Posts by DM Magazine

Huevos for the Holidays

I never really loved eggs very much, raised in a world in which they came only with bacon and, if I was lucky, buttered grits – until I found my way to Mexican egg dishes. Now, from huevos rancheros to the colorfully named huevos divorciados, from migas to breakfast tacos, I’m finally in love with…

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Sweet Potatoes vs. Yams

I’ve always been blasé about seet potatoes, during the holidays or any other time. The straightforward version my parents served probably took their best shot with their browned, softened marshmallows on top, which invariably brought back happy memories of toasting marshmallows with friends and family over an outdoor fire. Friends and family – that’s what…

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Post-Turkey Day Taco Salad

If you love so-called taco salads or taco bowls – essentially a taco that’s turned upside down, or might it be inside out? – you owe a special debt of gratitude to a restaurant rather ridiculously named Casa de Fritos. In 1955. At Disneyland. Yes, the iconic theme park created by Uncle Walt was home…

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Leguizamo’s Latin History

The National Theater in the nation’s capital is located on Pennsylvania Avenue – as is Donald Trump’s White House. Still, during John Leguizamo’s three Washington performances of Latin History for Morons, there the similarity ends. Far more than an attack on Trump’s benighted “Build the Wall” immigration policies, however, Leguizamo’s play fresh from a Tony-nominated…

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The Venice of Our Dreams

The first time I saw Venice and walked across its flooded Piazza San Marco on makeshift wooden scaffolding was in the icy winter of 1974. The sea the Venetians ruled for centuries had triumphed the night before, a seemingly eternal curse that sounds benign by its official name “high water” – acqua alta – but…

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Whose Side Are You On?

If you’re looking for the birthplace of one all-American Thanksgiving food tradition, you might end up looking far beyond those Plymouth Rock-Pilgrims to Larsa, a city that happens to be in modern-day Iraq. You can gaze with curiosity and wonder at a 3,700-year-old clay tablet that contains not the famous Ten Commandments of Moses but…

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A Gratin with Gratitude

Another Thanksgiving is almost here, another feast built around all or most of our favorite flavors from the past. But if you’re looking for one more over-the-top vegetable dish for your Thanksgiving table, you might sample something new this year that’s actually almost as old to the French as Pilgrims and native Americans are to…

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‘Amadeus’ for the Ages

The late British playwright Peter Shaffer was blessed with two of the most unlikely gifts: creating dazzling intellectual puzzles with more than one satisfying solution, and turning out scripts that delighted multitudes, became hit films and made him a wealthy man. His two best-known works for the stage, Equus and Amadeus, were renowned for the…

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The Season of Cranberries

What is the only berry you can think of that was enjoyed by native Americans 12,000 years ago, first commercially grown on Cape Cod by a veteran of the Revolutionary War, is typically harvested underwater, is eventually turned into a jelly-jiggling log that plops from a can, and is a safe expectation on any and…

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Less Trick, More Treat to Eat

If you don’t like eating eyeballs, then you have no business searching the internet for Halloween foods. That’s my takeaway, at least, from trying to do so myself. Recipe after recipe featured some bright orb or other, edible at least in theory, painted to resemble those things that let us see. Literally and figuratively, it…

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