nosh on (I brought my Mini Macs) and we had a great afternoon filled with laughs, good eats and a very tame Yankee Swap. All of us agreed though, that the highlight of the afternoon was Kelly's dessert, aptly named "Almost Heaven in a Bowl." It was the best dessert I had tasted in a good long while. It was so good, in fact, that I made it two days later at home and my guys devoured it. (I may have eaten a bit of it too.) This is sweet treat is so …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Dana-Farber expert offers easy and good-for-you ways to entertain
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Here is a recipe for a veggie quiche, great to make ahead of time and bake on a relaxing Sunday morning.
"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." -- Lewis Carroll There is nothing like a lazy Sunday. Unfortunately because of our hectic lives we don't get to enjoy them as often as we'd like. Between sports, events, errands, etc. it seems as though there is never a day of rest during the week anymore. At this point I'll take what I can get...so how about a lazy Sunday morning? Just a few hours to sleep in, read the paper, take the dog for a leisurely stroll...then eat a nice breakfast with my cup of Joe. This quiche is perfect for that morning, because you can premake it a day or two ahead of time and just throw it in the oven when you're ready. The recipe makes two so you can even freeze one for later. …