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Thursday, July 6, 2006 02:39 pm

The toppings can vary, but good bread essential

I embarrassed my husband at a restaurant recently. It wasn’t the first time, and it probably won’t be the last. After the server described the appetizer special, I interrupted hi...
Thursday, July 6, 2006 11:55 pm

Summer is all about cocktails and here are a few favorites

Nine months of the year, I’m a wine drinker, with an occasional foray into Bourbon-Nightcap Land. But when sultry breezes, late sunsets, and humidity come to town, my beverage choices ...
Thursday, June 29, 2006 05:54 am

Try Vietnamese-style chicken thighs and never leave your Tiki hut

Modern-day calendar-keepers may tell us that summer begins with Memorial Day weekend, but if you’re an astronomical diehard you know it really didn’t kick off until June 21, when the sun w...
Thursday, June 29, 2006 12:21 am

There’s no dog like a Chicago dog

The menu board listed them as “Garbage Trucks,” which was a pretty fair description. The place was Abe’s, a dingy, grungy dive a few steps down from the street in the University of I...
Thursday, June 22, 2006 01:40 am

Don’t take America’s favorite vegetable for granted

Have you ever eaten new potatoes — potatoes with skins so thin they scrub off easily with a vegetable brush, with flesh so lusciously creamy, it’s almost decadent? You might be s...
Thursday, June 22, 2006 09:01 pm

Guess who’s a pain in the ass?

Cooks are a pain in the ass to cook for. I should know — I’m one of them. Friends tell me all the time that even the thought of cooking for me is intimidating, and I have ...
Thursday, June 15, 2006 12:21 am

So you think becoming a chef is easy?

It was 4:30 a.m. and pitch-black, and a nasty, chilly drizzle was falling as I pointed my car toward the CIA. I peered through the windshield, the monotonous rhythm of the wipers luring me b...
Thursday, June 15, 2006 12:28 am

Blame it on the potato

It really was my fault, but I blame it on the potato. Preparations for a Memorial Day get-together with friends were sailing along. I was embroiled in side-dish duty and dessert detai...
Thursday, June 8, 2006 02:39 pm

Some favorite places to eat outside in the capital city

Years ago the only places Americans ate outdoors were in back yards, picnic areas, fairgrounds, and campsites. To eat and drink at an outdoor cafe or restaurant, you had to cross an ocean. A...
Thursday, June 8, 2006 09:49 pm

Recipe for salmon steaks and a side of roasted broccoli

Every May, there’s a big homecoming in Alaska, and everyone and his mother in the lower 48 wants an invitation. From now until the kids go back to school, the cold waters of the Copper...


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