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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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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 history across the Middle East and Mediterranean regions, from Lebanon to Israel to the Caucuses. There are wells of deep regional knowledge and traditions regarding...

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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 (St. Martin’s Griffin)(http://amzn.to/1fFtWFy). The book has a chapter called “Eating, Drinking, Socializing,” with some interesting advice on food-related manners. I spoke with Alkon by phone...

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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 understand the importance of pickled peppers, one must understand co-munching, which is the act of eating more than one item in the same mouthful. The...

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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 of cold drink and hot air. Iced tea makes summer better. And without summer, iced tea could not possibly be as good. Iced tea is...

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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, now might not be the time you want to ponder starting over, but this is exactly what you must do in order to stay ahead...

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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 get home from work until two. Before then, don’t even...

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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 by far the largest source of potential contamination. Such activities...

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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 drama. Until Scott Walker came around, there wasn’t much to argue about, except, well, beer and bratwurst. Wisconsin’s largest ancestry group is German, and the...

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