Dining

Grapefruit: Born in the USA

2 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Grapefruit: Born in the USA
As American as apple pie—it’s a phrase that suggests a gingham tablecloth, a plate full of warm pastry cooling in an open window, a grandmotherly type bustling in a tidy kitchen. It’s the invocation of an idealized past. As we barrel toward the Fourth of July this year, let’s set the apple aside for a Read More

Even in the kitchen, women can’t win

5 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Even in the kitchen, women can’t win
Ladies, are you in the kitchen right now? Because if you’re putting any thought into what you’re cooking, you’re probably doing it wrong. Whether you’re making an egg in a custom-crafted egg spoon or drying out chicken skin with a cleverly repurposed hair dryer, society would like to point out that you’re using the wrong Read More

David Chang expects chefs to suffer for their art

6 months ago admin2 Comments Off on David Chang expects chefs to suffer for their art
When David Chang was growing up in the suburbs in Virginia, kids made fun of the way his family ate.  Friends who visited the Chang residence and caught a whiff of his mother’s kimchi would joke about the smell in school the next day. This, more than the renowned chef’s classic French culinary training, more Read More

A semiotician explains the stories told by wine labels

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on A semiotician explains the stories told by wine labels
Marketing professionals often consider packaging to be a product’s primary means of communication. It communicates explicit and implicit messages to the consumer, particularly through its visual aspect. In the wine sector, the importance of packaging is all the greater as marketers generally make little use of such media as TV, radio, and billboards, either because Read More

What’s on the menu for a proper British royal wedding?

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on What’s on the menu for a proper British royal wedding?
With an “engagement chicken” playing a central role in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement story, royal watchers want to know: What’s on the menu for the happy couple’s spring wedding? The wedding breakfast In keeping with royal wedding tradition, the newly married couple will be expected to host a wedding breakfast immediately following the Read More

Cave-fermented wine, Ksara, Lebanon

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Cave-fermented wine, Ksara, Lebanon
On a recent trip to Beirut, I ventured outside of the city to tour the Beqaa Valley. After exploring the largest Roman temple in the world, in Baalbek, we stopped at Château Ksara, Lebanon’s oldest winery, which was founded in 1857 by Jesuit priests. Then things got interesting: In the 1890s some local chickens went Read More

With Sriracha and wasabi, an Indian startup is giving the humble popcorn a gourmet makeover

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on With Sriracha and wasabi, an Indian startup is giving the humble popcorn a gourmet makeover
For most Indians, popcorn is a humble snack, readily available for as little as Rs10 ($0.2). Roadside vendors sell small bags of salted or masala flavoured versions, while almost every grocery store stocks instant and microwave popcorn with Indianised flavours that feature lots of chilli and spices. But for many years, it was almost impossible Read More

This easy-to-make Christmas cookie recipe will be your family’s favorite

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on This easy-to-make Christmas cookie recipe will be your family’s favorite
There are a number of important holiday cookie recipes in my family. I make Dorie Greenspan’s incomparable World Peace Cookies every year. My mom bakes jan hagels, a traditional Dutch cookie that is topped with walnuts and powdered sugar. My 90-plus-year-old grandmother still makes a multi-step, twisted candy cane cookie that requires two doughs, extensive Read More

Roast an “engagement chicken” like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Roast an “engagement chicken” like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Ina Garten, as always, was onto something when she reinvigorated the notion of Engagement Roast Chicken—a roasted chicken is the perfect home cooked meal for romance. When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got engaged in Nottingham Cottage, the prince’s no-more bachelor pad in Kensington Palace, they happened to be having a “cozy night” roasting a Read More

Behold, a Swedish cake that calls for a full cup of mashed potatoes

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Behold, a Swedish cake that calls for a full cup of mashed potatoes
How many plates of leftover microwaved mashed potatoes does a person really need to eat? Honestly, not that many—and there are better ways to use them, as extensively chronicled by the cooks of Food52. Food52/James Ransom You can’t taste the potatoes. “Potatoes are a baker’s secret weapon,” writes one Nashville-based pastry chef. “They add wonderful Read More