Monday Musings + a salad using local ingredients

1. My in-laws came up to Boston for the weekend, and we enjoyed some good eats over a two day span.

We had planned to go to Neptune Oyster in the North End on Saturday night – and even showed up at the embarrassingly early time of 5:30 to get a table at the uber-popular restaurant – but were told there was a 2 1/2 hour wait.


Needless to say, we opted for a spot around the corner (Rabia’s) were I enjoyed an amazingly creative dish of apple ravioli with figs in a gorgonzola cream sauce (the iPhone photos of which were promptly discarded due to poor lighting) followed by a cannoli from Mike’s Pastry.

This right here my friends is a peanut butter cannoli that was approximately the size of my forearm.

Ok, slight exaggeration… but this guy was HUGE and, needless to say, amazingly delicious.



2. Easter has never been a big holiday for my family – though my parents did set up an annual egg hunt for my brother and me – so I stayed home to cook dinner while John and his folks went to church on Sunday morning.

The spread:

  • a big green salad with sliced toasted almonds, dried cranberries, crumbled goat cheese, and a maple-Dijon vinaigrette
  • roasted asparagus
  • baked maple/brown sugar-glazed ham
  • mashed maple sweet potatoes
  • a variety of freshly baked rolls from Whole Foods
I honestly could have made a meal out of just the asparagus & sweet potatoes, but everything was delicious!

My mother-in-law put together a beautiful Easter basket for us, including these gorgeous flowers, which are now gracing one of our living room window sills:

They remind me of how nice it is to have fresh flowers inside :).



3. The editorial assignment for this week’s Back Burner post is “local ingredients”.

Since most farmer’s markets aren’t yet open here in Massachusetts, I perused the aisles of Whole Foods with an eye out for the “I’m a local!” tags. I came up with this simple – but delicious – salad featuring locally grown greens, goat cheese from locally raised cows, and two New England specialties: dried cranberries (grown on Cape Cod) and maple syrup (tapped from trees in Vermont).

You can find the recipe here!

14 thoughts on “Monday Musings + a salad using local ingredients

  1. Ah, I love Neptune Oyster! Brings back such good memories of our Boston trip. My husband and I still talk about our trip and all the wonderful places we ate!

    Your homemade meal sounds equally delicious but not nearly as fattening as a lobster roll with drawn butter (:

  2. pb cannoli? wow. and those ravioli sound pretty unique and tasty as well :) looks like a great easter meal, glad you had a good visit!

  3. Nice work making a local salad this time of year! I’ve only been to Neptune Oyster once, and managed to get in without a wait. But I think it was 5pm on a Sunday…

  4. I love Mike’s Pastry! Have you been to Monica’s Trattoria in the North End? It’s the small Monica’s, by the other 24-hour bakery, and has such good homemade gnocchi when they have it. Jealous you’re in Boston :)

  5. Neptune definitely has a long wait but it’s so worth it (although maybe more difficult with parents). Love that place! Your ravioli sounds pretty cool though so obviously it worked out :)
    Well done with the local salad – we have slim pickings for now but it’s coming soon!!

  6. O.M.G. Mike’s has a peanut butter cannoli!? I’m obsessed with peanut butter pie and I bet I would absolutely love this cannoli. Seriously considering driving into the city after work for one! Yum!

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