TGIF, TSSM! As July is coming to a close, we look back at how great this summer has been and look forward to what is to come next month. This weekend, enjoy the local treasures, stop by the Farmers Markets, embrace the weather, and get ready for August!
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For Officer Chesna
There will be two events this weekend to honor the fallen Officer Michael Chesna. On Saturday, Family Fun and Movie night at Forge Pond Park. Head over to the drive-in movie! On Sunday, Pony Rides and more!
Ragtime The Musical will be playing for the next couple of weeks after tonight’s debut! The Company Theatre of Norwell is putting on this production to celebrate their 40th Anniversary! Learn more here.
Love cars? The Quirk Cars roundup is this Sunday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds. There will be cars from all eras, food, music, and more!
World’s End Full Moon Hike! See the great outdoors under the light of the moon on a 1.5 mile hike. Don’t forget your flashlight!
The weekly farmer’s markets are in Braintree, Hingham and now Hull as well! Head over to pick up some fresh food while meeting local artisans and vendors. Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of local fish and fruit.
Star Party at the Scituate Lighthouse. BYOT (Bring your own telescope) or borrow one from the local library. Starting at sunset, watch the stars with the South Shore Astronomical Society.
More Local Activities
Hull Illumination is this weekend! This super cool event happens once a year, don’t miss it! Celebrate midsummer by setting the lanterns into the harbor.
Where we live, history is everywhere! The Bradford House and the King Caesar House are open for house tours throughout the summer months. Teach your little ones the importance of history by seeing where these families lived and playing hands-on activities with the little ones!
Have you stopped by the Hangout at Union Point? They offer a variety of classes with local experts. On the calendar this week, Workshop x Bracelet Bash! Reserve your spot here.
Barefoot Contessa Recipe – Baked Mac & Cheese
Why we love this hearty recipe
Although we prefer to veer on the healthy side of things, this recipe is a classic. Growing up, my mom always went sans-tomatoes but it is up to you! As we got older, we started calling it the Boujee Mac & Cheese because it is just that. As Ina recommends, get the best ingredients! This is great fresh or left over. Let us know what you think!
1 pound elbow macaroni or cavatappi
1 quart milk
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
12 ounces Gruyere, grated (4 cups)
8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 pound fresh tomatoes (4 small)
1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.
Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don’t boil it. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large (4-quart) pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir well. Pour into a 3-quart baking dish.
Slice the tomatoes and arrange on top. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine them with the fresh bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.
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