Posts Tagged ‘Latinfoodie Find’

The Jam Stand comes to brunch

Lately I’ve been brunching at home, a lot. One of the highlights of this brunching spree included pairing crepes with Drunken Monkey jam from The Jam Stand, an artisanal jam business founded by two girlfriends Sabrina Valle and Jessica Quon. These adorable ladies are experimenting with wild flavor combinations in their Brooklyn kitchen, creating jams like the Razzy Gabby (raspberries and jalapeños), You’re Bacon me Crazy (bacon!), and Drunken Monkey (bananas and rum). The result is these crazy spreadable concoctions unlike any jam I have ever tasted before. They’re super fresh, have no preservatives, and many of them are made from seasonal ingredients. more »

Madre Hambre, otherwise known as Hungry Mother

picture-6I celebrated my Easter weekend not with a feast of dyed eggs and glazed ham, but succulent mussels from Northern Maine. Even though they were a far cry from the Spanish-styled garlic-sizzled version that I devoured on Sundays at La Casa de España, a local enclave run and frequented by the Spanish community in Santo Domingo, they were the basis of an unforgettable dish I found deep in the dark streets of Cambridge.

It was an unusually chilly April night in a college town known for its carefree youth; yet inside the sophisticated-country-themed Hungry Mother, my dish was serious business. On the plate, the shells were shiny black cocktail dresses that covered silky, fleshy treasures peeking coyly at me. They bobbed in a delicate broth prepared with strips of tasso ham, green onion confetti, toasted breadcrumbs and a collection of Louisiana spices that left a dash of heat on your tongue.

I lifted each mussel from its shell, brought it to my lips and popped its sweet brininess in my mouth. Tearing off a small piece of homemade country bread,  I began a ritual during that memorable meal of soaking up the fragrant broth between each muscled mouthful. Pure bliss.

Take a look at the great stuff these guys are creating in this Cambridge kitchen, and check out their eclectic menu here:

Hungry Mother

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