Posts by DM Magazine

Sicilian Swordfish

It was the most memorable lunch on a cruise ship in my three decades of lecturing on cruise ships. It was especially so because quite a few passengers took one look at what was being grilled in the open air and ran not-quite-screaming to the familiar indoor lunch buffet. Somehow, while the ship had been…

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Impromptu Holiday Apps

It’s that time of year when cooking, be it plain or fancy, is at its most meaningful, thanks to those you know are coming for a visit. Unless, of course, you don’t know their coming. With all our communication technology, it seems implausible that friends of family would turn up at your doorstep without so…

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Review: ‘Silent Night’

One hundred years ago today – at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month – what we know as World War I came to an end, with tens of millions of soldiers and civilians dead and the Old World of Europe in tatters. In his opera Silent Night, composer Kevin Puts…

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WNO’s ‘Silent Night’

On the night before Armistice Day – which, of course, gets swallowed up by Veterans Day in the United States – Washington National Opera presents an opera about one half-remembered moment during a war that ended with ringing church bells a full century ago this year. Yet if composer Kevin Puts has his way, and…

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The Glory of Goulash

If you stay in that beautiful capital on the Danube, Budapest, or wander from one remote corner of Hungary to the other, you won’t get a straight answer asking if goulash is really a soup or a stew. We’ve begun to suspect it is neither, or perhaps it is both. All we really know is…

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The Not-So-Big Bird

I have always been a very huge fan of a not very huge bird – the so-called rock Cornish game hen. I’m sure I will love eating the bird forever. But I must admit, I was disappointed to learn just how little of the name I grew up respecting isn’t something akin to a lie,…

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Bravo Bibimbap!

If I were a dish instead of a person, or even a dish named after a person or a person named after a dish, I’d really like my name to be Bibimbap. It sounds enough like “this and that” to make and keep a promise of the versatile, freeform wonders of Korea’s single most famous…

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Twice-Cooked Cookies

Showing every sign of good sense and more than a little good taste, the world has finally embraced the ancient Italian confection known simply as Twice Cooked. You might be wishing for a more romanticized, less workaday sort of name. Still, ever since the Roman legions discovered that these cookies retained their quality for days…

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Maine’s Favorite Roll

Though it would be hard to construct a scary new edition of “Jurassic Park” around them, lobsters look like prehistoric creatures to anyone paying the slightest attention. In fact, by definition, they are prehistoric – covering the shorelines of the New World when the first European settlers started arriving at the beginning of the 17th…

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Santorini’s Wine Tourism

Santorini is a small island on the southern edge of Greece’s Aegean Sea, small certainly if measured in square miles (less than 25) and arguably if measured by impact on world history. Yet thanks to one iconic wine grape and a dazzling origin story that might actually be true, this purple-black volcanic rock rising from…

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