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Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:01 am
 Food and music top the list of things I’m passionate about. Several years ago I saw a southwest Louisiana band called the Red Stick Ramblers who played a mix of Cajun, Texas Swing and gypsy ja...
Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:01 am
 The heat of summer seems like an odd time to crank up the oven, but there’s never a better time for chewy, flavor-packed focaccia. This recipe was the gateway bread for me, introducing me to t...
Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:01 am

Bagna cauda brings back memories

 Once upon a time, in the early years of my life, before downloads and streaming, there were record clubs and book clubs. The now-defunct Columbia House Record Club gave me my first opportunity t...
Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:01 am
 Known by old-timers as “pie plant,” rhubarb is one of the first local produce offerings of the season. The ruby red stalks yield to a soft delicious pulp when baked or stewed and have a dist...
Thursday, May 16, 2019 12:01 am
 I jump on my bike and head to my neighborhood grocery store, a five-minute ride from my apartment. On the way I make a quick stop at Lang Bakery for a banh mi sandwich and a cup of Vietnamese ic...
Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:01 am
 The food industry is notoriously tough. Long, physically demanding hours, erratic schedules, temper tantrums and razor-thin margins are commonplace in kitchens the world over. It almost seems in...
Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:01 am
 Before garlic matures into the pungent dried bulb we buy at the grocery store, it spends its childhood as a delicate, lightly perfumed stalk known as green garlic or spring garlic. Garlic cloves...
Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:01 am
 A “country lawn.” That’s how my grandmother always describes the expanse of lush green grass behind my house. Like describing an apartment in a rental ad as a “charming and vintage” in...
Thursday, April 18, 2019 12:01 am
 When I announced that I would be getting remarried on April Fool’s Day and cooking the food for my own wedding reception, many people thought I was joking. In truth, I was just carrying on a f...
Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:01 am
For much of our modern gastronomic history, many of our beliefs about food were driven by what people were not supposed to eat. Foods take turns as the villain of the moment, and regular folks end up...


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