Blue Heron Local Cuisine

Cooking, Eating, and Drinking on the North Shore (and beyond)

Living on the Water July 22, 2009

Filed under: Regional food,Terroir — blueheronlocal @ 4:31 pm
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(photo from Trustees of the Reservation)

(photo from Trustees of the Reservation)

Community supported fisheries have been getting a lot of attention in the national news. It’s a revolution, first Boston, then the world (now where have I heard that before?).

But the thing is, you don’t live in New England because you like eating farm-raised shrimp from China stuffed with antibiotics.


In Boston, it can be easy to forget that you live on the water. Sure, you can see seagulls harassing each other for leftovers in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot, but how often do you see water other than the Frog Pond and dodgy puddles—the Jamaica Pond, if you are lucky?  


Here on the North Shore, the water is harder to ignore. We have to stop in our cars and wait for boats to go through the drawbridge, our roads go by the water, there are beaches we can go to whenever we want, we pass the tourists waiting outside Woodman’s. They came here to see something. But even on the North Shore, you cannot find local strawberries at the grocery store. In season.


One of the very basic things we can do to live less-ridiculous lives is to remember where we live.  This is very basic terroir. Up here, there is no reason to eat strawberries from Chile in February (or California strawberries in June), when you can freeze your overabundance of berries in June. Why would you eat Washington State apples in October, when, in Massachusetts at least, you are never more than an hour’s drive from an orchard? And the seafood.


 Eat like you live on the water. Support the local fishing boats that you see coming in when you are at the beach. The folks on board are your neighbors, not part of some foreign-owned corporation that has no interest in what makes New England different than Timbuktu, except for how they can make money from it.


Anyway, I hear Timbuktu is pretty hot this time of year.



First Ever Musical Blog Post December 8, 2008

Filed under: food culture,Terroir — blueheronlocal @ 5:41 pm
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We’re back from our decidedly nonlocal Thanksgiving. Culinary highlights include salad with pork (hello, southern cooking!), cornbread stuffing with sausage, the Continental Divide (tuna tostada and a mango/jalapeno quesadilla), inedible burritos on the highway, and scrapple.


I started this post days ago. That would be before my computer experienced wholesale failure. Well, I’ve been a bit demoralized since then, and it’s only 15 degrees outside, so I’d like to include my two favorite ridiculous food songs to cheer myself (and you??) up.


The first one was obviously composed under the influence. However, love Townes Van Zandt, love his ridiculous, drunken moments. And I do love Townes Van Zandt. You should be able to listen to Squash, here. It’s everything your inner-eight-year-old boy could desire.


My other favorite food song speaks to your inner fifties housewife. I’m pretty sure I don’t have an inner fifties housewife, but this song cracks me up anyway. Here it is: the one and only Lime Jello, Marshmallow, Cottage Cheese Surprise! (You should hear my eleven-year-old niece’s interpretation. It’s classic.)


Enjoy and don’t hesitate to send me your favorite ridiculous food songs in revenge.