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Japanese Eggplant Banh Mi

Chef Bill Nurse of Strip-T's in Watertown, was kind enough to share his recipe for this vegetarian-but-not-lacking-anything take on the banh mi sandwich. While it has a few distinct components, each is easy to accomplish and they come together in one stellar sandwich. It's great eaten immeditaely, but also perfect for picnicking because wrapping and transporting the sandwich gives the layers and flavors time to meld a little. 

Lobster Rolls: Not Just A Maine Event

It’s only been five or six years that I've been obsessed with lobster rolls, but in that time, I've tried them all over New England. Lobster rolls differ from state to state, and a lot of people ask which version is the best. To me, there isn't really a clear winner. If you follow two main guidelines, your lobster rolls will be great!

1. Use really great lobster

2. Don’t mess with it too much

  • June 27, 2016

Boston Lobster Roll

“Boston Style” lobster rolls are probably not recognized by many people as a regional variant of the lobster roll, but I'm using this term to encompass lobster rolls that have been elevated with different flavors or “cheffed up” at fancy restaurants. Sometimes chefs can go too far and actually take away from the lobster itself, but if they play a light hand, the results can be amazing. My version here uses butter and mayo as a base, and just some finely minced celery and chives to accentuate the natural lobster flavor.

Rhode Island Lobster Roll

Now we've reached the part where rule #2 starts getting interpreted differently by different people. The Rhode Island lobster roll, often known as the New England lobster roll, is the style most people are familiar with. Cold lobster is tossed with slices of celery, and then the whole thing is served on the traditional griddled buttered roll, but often a piece of lettuce is placed in between the lobster and the bun in an effort to prevent the bun from getting soggy.

Connecticut Lobster Roll

On the other side of the region, but equally as simplistic, you have the Connecticut lobster roll. This is the only state where a lobster roll is usually warm, and not served in the traditional split top roll. A cavern is dug out of a torpedo roll and the lobster is tossed in butter only and stuffed inside. The sandwich is then cooked almost like a grilled cheese, pressed on each side to toast up and warm through.

Maine Lobster Roll

The baseline roll is in Maine, a state where putting celery in a lobster roll is a crime punishable by law. I have been stopped at the border of Maine and had my celery confiscated by customs. The lobster is very lightly dressed with mayo and served cold on a griddled buttered roll — split top, New England style, of course! This style of lobster roll is often seen on Cape Cod and the Islands, or pretty much any major fishing town in New England.

Mix Up Some Sweet Summertime Cocktails

Naturally sweeten your weekend with these simple honeyed cocktail recipes inspired by local restaurants. 

Mix Up Some Sweet Summertime Cocktails | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

At Craving Boston, we’re not only bringing you the latest local food news and trends, we’re giving you fun ways to translate them into the food and drinks you make at home.

  • June 17, 2016

Make Your Own Almond Milk

Whether you subscribe to a paleo diet, a dairy-free diet, or just happen to like almond milk, this recipe is for you. The editors at America's Test Kitchen tried and tested all the ways to make the nut milk at home and have delivered a simple, foolproof recipe that will have you DIY-ing your way to nut-milk heaven. It's a staple recipe from their first paleo cookbook, "Paleo Perfected" that came out earlier this year. 

Watch How Easy It Is to Make Chicken Curry at Home

Growing up, like most Indian Americans, I was spoiled by my mother’s Indian cooking. I didn’t quite appreciate the variety and complexity (not to mention health benefits) of the dishes she made until I went to college, where the salad and sandwich bars and strange pasta concoctions made me homesick for something colorful and spicy. I soon joined a food co-op and was required, along with all other members, to cook once a week for 30 people.