Food

Edible Holiday Gifting

Just try doing what we did. Try gathering internet advice on making homemade food gifts this holiday season. Everybody and his Aunt Lucy has recipes – oh yes, plenty of recipes. And online these almost always take the form of a “slideshow” you have to click through, invariably with some silly number that somebody decided…

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Beet Generation

There were beets hanging in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, as well as being cultivated for both love and money in ancient Greece and Rome. The difference was: those cultures were growing beets to eat the greens sprouting from the top of the root. It was a very long time and far away, the 1500s…

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Cajun Country Corn

The new settlers foundered initially, failing to recognize or locate enough of anything good to eat. Finally, as much out of desperation as brotherly love, they asked the native Americans who’d lived off this land a lot longer. And they, known as ”Indians” since the geographically challenged Columbus called them such, pointed them to the…

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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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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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