Brooks & Crowley July 2018

Review Brooks & Crowley

July 2018


439 Washington Street Dedham, MA 02026

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"The Saturday evenings are usually filled with the smell of grilling food and my whole family enjoying each other’s company."

One great thing about the Cape is that we can catch our own seafood. Hitting the beach and digging up a basket full of clams is a fun way to spend time outdoors, and nothing’s better than coming home and firing them up on the grill. One of my favorite dishes for a large crowd is grilled andouille sausage with shrimp, clams, mussels with fresh herbs, garlic, and lots of crusty bread. I stole the recipe from celebrity chef Bobby Flay, and I adapt it based on what’s on hand. It’s all made on the grill and served in a large bowl mixed together in a delicious broth. All the ingredients go together nicely, and the best thing is that it includes a little bit of everything. When I bring it out, my family will smell it, crane their necks, and jump in! The broth is so delicious that it’s easy to go through several loaves of bread if you’re not careful. I have a couple of picky eaters in my family, but that’s never been a problem on the Cape. I’ve never been picky about my food, but I do enjoy freshly grilled seafood more than anything. I’m lucky to have parents who are both excellent cooks, so it’s definitely floating around in my DNA. I hope my kids will eventually follow in my messy, outdoor, culinary footsteps and enjoy grilling as much as I do. Whether you’re planning to grill this summer or not, enjoy yourself and any family traditions you might have. Happy July, everyone! –Steven Brooks

FAMILY WEEKENDS FILLED WITH GRILLED SEAFOOD Weekends Near the Water With Great Food and Family

I’m usually the one on the grill, and it's one of my favorite things to do. I love to barbecue, especially when I can get my hands on fresh seafood. The Saturday evenings are usually filled with the smell of grilling food and my whole family enjoying each other’s company.

July and the summer means outdoor cooking for me. Every summer, my family goes to Cape Cod to spend nearly every weekend on the water. Typically, we have a group of at least 10 or 12, from grandparents to cousins. It's great to see each other, but it also gives us an excuse to have big cookouts. I look forward to them each year.


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This American Grub How Hot Dogs and Hamburgers Became National Treasures

If your plans for this Independence Day involve firing up the barbecue, you’ll probably be cooking two American classics: hot dogs and hamburgers. Come the Fourth of July, families will be grilling up burgers and dogs from sea to shining sea, but it wasn’t always this way. The story of how beef patties and sausages became culinary symbols of our nation will give you plenty of food for thought.

of the man who took the hot dog’s popularity to a national level: Nathan Handwerker.

“sandwiching” is lost to history. Once again, it was German immigrants who brought their recipes for “Hamburg steak” with them across the Atlantic, but reports vary as to who first sold the meat patty inside a bun. Multiple diners and fairgrounds across America claim to be the home of the first hamburger. All of these claims date to the turn of the 20th century, a time when our nation was faced with feeding a growing working class quickly and cheaply. By the 1950s, the burger had become a symbol of the American everyman. Both the hot dog and hamburger embody the history of our nation. Immigrant traditions merged with blue- collar needs to create two uniquely American foods. It’s fitting that we celebrate America’s birthday with the grub that has grown along with it.

A Jewish immigrant from Poland, Nathan sliced buns for a hot dog stand on Coney Island. After scraping together enough money, he quit his job and opened a stand of his own, undercutting his former employer’s prices by half. Not only did Nathan’s hot dogs outsell the competition, the Great Depression made them the perfect food for a nation suddenly living on a tight budget. By the 1930s, hot dogs had become so unquestionably American that Franklin Roosevelt famously served them to King George VI during his royal visit in 1939.

THE HOT DOG It was German immigrants who brought the “frankfurter”

and the “wienerwurst” to American soil in the 1800s. There is much debate over who first decided to

THE BURGER Like the hot dog, the exact origin of the beef patty’s eventual

place one of these franks in a bun, but by the opening of the 20th century, hot dog stands had popped up all over the Eastern Seaboard. We do know the identity

Personal Injury in an Auto Accident What You’ve Been Told Might Not Be True

Being in an accident can be a terrifying and stressful experience. You may be seriously injured, looking at steep medical bills on top of fixing your vehicle and claims, which can take time and are often confusing. Depending on the severity of the accident, claims can take anywhere from a few months to over a year to reach completion. That makes information regarding your accident vital for the claims process. Many people believe they can’t sue for injuries they received after the accident takes place, but that’s a fallacy. Some injuries, such as whiplash, have symptoms that can take several days to weeks to develop. Of course, you should not delay seeking treatment if you are not feeling well.

One of the most helpful steps you can take to aid your cause is to take pictures. Take pictures of the damage done to both cars, as well as the injuries you may have suffered from, such as bruising, cuts, etc. Another useful tool is to keep a journal. This way, you will have a day-to-day account of your injuries, when they occurred, and any inconveniences they may have caused you. By following these steps, you build a solid foundation to provide a comprehensive account of your injuries to a court and insurance company. People don’t need lawyers for every personal injury claim. Simpler claims can be handled by individuals involved in the accident, especially less serious claims. However, the claims process

is fraught with archaic rules and procedures. In order to ensure that you are not stepping into a trap set by the insurance company, you should at least consult with an attorney. Insurance companies have trained professionals looking out for the company’s interest. Insurance companies train their adjusters on the smaller value claims. The more seasoned an adjuster becomes, the larger the claims they handle. It just makes sense to have your best people working on the most expensive claims. This is why it is important to have trained legal representation on your side in significant claims. We understand the rules and the claims process. Let us know if you have questions regarding accidents by calling us at 781-277-7321.


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Lies You’ve Been Told Fiction That Holds Too Much Weight

Fallacies are fed to us on a daily basis, and some are more believable than others. Here are a few popular misconceptions. CRACKING YOUR KNUCKLES WILL CAUSE ARTHRITIS Studies show that there aren’t any dangers to cracking your knuckles, besides annoying someone with the noise. For a long time, many speculated that the cause of the cracking or popping noise was either the resetting of joints and tendons or the formation of fluid that lubricates the joints. Dr. Donald Unger was the first person to conduct an experiment with the hypothesis that cracking your knuckles doesn’t lead to arthritis. He cracked only the knuckles in his left hand for over 50 years. Later in life, both hands were arthritis-free. YOU EAT SPIDERS WHILE YOU SLEEP You may have heard this chilling myth before, but it's simply not true. Spiders are very sensitive

to vibrations — they won’t willingly approach a breathing or snoring human. It isn’t in our eight- legged friends’ nature to crawl into a person’s mouth.

YOU USE ONLY 10 PERCENT OF YOUR BRAIN Your brain is constantly in use. Every single

action you perform, including digestion, coughing, speaking, thinking, and breathing, are all carried out by processes in the brain. There are levels of consciousness that cause parts of your brain to be less active than others, but there isn’t one singular area that ceases to work for any long period of time. THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA IS VISIBLE FROM SPACE While the size of the Great Wall is truly spectacular, that doesn’t mean it can be seen from outer space. It’s not at all visible from the moon, and even from low orbit, it's difficult to spot the wall with an unaided eye. According to NASA, the theory was first shaken

by Yang Liwei, a Chinese astronaut, who said he was unable to see the Great Wall from space. Later, a camera with a 180 mm lens and a 400 mm lens captured the wall from a low orbit.

Prep: 55 minutes Cook: 35 minutes Total: 1 hour and 30 minutes Yield: 4 servings

Grilled Andouille Sausage With Shrimp, Clams, Mussels, and Garlic With Grilled French Bread

Note: I typically double or even triple this recipe based on the size of party.


2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

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4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 pound andouille sausage or smoked turkey sausage, cut into quarters with each quarter cut in half lengthwise

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, slightly softened Salt and freshly ground black pepper

8 sprigs fresh thyme

1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped, plus more for garnish 1 lemon, quartered and juiced

2 cups dry white wine

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Canola oil

1 loaf French bread

15 clams, scrubbed

1 pound large shrimp (21–24 size) peeled and deveined

15 mussels, scrubbed


5. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large stockpot on the grates of the grill or the side burner of the grill. Add garlic and cook until lightly golden brown. Stir in wine, clam juice, and thyme, bring to a boil, and cook until reduced by half. Add quartered lemon. Add clams and mussels, cover the pot, and cook until all have opened, discarding any that have not opened. Remove with a slotted spoon to a large bowl. Add the sausage and shrimp to the broth and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the butter and parsley and cook for another minute. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Return the clams and mussels to the pot and cook until just warmed through, about 1 minute. Serve in large bowls with the grilled bread. Garnish with more parsley.

1. Grill the bread until lightly golden brown on both sides, about 20 seconds per side. Remove from the grill and optionally butter on one side. Cut each slice in half while still hot. 2. Heat grill to high for sausage and shrimp. 3. Brush sausage with oil and grill until golden brown on both sides and just cooked through. Remove to a platter. 4. In a large bowl, toss shrimp with oil and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill until slightly charred on both sides and just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Remove to the platter with the sausage.

Adapted from Bobby Flay’s show “Grill It.”


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Inside This Issue


Cape Cod Fish and Grill

The History of Hot Dogs and Burgers


Getting the Best Results From Your Auto Injury Claim


Common Misconceptions

Grilled Andouille Sausage with Shrimp, Clams, Mussels, and Garlic with Grilled French Bread


Local Events

Having a Wonderful Summer Want to make the peak of Local Events in the Boston Area

FESTIVAL BETANCES: ANNIVERSARY EDITION For its 50th Anniversary, Festival Betances is coming back to Boston to celebrate New England’s Latino community. You won’t want to miss the traditional foods, music and dance performances, arts and crafts, parade, and so much more! The festival will go from July 21–22 at Villa Victoria Community of Boston’s South End. BARNSTABLE COUNTY FAIR Coming back this year is the Barnstable County Fair, running from July 23–29. The fair has a broad spectrum of activities and is perfect for all occasions, from a first date to a family night out. Host to good food, fun rides, music to enjoy, and animals to interact with, the fair is a perfect place for people looking to get out and enjoy their summer. SUNSET SIPS Visiting the zoo has never been more appealing! Now you can view, learn about, and interact with the animals living at the New England Zoo while enjoying a cash bar and great food. Sunset Sips will take place on Saturday, July 28 after Stone Zoo closes, from 6–8 p.m.

summer even more wonderful for you and your family? July is host to a number of interesting events that will make your summer exciting and fun for everyone. CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER Eager to help your community and sip on a cold craft beer or cider? Now you can! WGBH is holding a fundraiser dedicated to keeping the public media thriving. Tickets will be $55 for non-WGBH members and $45 for all members — all profits will be donated to support the public media. The Craft Beer Festival will take place Saturday, July 14, from 7–10 p.m. at the WGBH studios.

See what Boston has to offer, and make a wonderful summer for yourself!


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