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Red, White and Baby Blue!

Beaches, BBQs and booze.  That’s the typical agenda for celebrating our nation’s holiday over this long weekend.  But in all the hype, we often overlook that – for various reasons – not everyone gets to down several hot dogs and bottles of beer. This year my ability to eat and drink has been slightly curtailed.…

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Spicy “Creamed” Corn

At this point in the summer, gardens are overflowing with eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn and peppers.  It’s hard to come up with new recipes and figure out how what to do with all of summer’s bounty.  When seeking inspiration, I turn to recipes I’ve already made. Often an adjustment to the technique, such as…

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Cool As A Cucumber

It’s H-O-T and humid here in the Northeast.  And the last thing I want to do is turn on my oven.  Fortunately, I have access to a grill and can do most of my cooking outside under a shady cover of trees.  Though it’s tempting to grill just about everything, trying to grill cilantro, which…

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The New Nashville

From its humble days of meat and three’s and chain restaurants, Nashville exploded onto the food scene a few years ago with the widely acclaimed Catbird Seat in 2011, followed by Rolf and Daughters in 2012 and Husk a year later.  The previously under-the-radar “hot fried chicken” also became a national sensation.  Now it’s accessible…

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Spicing Up Your Ramps

For the food-obsessed and locavore crazed, spring means ramps, dandelion greens, wild chives, fiddlehead ferns, and eventually peas and morel mushrooms.  Because ramps, which have a short growing season, appear first, the hype around how to use this wild onion has reached insane proportions.  Ramps were in such demand that they cost as much as…

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Halong Bay and Hanoi

After much delay, here it is – my final post on Vietnam.  Of course, this means I should be planning another trip back.  But since there are so many places I’ve yet to visit, my next big adventure likely will be elsewhere (can you believe I don’t have a trip planned!).  For now, I’ll have…