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Swiss pastries

Dedham, MA 07/22/2014 MiniSwirls from swissbäkers, available at the Dedham Farmers Market Alex Jones / www.alexjonesphoto.com

Dedham, MA 07/22/2014
MiniSwirls from swissbäkers, available at the Dedham Farmers Market
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I couldn’t resist picking up a few pastries while I was at the farmers market, these MiniSwirls from swissbäkers in Allston just looked far too good.

Ever seen a fresh currant before?

Dedham, MA 07/18/2014 Fresh Currants. Alex Jones / www.alexjonesphoto.com

Dedham, MA 07/18/2014
Fresh Currants.
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I knew that red currant jelly was a thing, and I’ve seen them dried in baked goods, but until this week I had no idea how beautiful a box of fresh currants could be.  Like a bunch of little red pearls…

Heirloom Tomatoes

Dedham, MA 07/17/2014 Heirloom tomatoes and Basil from MacArthur Farm. Alex Jones / www.alexjonesphoto.com

Dedham, MA 07/17/2014
Heirloom tomatoes and Basil from MacArthur Farm.
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Continuing the series from the Dedham Square Farmers Market this week: Heirloom tomatoes and a little bit (ok, a whole lot) of basil.

Rainy day at the market

Dedham, MA 07/16/2014 Rainbow Carrots from the Dedham Farmers Market. Alex Jones / www.alexjonesphoto.com

Dedham, MA 07/16/2014
Rainbow Carrots from the Dedham Farmers Market.
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It’s been raining all day, but I was able to sneak in a visit to the weekly farmers market held in Dedham Square to see what looked good. These rainbow carrots are first up — more to come in the days ahead!

A little Armagnac for the summer

Delord Armagnac, 25 years old. Alex Jones / www.alexjonesphoto.com

Delord Armagnac, distilled and aged in France.
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I’m told that as the great whiskey shortage gets worse, we’ll all be switching to the next great barrel-aged liquor, Armagnac.  Not sure if I agree with that, but this bottle is pretty good.  Plus, I can channel my inner Bond Villain as I swirl it around in a snifter and cue up my best evil laugh.