Some chopped olives draw the eye away from the dip's interesting color.

Shirley’s Pepper Cheese Dip

Made with cream cheese and a relish-like assortment of green peppers, sweet pickles, stuffed olives, garlic, and onion, this retro pepper cheese dip is enormously flavorful, and extremely popular.

I’m sharing a family recipe today in honor of my late grandmother, Shirley Russell Seavey.

A zippy cheese spread (known simply as “Nana’s Cheese”), this was one of her trademarks, served at family parties and given out at Christmas. Made with cream cheese and a relish-like assortment of green peppers, sweet pickles, stuffed olives, garlic, and onion, it’s enormously flavorful, yet somewhat hard to describe.

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Castine, Maine

Castine, Maine

One of the best things about my job is the way it lets me see new places in New England with not just ease, but encouragement. Earlier this summer, I journeyed the Maine mid-coast for some story research and blogging opportunities, and was lucky enough to spend the night in lovely, historic Castine, Maine.

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Easy Fisherman's Stew

Easy Fisherman’s Stew

For the most part, summer in New England is hot and muggy, but that doesn’t mean we’re immune from the occasional cold and raw day. Right now, for example, I’m warm and dry inside of a Starbucks, but outside in New Hampshire it’s cold, windy, and raining sideways.

It’s not a day for outdoor summer fun, but it’s perfect soup weather.

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Washington Square Park Arch NYC

New York City 2015 | 10 Photos

Early last Friday, John and I packed up the car and headed to New York City for the weekend. Normally when I say that, what I really mean is Brooklyn, because that’s where a good chunk of our best friends and John’s brother relocated to (what felt like) en-masse five years ago, but this time our destination was truly Manhattan proper.

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Vegan Blueberry Banana Nut Muffins

Vegan Blueberry Banana Nut Muffins

My kitchen smelled so good recently, and it was all thanks to these beautiful little blueberry banana nut muffins. I honestly can’t remember the last time I baked just for me — not for work or with the intention of bringing it to a party or as a gift — but these muffins looked so delicious when I saw them online that I told myself “but they’re good for you!” and went for it.

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