A few weeks ago, we received a pitch promoting particular wines for International Châteauneuf du Pape day, held on the third Friday in September (today). It inspired us to write about the wine, one of our favorite reds. Châteauneuf-du-Pape (pronounced pop) isn’t a wine common to American wine lists these days. It’s pretty pricey, with […]

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Chef Jamie Oliver calls the recipe below a picnic pie, because it’s so easy to transport and serve at picnics or other outdoor events. Picnic season may be just past, but this recipe uses ingredients that are available year-round. With the popularity of chicken pot pie in the U.S.,   POT PIE HISTORY Meat “pie” […]

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September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day. That typically means a slice of supermarket American, cheddar or Swiss cheese: The same old, same old. How about some better cheese, for a change? Murray’s, a New York City cheese and specialty food store, has a separate restaurant that has fine cheeses in every course. If this is […]

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[1] A classic apple dumpling, decorated with pastry scraps to look like an apple. Here’s the recipe from Martha Stewart. [2] Add some ice cream, pan sauce or caramel sauce, and maybe some toasted pecans. Here’s the recipe from Jo Cooks). [3] Apple dumplings as rugelach. Rugelach was rolled with a filling, but not apple. […]

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When chefs create a recipe, they include elements of salt, acid, fat and heat (and sometimes, a pinch of sweetness). It’s all about flavor: Salt enhances flavor; acid balances flavor; fat delivers flavor and mouthfeel; and heat (pepper, chiles, etc.) is a counterpoint. But what about texture? Good recipes take time to add texture as […]

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[1] Ants On A log have friends: like these caterpillars and snails on a log (photo courtesy Woman’s Day: photo Steve Giralt; prop stylist: Megan Hedgpeth; food styling: WD Food Dept). [2] Hummus logs, with either celery, fennel or cucumber logs (photo courtesy Cava). [3] Classic Ants On A Log, given a classy treatment: angled […]

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[1] Check out the marbling on this grass-fed beef (all photos courtesy PRE). [2] How about a stir-fry? [3] A ribeye steak. [4] Filet mignon salad (here’s the recipe).   We don’t eat a lot of beef because we don’t like cleaning up after it. But when we befriended new neighbors, serious carnivores, we received […]

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[1] Murasaki sweet potatoes from Japan, a variety now grown in California (you can buy seeds from Burpee). [2] Murasaki oven fries with wasabi aïoli. Here’s the recipe from Bonjon Gourmet.   “As sweet as sugar.” That’s what we thought when we first tasted murasaki sweet potatoes. The next day we ran out to buy […]

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