In Every Home a Good Story and Meal

When playwright Eugene O’Neill, the only American dramatist to ever win the Nobel Prize in literature, grew up in his family’s summer cottage in New London, he was fascinated with the history, the ghosts, the past that was etched so vividly throughout the seaside community

Monte Cristo Cottage

O’Neill walked its streets.

He listened to those who had lived there long before his live had become forever intertwined with New London.

He saw the good times.

And the bad.

He knew the good folks.

And the bad.

And he wrote them all down in his notebooks. He gave them life in his books, and they gave life to his stories.

He told a friend in 1912: “There isn’t a house here that doesn’t have a story. I’m going to write them someday … There is a character in every house in New London.”

His summer cottage, Monte Cristo, became the setting of O’Neill’s tragic “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” and his only comedy, “Ah, Wilderness.”

Cabrales Blue Cheese in Phyllo Cups with Dipping Sauce

From the Brie & Bleu, New London Connecticut

1 tablespoon of good olive oil

1/3 cup chopped shallots, or onions

½ cup crème cheese

2 ounces Cabrales, or your favorite blue cheese

Salt & Pepper to taste

¼ cup sweet sherry

¼ cup beef broth

¼ cup golden raisins

¼ cup cornstarch – dissolved in 1 teaspoon of cold water

1 package phyllo cups – pre-bake them for 2 minutes at 375 degrees

  1. Saute the shallots in the olive oil until silky.
  2. Remove from heat, and add both cheeses. Stir until melted.
  3. Add salt and pepper, and let cool.
  4. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the sherry, broth, and raisins over medium heat. Simmer till reduced by half – about 8 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cornstarch, and whisk until slightly thickened – 2 minutes.
  6. Fill the cups with the cheese mixture, and bake 5 minutes.
  7. Pour a bit of the sauce on each plate, and top with a cheese cup.






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