Scallops with Spring Peas and Tarragon


This time of year, pretty much everybody is ready for summer to start. Me, I could use a couple more weeks of winter. That's when I get to be creative in the kitchen. If it weren't for Wellfleet winters, you wouldn't be seeing Oysters Absinthe on the menu at Mac's Shack this season. They take the Rockefellers for a ride on the wild side. In January, we got into Maine shrimp. They'll be on the menu

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Yardbird-Inspired Pasta


If you are still wondering about that old question regarding "which came first...?" you probably don't have a chicken coop in your backyard.

Our chicks arrived via the U.S. mail last spring. My girls named them right away. In the fall, they entered Goodie, a pretty California White hen, in the "Barnyard Beauty" competition at the Truro Ag Fair. (Later, Goodie came out as a rooster, but thankfully the folks in Truro are open-minded; she was allowed to keep

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The Last Squash, The First Beetberry


Alex called yesterday to say he and Elspeth were down to the last squash from last summer's crop. "Want to come to dinner?" He can be so calculating.

"Um, I think we're busy," I said. One thing I've learned since we planted the vegetable garden over at the Shack three years ago is that you can end up with too much of a good thing.

It wasn't until this morning that the real

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Smoky Monkfish & Mussels Marinara


Every week, my brother Alex puts together a local seafood report to make sure we're all up to date on what's coming in and from where. This week, mussels were on the list: a sure sign of spring. These mussels are wild picked in Orleans, and nobody in his right mind can get out there and harvest in the deepest cold of winter.

We do also get farmed mussels from up in

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Waiter, There’s a Dune in My Food Chain


If you're the beach-going type, you've seen those stretches on the Outer Cape's "back shore" (the ocean side of Cape Cod) where the dunes change dramatically from one year to the next. We've never worried much about those changes: they're all part of a natural process. But for the last couple of years, we've had some unusually mighty winter storms here. And shore mapping experts over at the National Seashore say that

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