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OmegaOil: nutrient-rich blended oils in New England by way of California 
By Jillian Bernardini - Feb 17, 2016 - 10:04 AM
Growing up in an Italian household, my family is quite particular about their olive oils. Only from Italy, in the large tins, extra-virgin, and with a true date of harvest authenticating it’s freshness. Now, it can be intimidating to find a brand or maker that verifies it’s origins, where the olives are from, or even if it is crafted from 100% olives! Avoiding the traditional, big company names like Bertolli or eve...

Jill Eats: Seafood in New England 
By Jillian Bernardini - Jan 21, 2016 - 10:05 AM
People often talk about sense of place when cooking. Whether it involves seasonality, buying local, or embodying a regional culinary style, food and place will always be a constant pair. Six years of living in Boston, I have fallen for seafood. It might be easy for me to say because I work in a seafood restaurant, Boston is a harbor city with the freshest local fish and shellfish around, and I can confidently admit 90% of the ...

What I’ve been up to: Craving Boston, WGBH 
By Jillian Bernardini - Jan 19, 2016 - 10:45 AM
I promise all of you the last year hasn’t been filled with 100% mundanity, apparently that is a word! Besides planning the marriage of my life and reciting the most personal vows to my soulmate, I’ve been doing lots of recipe testing. My newest project as a freelance writer is Craving Boston, courtesy of the masterminds behind WGBH. Almost six months and counting, it has been a true honor to be a part of something ...

2015: A Year of New Happenings, and JillEats in 2016! 
By Jillian Bernardini - Jan 11, 2016 - 10:59 AM
It’s overwhelming to think about how much can happen in a year. A beautiful, amazing, delicious, adventurous, nuptial-driven year of life-changing events and experiences. As I dust away the cobwebs, recharge the muscle memory of posting my personal thoughts to everyone, I couldn’t be happier to be back. You know how it goes. You write in your planner every other day, every week, “Okay, I’m going to get ...

On The Road: Portland, Maine 
By Jillian Bernardini - Jan 20, 2015 - 12:10 PM
Early December during dusk, a dusting of snow, and frigid temperatures surrounded us as we stepped onto the streets of Portland. An initial interpretation of this tiny town garnered phrases like, “Who lives here?” “This is so adorable!” “It’s so far away from everything else.” Never judge a book by its cover, as Portland is full of delicious small eateries, quirky shops, and beautiful bakeries. Please ensure that...

Happy 2015! 
By Jillian Bernardini - Jan 07, 2015 - 12:00 PM
2014, you were great. I got engaged to my best friend and love of my life, a mini promotion at work, spent more quality time with family, and baked+cooked+churned+chopped tons of ingredients and recipes that were overall delicious. I’m a pretty positive person, and if you know me well [or even not so much], rarely do I convey sadness. Reflecting on the last year makes me smile, but also desirious for what this new year c...

A Tour of Sky8 Shrimp Farm, LLC: Engineering sustainability in Stoughton, MA. 
By Jillian Bernardini - Nov 20, 2014 - 10:48 AM
“Even someone with a Ph.D.…no one knows everything!” says James Tran in a hopeful, light-hearted tone during the beginning of our Culinary Guild tour Friday morning. Tran, a 39-year-old native of Vietnam, has spent the last two years in endless trial and error scenarios attempting the first shrimp farm in Massachusetts. Mainly a three-person team, along with frequent consultants and some investors, Tran combined his engi...

Lately… 
By Jillian Bernardini - Nov 03, 2014 - 12:03 PM
Okay, did anyone else wake up this morning, a bit disoriented from the sun shining so brightly, and think it was around 10AM….but it was only 6:30 in the morning? I’m assuming this Daylight Savings scenario is going to throw me off a bit the next few days. Especially because it brought with it a chilling mixture of snow and rain that makes me miss those sparsely visited beach days of summer. However, I am happy wit...

Homemade pizza: tricks & tips 
By Jillian Bernardini - Sep 19, 2014 - 04:35 PM
The other day, I made some pizza dough. The following day, I made a pizza. That evening, we ate the pizza! This isn’t necessarily a grammar lesson, but a few ideas and inspiration for crafting a yeast-raised seasoned ball of flour and topping it with cheese and sauce…will make it lots of fun for you to try! It can get a bit sticky, dry, hole-laden, and all of the above. The dough is communicating with you, and you ...

Lately…and tomatoes. 
By Jillian Bernardini - Sep 10, 2014 - 08:26 AM
Oh, hello blog, how are you? One should never feel like a stranger when approaching their blog portal to write some tidbits. Yikes, that’s an eery feeling! So is this crisp, 60 degree breeze gently seeping itself into my apartment this morning. We blink, and there goes summer. Thankfully, there are still bounties of tomatoes, peaches, peppers, and corn at the farmer’s market! It certainly helps us all ease into the...

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