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Bittersweet leaves of winter


Unassuming endive is a pale, cream-colored, torpedo-shaped thing that you’ll find with the lettuces, although it doesn’t look a lot like lettuce. Sort of underrated and overrated both, endive is a ...

December 16, 2010 12:18 PM | 0 0 comments | 278 278 recommendations | email to a friend
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Multi-culti holiday feast


If your family is anything like mine, there are people of all faiths and shapes sitting around the dinner table. Each of the winter holidays is so beautiful (and so delicious), I like to make every...

December 09, 2010 10:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 279 279 recommendations | email to a friend
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Talking Tony


Although I admire the talents of many of them, I’ve never been one to have crushes on movie stars or musicians. (Well, okay, there was Donny Osmond, but that doesn’t count.) Celebrities just seem f...

December 02, 2010 12:41 PM | 0 0 comments | 272 272 recommendations | email to a friend
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Holiday dinner 911


Hosting any major holiday meal can be a stressful proposition. You’ve got a house full of relatives, friends and relatives’ friends not necessarily from compatible demographics, making alcohol-fuel...

November 24, 2010 01:21 PM | 0 0 comments | 286 286 recommendations | email to a friend
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New York New York bagel bagel
‘The bagel [is] an unsweetened doughnut with rigor mortis.’ — Beatrice and Ira Freeman, “About Bagels,” The New York Times, May 22, 1960 The über-popular, ubiquitous bagel, now on every street corn...
November 18, 2010 11:48 AM | 0 0 comments | 279 279 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lidia Bastianich’s Italian Christmas


Lidia Bastianich’s earliest Christmases are distinguished by luxuries few, simple and sweet: juniper bushes, figs, bay leaves and a warm familial welcome at her grandparents’ home in Istria, a peni...

November 11, 2010 11:13 AM | 0 0 comments | 284 284 recommendations | email to a friend
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Good-hearted, good-tasting cheese


Cheese is the perfect food, unless you’re vegan or lactose-intolerant. Providing protein and pure pleasure, well-made cheeses also boast nuances of flavor — thanks to their own terroir and methods ...

November 04, 2010 02:06 PM | 0 0 comments | 274 274 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kitchen cookware


As terms like grass-fed, organic, locally grown, and sustainable become household words, eco-conscious cooks and manufacturers focus on the next frontier. After you get your pasture-raised chicken ...

October 28, 2010 01:31 PM | 0 0 comments | 276 276 recommendations | email to a friend
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For sake’s sake


There are few better ways to while away a Sunday afternoon than sipping good rice wine. Before I attended a sake tasting/food pairing seminar at Gomen-Kudasai at 215 Main Street in New Paltz the ot...

October 21, 2010 02:47 PM | 0 0 comments | 272 272 recommendations | email to a friend
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It’s harvest (café) time


Some places tell you what to order, like the International House of Pancakes. Rare is the restaurant that tells you what month to eat there — but the Harvest Café makes a strong case for October. T...

October 14, 2010 12:32 PM | 0 0 comments | 285 285 recommendations | email to a friend
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