Today, begins a new era with this beautiful website designed by Erin Sweeney. It is crisp in its design, fresh looking and easy to use. Though the years you might say I’ve had a bit of an identity crisis. While the books are published by Bass Pond Press, customers do not connect the name with the books. To be more confusing the name of Phoebe’s Kitchen is also connected to the books. This past fall when I was at the Harvest Festival in Rockport, a woman said to me, “Oh, you are the author of the taste and tales series.” A light bulb went off, that is who we are. From now on our blog will reflect not only on good food, but on tales about a restaurant, museum, city, etc and will have a recipe
that goes along with it.
For instance, the two previous blogs talk about Woodman’s in Essex and introduces their new cookbook that celebrates their 100th anniversary, but also tells the history of Chubby and the fried clam. This recipe can be found in the Taste and Tales of Massachusetts. The next one talks about Cortez Fishing Village in Bradenton, FL. Though I have been going to and living in Florida since the early 70s, last year was the first time I had actually visited the village. It is one of the last old Florida fishing villages left in the state, Cedar Key being another on the west coast of Florida. While it does n0t have a recipe, I have to say it was the best cole slaw I have ever had at the Star Fish Market. Wish I could get the recipe for it. I’ll try when I go this year.