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Shades of Creamy

June 29, 2016
By Ari
Shades of Creamy

  In summer, one could do worse than to eat like a vegetable farmer. While veggies are often labor intensive, famers have ways of preparing them quickly, because they have less time on their hands than you do. After years of exposure to their produce, growers have found the most efficient ways of preparing...

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Garlic New Years

June 29, 2016
By Ari
Garlic New Years

In garlic patches across the northern Hemisphere, the scapes are up. This means garlic growers can enjoy the first tangible reward of their labors. Non-growers can enjoy scapes too, if they frequent farmer’s markets or other places where fine produce is sold. Scapes are...

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How to feed apples to kids

June 29, 2016
By Ari

Apples have a kid problem. Considered one of the healthiest of fruits, they are cumbersome for children to eat. They are big and heavy. They scrape and bruise their little kid gums, and get their faces and hands all messy. Attempts to feed apples...

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Rebranding Kohlrabi

June 29, 2016
By Ari
Rebranding Kohlrabi

  If you even know what kohlrabi is, chances are you’re German. You could be a spelling bee champ, but that would only mean you know how to spell...

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Greens Genes

June 29, 2016
By Ari

Different diets work for different people. That is one of the primary takeaways from a fascinating new study at Cornell University, which showed how human genetics customize to specific...

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The Morel is the Story

June 29, 2016
By Ari
The Morel is the Story

  Morel mushrooms are the stuff of legend and fantasy. Scattered upon the ground, they look like a little tribe of forest gnomes with magical powers, like beings from...

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Purple Rainbow

June 29, 2016
By Ari
Purple Rainbow

I hope that Prince had a chance to notice the rise of purple foods in the final years of his life. Given his dedication to the color, as well...

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The ups and downs of loving thy herring

June 29, 2016
By Ari
The ups and downs of loving thy herring

When I was a small fry, vacationing at the Youth Hostel on Martha’s Vineyard, my family spent an afternoon paddling up Herring Run Creek. When we reached shallow water...

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The Application of Chile

June 29, 2016
By Ari
The Application of Chile

The Spanish word “enchilar” means to apply chile to something. The verb’s most famous form, enchiladas, has come to refer to a pile of tortillas and cheese to which...

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Mother of Grano Duro

June 29, 2016
By Ari
Mother of Grano Duro

At a fancy restaurant in Rome, recently, I found myself debating the existence of Kamut pasta with Maureen Fant, an authority on the subject. I was not winning.  ...

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How I became an olive oil expert

June 29, 2016
By Ari
How I became an olive oil expert

Umbria, Italy. A few weeks ago, in an olive grove in Spoleto, six food writers and their chaperones stretched their legs. We were headed to Perugia for a tasting...

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The vegan myth

June 29, 2016
By Ari

The case against eating meat has been gaining traction in recent years, for numerous reasons. Livestock production is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the...

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The Borscht Ultimatum

June 29, 2016
By Ari
The Borscht Ultimatum

The borscht runs strong in my family. My Ukrainian ancestors spoke Yiddish, from which the word “borscht” is derived, even if the Russians take credit for it. I learned...

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Get your bug on, without bugging out

June 29, 2016
By Ari
Get your bug on, without bugging out

The next time you consider complaining to your waiter about a fly in your soup, consider the futility of that exercise. Insects are everywhere, and there is no way...

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Drinkable condiments

June 29, 2016
By Ari
Drinkable condiments

Thanks to the impact that coffee and wine have on my taste buds, breakfast turns me into a speed freak. Steak, meanwhile, converts me into a temporary alcoholic –...

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