Thursday Tidbits

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Emma Jacobs

Legal Sea Foods is turning 60. Roger Berkowitz, who started working in the family fish market at the age of 10, talks with Greater Boston’s Emily Rooney here.

Wrong city. Good eats. Good radio. Chicago Public Radio’s Eight-Forty-Eight’s Soundbites series reports on the sounds coming out of seven Chicago restaurants.

In other food news, Amanda Bensen of Food & Think met a  new vegetable: fennel. She offers suggestions on fennel soups, salads and dessert. How’s that for versatile?

Reports suggest that the USDA may lift its ban on haggis. Made from the simmered, internal organs of sheep, haggis has been outlawed since the mad cow scare of the 1980s-1990s because of fears it carried a related pathogen. Scottish-Americans are relieved, including Margaret Frost of Ohio, who told the Guardian: “We have had to put up with the U.S. version, which is made from beef and is bloody awful.”

Locally, the Boston Licensing Board considers the beer and wine license for Wee Angel today, in what could become the city’s first Scottish pub, complete with haggis-inspired grub. If you’d rather try out this, um, delicacy at home, the Food Network’s Alton Brown has a recipe.

Didn’t get your flu shot? The Boston Globe is offering recipes for chicken soup, also called Jewish penicillin, to make yourself. Marjorie Druker of Newton cooked Paul Brophy chicken soup. They got married, and started the New England Soup Factory. Chicken soup apparently works marvels. Their avgolemono, a Greek egg-lemon soup, looks particularly promising.

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Associate Producer, Here & Now Most recently, Jessica worked as an associate producer at WBUR's daily local program, Radio Boston. Jessica moved to Boston in 2008 and has lived many places since leaving her native Texas. After graduating from college, Jessica worked as a federal employee, documentary film festival producer, oral historian, university teaching assistant, traveling saleswoman and klezmer musician. Her work and projects have appeared in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Bust, Barnard Magazine, National Public Radio, Public Radio International (PRI), and the BBC. Jessica's freelance radio work has received various awards including accolades from the Religion Newswriters Association and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. As a Fulbright Scholar in El Salvador, Jessica collected and studied oral histories from the Jewish Community based in San Salvador. Jessica received her B.A. in political science from Columbia University’s Barnard College and her M.A. in history from Indiana University. She learned how to make radio from the phenomenal folks at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Jessica lives in Somerville with her husband, twin son and daughter, and two cats. To learn more about Jessica’s projects, both current and past, please visit