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This Week's Food

A Lesson on PFAS

A Lesson on PFAS

Earlier this year, the state of ME identified over 700 sites it would investigate for elevated levels of PFAS. This group of chemicals, great at making things fire/grease/stain resistant, has been used for decades in myriad applications from ski wax to non-stick pans. They’re also very, very slow to break down, earning them the name “forever chemicals”, and research is showing that, at elevated levels, they can cause serious health issues.
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Celebrating Women... And Cheese.

Celebrating Women... And Cheese.

Meet Holly Aker, restauranteur, good friend, fierce local food advocate, Connaisseur of all things Fromage and the founding force of Local Goods Gathered, the source of this week's cheeses in the shares and the Cheese of the Week. Feta! Cheese Curds!  Yes, please.
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Our Roots and Kind Roots

Our Roots and Kind Roots

When Family Dinner was getting started back in 2017, we worked out of Foundation Kitchen, a shared culinary space in Somerville, MA. We would gather on Saturday, pack shares and then drink beers in the parking lot, watching a veritable circus of Somerville locals parade by. 
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"Seeding" Hope

"Seeding" Hope

In the midst of the horror unfolding in Ukraine, we found ourselves desperate for something to latch our hopes and humanity to. We found it, hope that is, in the smallest glimmer, from Chef Jose Andres and his non-profit World Central Kitchen. Chef Andres, Michelin star chef and the winner of multiple James Beard Awards, started WCK in 2010 to address the humanitarian crisis in Haiti after an earthquake devastated the region.  They are now in Ukraine: 

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Snowy Comforts

Snowy Comforts

Who doesn't love a snow day? Thinking back to childhood, snow days always meant hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows and my brother (hi, Hughbie!) and me ending up in some sort of snow/ice fight. We asked some of the team to share their snowy comforts/what they're entertaining themselves with while inside, and here are some of their responses:

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A FISHtory Lesson

A FISHtory Lesson

This week's fish is Fluke from Red's Best at Fish Pier. Fluke, sometimes called Summer Flounder, is much more prevalent in the summer months in New England waters. But each winter, for a short while, they take a trip North from their toastier homes to pop into our frigid waters. We are in the middle of that brief but tasty séjour, and are grateful for it. 
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A Bite of Nostalgia

A Bite of Nostalgia

This week we have a delightful little wink from your childhood in at Treat of the Week. Peanut Brittle from Two Fat Cats Bakery is a nod from simpler times when the Internet wasn't a thing, roller skates were, and you had permanent dental hardware that made you look like a deranged cartoon beaver (just me??). It feels somehow reminiscent and special. We hope you enjoy it.
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All you need is Love!

All you need is Love!

Another peach of a day served up to you by vengeful, spite-fueled New England weather gods.  What a delight. We hope everyone is safe at home and off the roads.

To keep you cozy and warm we have created a Valentine's Day Pop Up to give you the warm , culinary fuzzies.  We're aware that Valentine's Day can be viewed as a corporate construct, just another way to shove nauseating Jewelry commercials into your eyeballs until you pass out. But to us, its an excuse to pour a glass of wine, crank some Pasty Cline and cook a delicious meal in your sweatpants.

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Cozy on Up

It's a very strange Saturday Morning for the Family Dinner Fam. There have only been 3 Saturdays in 4 years that we haven't been lovingly packing and delivering your shares while trading jokes and listening to bad 90's Hip Hop. ( Do I know all the words to "Shoop" by Salt N' Pepa?? Does a one-legged duck swim in circles? Yes. Of course I do.)
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READY FOR YOU!

READY FOR YOU!

Dinner, as we all likely are aware, comes at the end of the day. Sometimes it comes at the very end of very long days, where we have been stretched and pulled in a thousand directions, seemingly simultaneously. We get home and the prospect of dinner looms large, imposing another demand on your tired brain that feels like it clocked out hours ago.
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The Good Word

The Good Word

We are always trying to tell more and more folks about the mission of Family Dinner.  That we want to bring you the highest quality, best tasting local food around and use data and predictive analytics to eliminate waste in the system and give small family farms the chance to compete at a larger scale. (Insert Family Dinner cheerleading emoji here.)
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New Fin in the House

New Fin in the House

Since the dawn of Family Dinner (which feels like it was in the Mesozoic Era when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, but in fact was only in 2017), we have been sourcing seafood from our friends at Red's Best and at Ipswich Shellfish Company.  

We will certainly continue to do so but this week we wanted to introduce a new face to the line up: True Fin seafood which hails out of Portland, ME and is our main seafood purveyor there.

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Year in Review

Year in Review

For many of us (all? Yeah. Let's go with all of us), 2021 has been a year of fatigue and malaise draped in a cloud of general blah that rarely lifted. People are just so darn tired, feeling worn down to the nub with a tank that's teetering on "E". It's hard to pick up your head and peek around for bright spots.
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