Common Grounds: The Connection Between Coffee and Literature

By Jamaica Stuart|2019-01-31T09:49:52-05:00January 31st, 2019|

What does your perfect afternoon look like? For me, it’s curling up with a hot cup of coffee and a good book. The two components combine into something special, where each contributes to my enjoyment of the other. Turns out, I’m in good company. Many writers and readers over the centuries have voiced their enjoyment of coffee, including the nineteenth-century French writer Honoré [...]

PSG Favorites: Candy

By Jamaica Stuart|2018-12-11T11:35:27-05:00December 11th, 2018|

Here at PSG, we have a bit of a collective sweet tooth. Personally, I like chocolate—the darker the better—especially with add-ins like candied ginger or salted almonds. Here are some other favorite candies around the office: Angie loves Kit Kats, but Twix are a close second. Annette likes Cadbury Creme Eggs so much that for her ninth wedding anniversary her husband got her [...]

Sweeten the Season with These December Delicacies

By Angela Haas|2018-11-29T08:38:04-05:00November 29th, 2018|

December can be filled with stress—the holiday season is approaching, the weather is getting colder and work is piling up. Baking is the perfect way to combat this overwhelming season, because it helps you focus on something sweet. If you’re feeling stressed this winter, you could try these yummy dessert recipes: Classic Favorites Apple pie: Save some time by buying a pre-made pie [...]

Barista Hack: Your Guide to an Overwhelming Cafe Menu

By Monica Petrucci|2018-11-08T09:57:18-05:00August 28th, 2018|

I’ve been a barista at a European-style coffee shop for almost two years now. Since I’ve started, there have been many customers who look at our large and foreign menu and don’t know how to decipher it. It’s easy to get lost in a list of European names for drinks, so I thought I’d make a short cheat sheet for anyone feeling the [...]

Boston’s All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream for a Great Cause

By Kate Carroll|2018-11-02T16:17:32-04:00May 31st, 2018|

The holiday season may claim to be “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for me and many Bostonians, that distinction belongs to the first week in June. Since 1983, the Jimmy Fund has sponsored the Scooper Bowl® to raise money for cancer research and care. For three days from noon to eight o’clock, the fundraiser dishes out unlimited ice cream to visitors who [...]

Reading Up an Appetite: May the Odds Be Ever in Your Flavor

By Erin Sherry|2018-11-02T16:17:10-04:00May 29th, 2018|

When I think back to the most vivid food descriptions of my reading career, it doesn’t take long for Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy to come to mind. As the title suggests, food plays a major role in the plot and is symbolic throughout the book. In the next installment of my literary recipes series, I cook up some Capitol-inspired cuisine! In one [...]

Reading Up an Appetite: Stuffed Avocados Inspired by “The Bell Jar”

By Erin Sherry|2018-11-02T16:15:04-04:00May 3rd, 2018|

Ever since I purchased my first collection of Sylvia Plath poems in high school, I have been absolutely entranced by the lyrical prose and verses of New England native Sylvia Plath. My copy of her unabridged journals has been loved to near tatters, and I’ve even been known to pay casual visits to her childhood home whenever I find myself in the Jamaica [...]

Reading Up an Appetite: Stir-Fry Inspired by Haruki Murakami

By Erin Sherry|2018-11-02T15:47:19-04:00March 27th, 2018|

Earlier this month, I shared a recipe for Butterbeer Cupcakes inspired by the wizarding world of Harry Potter. After indulging in the magic of their butterscotchy goodness, I found myself craving something a bit more savory, but no less literary. This time around, I looked to the mind-bending novels of Haruki Murakami to guide me in the next chapter of my culinary literary [...]

Shh . . . It’s a Secret (Recipe)

By Trina Scuderi|2018-11-02T15:43:02-04:00March 8th, 2018|

As mentioned in my previous blog, I bake a lot of cookies. Walnut cups are my most requested, and I’m here to share the recipe with you! The walnut cups consist of two parts: the dough and the filling. The dough requires 2 sticks of butter, 2 cups of flour, and 1 package of cream cheese. I mix all my dough by hand, [...]

Reading Up an Appetite: Butterbeer Cupcakes Inspired by Harry Potter

By Erin Sherry|2018-11-02T15:42:08-04:00March 1st, 2018|

by Erin Sherry, Spring 2018 Intern As a reader, writer and self-proclaimed foodie, some of my favorite moments in literature are when an author makes my mouth water with vivid descriptions of a character’s meal. From Heidi’s fire-roasted cheese on toast to Edmund’s Turkish Delight in The Chronicles of Narnia, the books I love most tend to be packed with decadent details that [...]

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