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How, and how not, to bargain at the farmers market

August 24, 2015
By Ari
How, and how not, to bargain at the farmers market

It’s good to be able to drive a hard bargain. When buying a used snowboard on Ebay, for example, or attempting to stay out of a corrupt policeman’s car in some foreign city, with only $50 in your pocket. On such occasions, one should negotiate with all of the cunning one can muster. But...

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Ratatouille, goddess of the garden

August 24, 2015
By Ari
Ratatouille, goddess of the garden

Ratatouille. It rolls off the tongue like “Aphrodite.” It tastes like the earth, but in a non-dirty way. The peasant casserole from France is a chunky distillation of the late summer garden and all of its sweet, coarse, pungency.  A stewed mix of tomatoes,...

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Mangoneada: the Mexican cure for summer

August 7, 2015
By Ari
Mangoneada: the Mexican cure for summer

On paper, a mangoneada has no business tasting this good. There are too many big personalities involved, too many loud notes of sour, salty, sweet, and heat. It’s too crazy a combination to work. But it does, because unlikely as it may seem, these...

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Chile Verde vs the five second rule

August 7, 2015
By Ari
Chile Verde vs the five second rule

Pity the tomatillo, one of the most ignored and misunderstood of all produce items. When I see them at the farmers market, languishing in the stalls of growers who...

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Cháo-ing down

July 23, 2015
By Ari
Cháo-ing down

Nearly every Asian language includes a word for a certain rice-based gruel that’s ubiquitous across the world’s largest continent, found virtually anywhere rice is grown. The dish often goes...

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Redundant Protein Salad

July 23, 2015
By Ari
Redundant Protein Salad

A salad can be many things, from a leafy vegan fiber-fest, to almost anything that contains raw vegetables. The romaine and dandelion-based salad I’m about to show you, in...

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Nutrition scientists on the take from Big Food

July 23, 2015
By Ari

According to a new report, many scientific studies about nutrition, as well as the trusted experts who disseminate this information to the public, are being funded by the very...

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Something to do with spinach

July 23, 2015
By Ari
Something to do with spinach

When the airborne fluff of cottonwood flowers floats on the sweet breeze of my hometown, it’s my cue that the summer solstice is near, which means the spring crop...

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Sprouted, dehydrated almonds, ftw

July 23, 2015
By Ari
Sprouted, dehydrated almonds, ftw

Anyone following California’s deepening water crisis has heard about the state’s thirsty agriculture industry, which uses 80 percent of the state’s water. And they’ve probably had a crash course...

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Getting Jigae with it

July 23, 2015
By Ari
Getting Jigae with it

It isn’t true what they say about everything staying in Las Vegas. I returned from there with a taste of some special Korean knowledge about tofu, and a craving...

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Keep COOL, lose the mystery meat

July 23, 2015
By Ari

A recent move by the World Trade Organization (WTO) threatens to put more mystery in your meat, while undermining our national sovereignty. On May 18 the WTO ruled that...

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Pork and Bean theory

July 23, 2015
By Ari
Pork and Bean theory

Anywhere in the world that beans are cooked, beans are cooked with pork. There are classic dishes with fancy names for this combination, like Brazilian feijoada and French cassoulet....

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The Restaurant Critics’ Blues

July 23, 2015
By Ari

In a few weeks I will write my final restaurant review for Weekly Alibi in Albuquerque, and head home to Montana. I’ll miss restaurant criticism, but will also feel...

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Hellmann’s called. It wants its mojo back

May 12, 2015
By Ari
Hellmann’s called. It wants its mojo back

Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise was smeared across the news last fall, thanks to a lawsuit filed by its parent company, Unilever, against fledgling vegan “mayo” purveyor Hampton Creek. The case...

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The Marco Polo exception to Locavory

May 12, 2015
By Ari
The Marco Polo exception to Locavory

The question of how far food should travel between where it is produced and where it is consumed has become a frequent matter of passionate debate. The popular rule...

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