La Scarpetta Pizzeria Italiana offers traditional fare, some surprises

La Scarpetta's cheesy fries (Marisa Nadolny)

With great weekday deals — kids eat free on Mondays; free cannoli or tiramisu with two entrees on Thursdays, among others — it’s clear management wants to engender a real sense of community through this enterprise.

Shoreline Chefs event in Westbrook raises money for Meals on Wheels

Pursuit of Pastry provided an array of desserts and cupcakes at the 2018 Shoreline Chefs. (Submitted)

The Estuary Council of Seniors is holding its annual fundraiser to benefit Meals on Wheels 3-6 p.m. September 22 at Water’s Edge Resort and Spa in Westbrook. This 5th Annual Shoreline Chefs will help raise money for local seniors in need. Shoreline Chefs features...

5 things to know about chardonnay, the world's most popular white wine

Pouring a glass of Oceano chardonnay (Photo for The Washington Post by Tom McCorkle)

Chardonnay goes well with buttered popcorn, but it shouldn't taste like it.

Parmesan-crusted halibut on phyllo sounds rich but eats light

Baked Halibut on Phyllo With Parm Topping (Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post)

This is the kind of dish I dream about: A hunk of tender, white fish sitting on a cloud of golden-brown, crisp flakiness.

Jeni Britton Bauer and Washington Post food writers talk ice cream

(Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post)

James Beard Award-winning American ice cream maker Jeni Britton Bauer recently joined The Washington Post Food section staff in answering questions about all things edible. Here are edited excerpts from that chat. Q: What does the addition of alcohol to an ice cream base do to the texture...

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Rick's List - Koster Compound Edition

I like to think that, at my best, I can at least be petty, jealous, and capable of wallowing in self-pity — typically in a waist-deep pool of tears salted with bitterness. I TRY, anyway.  As I look around the newsroom...

Kayaking the waves: Who needs a surfboard?

Lovely two-footers broke gently against the sandy shore — big enough for easy surfing, but not so overwhelming that you had to worry about concussions and dislocated shoulders.

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