Pantry in Brookline is gorgeous



Farm to table, great. Store to table, also great. Especially when it’s this store. Pantry is the newest and freshest way to grocery shop. The store is a beautiful place, warm and well-stocked with dinner plans for every taste. There’s also a carefully curated selection of cooking utensils and pans – the chef’s choice – gorgeously displayed and reasonably priced, too. Recent college grads? Empty nesters? Busy families? They’ve got you covered for dinner, anyway.

I decided to try the salmon since we all love it, and I needed a new way to prepare it. Okay, I was asked repeatedly to find a new way to prepare it and finally took the clue.

Here’s the recipe I made –  Salmon with Spinach Barley.


Delicious, different and on the table in under 40 minutes. The recipe card says 35 minutes which is pretty accurate, I’m always a bit pokey the first time I make something.

So the shopping was a joy, the prep was a breeze. And here’s the final dish. And they pair beer or wine options (and have them in the store) with every recipe. Brilliant.

I’m definitely voting Pantry as most likely to be a new favorite place for dinner. Why? The store is gorgeous, the food locally sourced, the recipes fantastic – easy to execute but sophisticated – and you choose your own fresh ingredients.

Pantry also will deliver the ingredients. Really. Door Dash and Caviar both deliver Pantry’s fresh ingredients – and you get a fresh, healthy meal that’s way better than the usual take out fare.

This super sweet shop is in Brookline at 1622 Beacon Street – easy to get to and great to stop by if you are driving home past it. On the T? Just jump off the Green Line, grab your dinner and head home!

Head on over to Leah’s Life to see what they thought of the Thanksgiving Turkey Roulade.

And thank you to Leah for the great photos and for being so much fun!

Happy dinner planning!


I was not compensated for this post but was given the ingredients for the meal above to facilitate the review. I purchased the beer and wine myself, and some Justin’s peanut butter cups which did not make it home. Sorry, family. All opinions are, as always, my own.


How to help Paris: Ways to support victims of terror attacks in France



How to help Paris: Ways to support victims of terror attacks in France

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Rally of support for France and Paris

At this time of despair and mourning, it is up to us to unite for a better future for our children. Tomorrow at noon, Bostonians will gather on Boston Common to show their support for the people of Paris. For more information, see the Facebook event page.

from Combined Jewish Philanthropies

CJP/JCRC Statement on Paris Terror Attacks

We are horrified, saddened and enraged at the terrorist attacks that killed and critically injured scores of innocent people in Paris.

These attacks, carried out by Islamic extremists, struck at the very core of one of the world’s great cities, with targets including young adults enjoying a concert, families attending a soccer match and couples dining at a café. They were an assault on every person who believes in freedom and the dignity of life.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the murders; the third time in 10 days they have done so. The attacks occurred less than two weeks after a suspected bomb blew apart a Russian civilian jet, killing 224 people, including 24 children, and less than 72 hours after two bombings in busy Beirut neighborhoods killed more than 40 people.

Islamic extremism has many names and offshoots – Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, ISIS – but they share the same goals: destruction, murder and hopelessness.

As Rabbi Jonathan Sacks writes in his book, Not in God’s Name, “to invoke God to justify violence against the innocent is not an act of sanctity but of sacrilege. It is a kind of blasphemy. It is to take God’s name in vain.”

The Islamic extremists’ depraved worship of violence and death challenges us all.

On Friday night, President Obama said the Paris attacks were “not just on the people of France, but … on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.”

We have a shared responsibility to eradicate the evil of violent extremism, before we bury more innocent victims.

CJP welcomes the participation of interfaith couples and families, and people of all abilities, backgrounds and sexual orientations.

Just Add Cooking – the rest is covered

Do you know that feeling when you get a package? It’s great, right? What’s even better is when the package is filled with fresh, local ingredients for three whole dinners!  Love this new way of getting healthy food on the table. Not every week – heck, not every day – is the same and sometimes, usually, I am stretched to come up with healthy meals that I can make under an hour that everyone will like.  So while I am a tiny bit of a control freak, I also am pretty fresh out of ideas for dinner. Just Add Cooking came at just the right time.

Three meals, prepped and cooked in under 30 minutes, and the ingredients delivered to your door. Bye bye Control Freak. Hello, Just Add Cooking.


My lovely Just Add Cooking box had the ingredients for

Coq au Vin

Chana Saag

Fish Soup with Aioli


Everything was fresh, delicious, easy to prepare (and true to the projected cooking times which is the best). Having the exact ingredients and amount of ingredients was nothing short of a miracle (if you are my neighbor you have probably gotten a missing ingredient call from me). Can’t wait to try owner of Moody’s and an amazing chef, Joshua Smith’s take on Corned Beef and Cabbage. Yum.

Just Add Cooking is offering boxes starting at $39 for a 2-person, 3-meal box (normally $69) and $69 for a 4-person, 3-meal box (normally $109). This is for the first box for new customers and the price will be automatically applied to their first purchase if they visit and register by clicking “Get Cooking.”  So got try it out. Your dinners will be happier for it.
  • Just Add Cooking is based in Boston and the ingredients are locally sourced, using local farmers, vendors and purveyors and seasonal ingredients whenever possible.
  • Delivery area is throughout Eastern Massachusetts.
  • There are seven recipes to choose from each week. Typically there is a poultry, seafood, pork and beef option along with 3 vegetarian options.
  • You make a selection by 12 pm on Wed and get delivery on Sunday or Monday depending on your area.
  • There are also designated gluten-free meals, which have been evaluated by a dietitian and are clearly labeled as such.
  • Because Just Add Cooking sources locally, they pack and deliver (via courier) the same day. No FedEx means less packaging (packaging is minimal and everything but the freezer bag is biodegradable). This process also helps ensure freshness and involves lower food miles the ingredients have to travel.
  • All recipes are developed by an in-house chef and all recipes are tested to ensure they are accessible to home chefs. This means the time printed on the recipe (usually around 30  minutes) is the true cooking time.JAC Open Box picture
Check out Just Add Cooking
Disclainer: I was not compensated for this post but did receive a Just Add Cooking box to facilitate this review. All opinions are =, and always will be, my own.

Keurig Kold at Faneuil Hall and Giveaway


Keep this warm weather coming, I say. Yes, and since we still are hanging on to the last vestiges of summer (well, I am anyway), celebrate the warm weather with Keurig Kold at Faneuil Hall this weekend and the first ten will receive their own Keurig® KOLD™ drinkmaker system (over $300 value). No CO2 cartridges needed. That’s a win!

Here are the details.

WHAT:                 Visitors to Faneuil Hall will get to step into the cold as they experience the KOLD™ Kube, an interactive larger than life pop-up experience, which will make its first stop in Boston and continue onto New York and Chicago.  The KOLD™ Kube, which stands 15 feet wide and 32 feet long, will showcase the recently released Keurig® KOLD™, the first personal cold beverage system that fresh-makes still and sparkling beverages chillingly cold at the push of a button. With beverages from The Coca-Cola Company and Dr Pepper Snapple Group, as well as new varieties, including craft sodas, iced teas, flavored waters, sports drinks, and seltzers, the KOLD™ system offers something for everyone.


WHEN:                 Open to the Public:  November 5 –8, 2015

                                11 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily


WHERE:               Faneuil Hall Marketplace, between Merchants Row and South Market Streets


Can’t make it to the Kube? Here’s a giveaway of a Keurig® KOLD™ drinkmaker system. Yes, because I am nice like that.

a Rafflecopter giveaway and follow this link for the types of Kold pods. Want to see what the Kube looks like? Here you go!

UPDATE: The winner is Tammy C. Tammy, congratulations and check your email for details. Thank you to all who entered this giveaway.

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