My New Gig

September 20, 2017

I still read the local newspaper. Daily. Cover to cover. Well, I scan the sports section for items of interest and for enough info to be dangerous (or to be able to fill in a sports-related crossword clue). As a foodie I always looked forward to the Wednesday food pages, and for many years a local woman edited them and added her own articles, which kept her readers abreast of food-related happenings and even local food trivia. She departed and the paper began to use the common content pool of food articles available to Gatehouse Media, owner of the Standard Times and newspapers in 555 markets in 33 states. And every Wednesday there was an article by a southern woman with no ties to the area, mostly using ingredients favored by southern cooks. So one day not long ago I wrote a letter to the editor asking when New Bedford had drifted south of the Mason-Dixon line. And I offered to write local food articles in the same format – a recollection, a food topic and a recipe. Considering the amount of mail they receive I really didn’t expect to get a reply, but in the spirit of be-careful-what-you-wish-for-as-you-may-get-what-you-want the managing editor contacted me almost immediately and said, “Yes!”

It took a few weeks to get a meeting together, but they are currently in possession of my first few articles, which you might be able to see online on Wednesdays at www.southcoasttoday.com/lifestyle/food starting today, September 20th. Actually, today’s post is on fresh figs, and it’s direct link is here: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20170920/deborah-dishes-delight-of-fresh-figs. Some will appear here in my blog, and some may be just for the paper, which may become part of Gatehouse’s common content and show up in other parts of the country.

Then somebody from another region can ask their editor why the heck they’re running all these damned Yankee food articles…

Deborah

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Kate Ertz-Berger September 20, 2017 at 8:16 am

Congratulations. What a good fit.

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Dianna Holman September 20, 2017 at 8:21 am

Congrats!

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Octavia September 20, 2017 at 8:34 am

Oh wow! This is so wonderful. Did you do those fabulous photos too? (Love that “New Bedford Women held without bail in stabbing death” comes up next to your luscious fig recipe…welcome to real life reporting…Thank goodness cooking is always there to escape to.) Many congratulations on landing this – a job you created!

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Deborah September 20, 2017 at 8:44 am

Yes, the photos are mine… I envy you having a photographer!
D. xx

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Octavia September 20, 2017 at 2:38 pm

I am indeed very lucky to have a Staff Photographer. (and Videographer.) But your food photos have always been great.

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Barbara Greene September 20, 2017 at 9:02 am

Dear Deb,
How exciting for you and for everyone who reads your column. I will
never get used to Southern Cooking. I miss our Boston restaurants every
day. I have enjoyed reading your delightful blogs with recipes. The paper
is most fortunate to have recognized what a gift you will be for them.

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Deborah September 20, 2017 at 11:08 am

Thank you, my dear! Miss you.
D.

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Melon September 20, 2017 at 9:03 am

Holy Catfish! Congrats! Please no horse on the menu.

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Deborah September 20, 2017 at 11:09 am

Wouldn’t think of it. 😉
D.

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Gretchen Hubert September 20, 2017 at 9:16 am

Awesome! Well deserved! Congratulations!!!

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Deborah September 20, 2017 at 11:10 am

Thank you, Gretchen!
D.

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michelle September 20, 2017 at 9:36 am

awesome! only you Deb – always a perfect fit! good luck!

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Deborah September 20, 2017 at 11:10 am

Awww. Thanks, Michelle!
D.

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Linda Beazley September 20, 2017 at 10:47 am

Deb, Congratulations, This is right “IN YOUR KITCHEN” for sure. It’s exciting!
Linda B.

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Deborah September 20, 2017 at 11:09 am

Thanks, Linda!

D.

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Phillip Lacey September 20, 2017 at 1:36 pm

Hi Deb,
congratulations. What a perfect fit. They are going to love you.

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Deborah September 20, 2017 at 3:03 pm

Thanks, Phil! Hi to your mom!
D.

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Ellen Vargas September 20, 2017 at 5:32 pm

So cool – congrats!

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Dottie Beazley September 20, 2017 at 10:28 pm

How wonderful,Deb! We’re so proud of you! Looking forward to checking your website.

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Erik Henry September 21, 2017 at 9:48 am

This is just great, Deb! I’m looking forward to reading your stuff. Especially since all I get is south of the Mason Dixon.

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Connie September 21, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Don’t forget the Cape and all the great seafood recipes! Hope you have pictures of the clamboil, one of the traditions.

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Anne Girard September 21, 2017 at 12:23 pm

Congratulations! The wider world needs to read your always entertaining and informative words. And your pictures always make me start to feel a little peckish. Well done, Cousin.

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Ursula September 21, 2017 at 6:45 pm

Congrats, Deb! This is great, and the paper is lucky to have you! You’ve always been a great writer with a warm and wonderful literary voice. We all know how gifted and creative you are in the kitchen too. I am looking forward to reading all of your columns. Way to go, Deb! So proud of you!

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Joanna M. Weeks September 29, 2017 at 9:03 am

I’m that “local woman” who was the food editor for so long, and I am very happy to see a local voice back on the page. (Like you, I don’t really care for Prudence, the Southerner.) Best of luck!

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Deborah October 2, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Thank you, Joanna! I have always been a big fan of yours. I hope you’re well and enjoying whatever came next.

D.

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