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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. Cows fart and burp methane, which is 25 times more...

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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 sat at a table playing cards and smoking. They didn’t...

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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 would otherwise be on their way home were it not for their tomatillos, I’m reminded of the last kid to get picked for a kickball...

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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 in which they appear. Perhaps it’s the smell of turning leaves, or the chill in the air, or the fact that it’s hunting season, but...

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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 in the production and consumption of sugar substitutes, five of which are currently FDA-approved. A recent study published in Nature adds to a growing set...

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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 veggies, ratatouille is the kind of bucolic dish that put French cuisine on the map. But unlike a lot of French dishes that went uptown,...

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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 pans, and various round varieties, and come in hues of green, yellow and grey. Calabacitas is also the name of a Mexican dish that combines...

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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 same thing: it’s so easy to lose weight this way. Such anecdotal reports found support in a study published this September in theAnnals of Internal...

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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 out roots, but don’t sprout, and patiently brood through the winter before making their moves in spring. The shoots are a foot tall when the...

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