Hub of the Universe

Since I’ve been back in Boston, it’s home cooking 24/7, from simple pasta with a good Hazan-inspired tomato-butter sauce to soft shell crabs to turkey burgers to pan seared yellow fin.  Ironically, many years ago, I learned to cook at home, which helps with a budget as well as eating food that isn’t heavily salted, piled on a plate, and emphasizing fat.

Of course, this does mean having to go to supermarkets just about every day to pick up fruits and vegetables.  There’s a first rate fish store in East Cambridge.  I get all my poultry and beef shipped–there’s one halfway decent butcher shop in the city, but it’s not half as good as purveyors that deliver to your door from farms in Idaho and Pennsylvania, and it’s twice the price.

On a positive note, Tropical Foods in Dudley Square is a really wonderful, huge market featuring products from the Caribbean, and here you find vegetables as well as spices that can help you cook at home.

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