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BLT: Theory and Practice

July 23, 2014
By Ari
BLT: Theory and Practice

If it wasn’t for the tomatoes, the BLT sandwich could be a four-season delight. But the tomatoes that it contains must be fresh, which limits when the bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich is available. The BLT doesn’t just depend on the tomato. It serves as a stage on which to display it, a vehicle...

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Food for Free

July 23, 2014
By Ari
Food for Free

The voice on the phone gave me directions to a house in a residential neighborhood. The way she spoke made me feel vaguely like James Bond receiving an assignment from “M.” “The owners gave permission for the tree to be picked, but they don’t...

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Metal Health–or lack thereof

July 23, 2014
By Ari

Heavy metal pollution makes no distinction between how crops are grown. Supposedly clean agricultural practices like organic will offer no protection, if the likes of cadmium, arsenic, lead, nickel and mercury are in the soil or water. Human practices like mining and manufacturing are...

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The Soul Food of Wisconsin

July 23, 2014
By Ari
The Soul Food of Wisconsin

People from Wisconsin are generally a congenial, easygoing lot. Those Cheeseheads love their Green Bay Packers, their Friday Fish Fry’s, and their beer and bratwurst, and aren’t big on...

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American Phomance

July 23, 2014
By Ari
American Phomance

Pho, the Vietnamese beef noodle and herb soup, has charmed the world in recent decades. A simple meal that engages many senses, pho is Vietnamese comfort food. It will...

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Pea and Mutton Salad

July 23, 2014
By Ari
Pea and Mutton Salad

“We’re creamy,” said Luci Brieger, a vegetable farmer, when I asked how she and her family were doing. “We’re having a creamy summer.” She said this knowing I’d called...

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Eggs with Dregs

July 23, 2014
By Ari
Eggs with Dregs

There was a brief, glorious period in my life during which I thought I had invented a delicious breakfast dish that, it turns out, has long existed. Migas translates...

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Just don’t call them flowers

July 23, 2014
By Ari
Just don’t call them flowers

The term “scape” describes a structure that emerges from the tops of some garlic plants. Scapes are not flowers, but are often referred to as “garlic flowers,” and are...

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Mangoneada: a raging shakedown in your mouth

July 23, 2014
By Ari
Mangoneada: a raging shakedown in your mouth

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...

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Cheater’s Chicken Dinner

July 23, 2014
By Ari
Cheater’s Chicken Dinner

Cheaters never win, or so we’re taught. But I cheat at chicken all the time, and I never seem to lose. To cheat at chicken, buy a roasted chicken...

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Cioppino, from Liguria, via San Francisco

May 16, 2014
By Ari
Cioppino, from Liguria, via San Francisco

Cioppino is a seafood stew that originated in San Francisco, supposedly a creation of the Italian-born fishmonger Achille Paladini. It was originally a stew made with whatever fish was...

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The Bitterness Belongs

May 16, 2014
By Ari
The Bitterness Belongs

The bright glow of dandelions emerging in springtime is an important seasonal milestone for many creatures. For bees, the golden flowers are an important source of early season nourishment...

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Lawnicide

May 16, 2014
By Ari
Lawnicide

When Michelle Obama converted part of her lawn into a garden six years ago, she made it look easy. And lawn killing certainly can be easy, depending on your...

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The Toy Ecosystem

May 16, 2014
By Ari
The Toy Ecosystem

I used to garden as if I had something to prove, as if my garden was a measure my worth. I had clear production goals, and took it as...

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The wild and tame sides of asparagus

May 16, 2014
By Ari
The wild and tame sides of asparagus

In the title chapter to Stalking the Wild Asparagus, Euell Gibbons describes a fishing trip along the banks of the Rio Grande when he was 12 years old. On...

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