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Hipstocracy

November 30, 2014
By Ari
Hipstocracy

The negative chatter directed toward hipsters has reached a fever pitch. Since I don’t live in Brooklyn, where most of the hipsters and their haters seem to reside, I’ve observed this dynamic from a safe distance. But some recent anti-hipster screeds that have appeared in high-profile publications like U.S. News and World Report and...

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Why, and how, to eat mussels

November 30, 2014
By Ari
Why, and how, to eat mussels

The lowly mussel is making a comeback lately, for many good reasons. Mussels are tasty, cheap, and virtually guilt free–an increasingly rare quality among animal proteins. The environmental consequences of meat eating are enough to give pause to most any carnivore with a conscience....

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The Borscht Ultimatum

November 30, 2014
By Ari
The Borscht Ultimatum

In the dining car at the very end of the train, techno music was pumping as the train rocked its way through the Siberian darkness. The car was half-full of cardboard boxes. At the foot of these boxes, two babes in bright red lipstick...

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Chile Verde vs the 5-second rule

November 30, 2014
By Ari
Chile Verde vs the 5-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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When wild game is on the menu

November 30, 2014
By Ari

When the foliage turns pretty and the frost hits the pumpkins, many a diner’s thoughts turn to meats like venison, wild boar and quail, and the rich, lusty dishes...

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Irony Alert: Artificial sweeteners makes you fat

November 30, 2014
By Ari

Evidence continues to accumulate that sugar is a sweet road to obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other maladies. As the dangers of sugar have unfolded there has been an increase...

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A rat that you want in the kitchen

November 30, 2014
By Ari
A rat that you want in the kitchen

Ratatouille, the rustic French stew, is an icon of late summer and autumn. A simple mix of tomatoes, eggplant, and summer squash prepared with herbs, garlic, onion and other...

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The Mesoamerican Trinity

November 30, 2014
By Ari
The Mesoamerican Trinity

The word calabacitas means “little squashes” in Spanish. It’s also plural for summer squash in general, a broad category of edible-skinned squash that includes zucchinis, crooknecks, flying saucer-like patty...

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To carb or not to carb

November 30, 2014
By Ari

If you haven’t played around with some kind of low-carbohydrate diet by now, you’ve probably heard about it from someone who has. And many of them probably say the...

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Enough Garlic

November 13, 2014
By Ari
Enough Garlic

Sowing garlic in your garden means that you will always have something growing. It’s planted in autumn, when the rest of the garden is about done. The cloves send...

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Tomato Juice Tabouli

November 13, 2014
By Ari
Tomato Juice Tabouli

This time of year, with parsley, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions all in season, my thoughts inevitably turn to tabouli, the Old World parsley salad. It’s a dish with rich...

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Minding your Table Manners

November 13, 2014
By Ari

Amy Alkon (aka The Advice Goddess) writes a nationally syndicated advice column and is the author of the new book, Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes say F*ck...

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Pickled Pepper Ology

November 13, 2014
By Ari
Pickled Pepper Ology

In a perfect world, there would be a jar of pickled peppers on every table. If there were, the food on those tables would taste better. In order to...

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Sun Tea, or not Sun Tea?

November 13, 2014
By Ari

Summer and iced tea were made for one another. Each needs the other in order to provide maximum enjoyment to the person lucky enough to reside at the intersection...

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Fall Planting

November 13, 2014
By Ari

A midsummer sowing If you’ve been a diligent gardener this year, chances are the rewards are starting to add up. With a big, juicy garden finally in cruise mode,...

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