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Raise the steaks: Master an elegant dinner in no time

Recipes / Wolfgang Puck /

With the help of natural talent, education, experience and lots and lots of repetition, a pro in any pursuit can almost always make whatever he or she does look easy. Whether it's an artist painting a beautiful landscape, a golfer sinking a long putt, a screen star bringing tears to your eyes or a chef cooking a delicious meal, all such experts ...Read more

Bordeaux 2017: The Sweet Spot

BORDEAUX, France -- The annual En Primeurs event in Bordeaux, which previews the most recent vintage of Bordeaux wine for trade and the press, often proves a chore, as everyone muscles through hundreds of young, tannic wines in an attempt to assess their quality and potential.

It may come as a surprise to some, but tasting barrel samples is ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Antioxidants: Antidote to disease

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Environmental Nutrition

No doubt you've heard of antioxidants. They've been associated with everything from reduced cancer risk to slower aging. But what exactly are these powerful disease fighters, and how can you ensure you're getting enough?

Radical reactions

Atoms are constantly giving ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Surprise your mom with apple clafoutis for brunch

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Each Mother's Day I try to look for a dish that will make Mom feel special. I've made more egg dishes than I can count, along with coffee cakes, scones and muffins that have delighted Mom each year. This year I thought I would shake it up with a traditional peasant dessert from the Limousin region of France. I've served it usually...Read more

EatingWell: A fresh spin on classic poke

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Poke (pronounced poh-kay), a bite-size marinated fish salad, is easy to make at home with this quick recipe. Sriracha and Chinese-style mustard add a touch of heat to the classic poke seasoning of soy sauce and sesame oil. Serving it over a brown rice salad makes it a meal.

Salmon & Avocado Poke Bowl

Serves 4

Serving Size: about 1 3/4 cups

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The Kitchn: I tried 90-second keto bread. Here's how it went.

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Forget Atkins and paleo -- the new low-carb diet du jour is called keto, as in ketogenic. Although there are many similarities between these diets, a keto diet is all about restricting carbohydrates and increasing healthy fats. The goal is to force your body's metabolism into ketosis, which ...Read more

The Kitchn: You'll love the ease (and taste!) of this no-bake dessert

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Come spring there are few desserts quite as delightful as those bursting with bright, lemony freshness. That's precisely why we're big fans of this yogurt-filled play on lemon cream pie.

This no-bake sheet pan lemon tart is big enough for all your get-togethers. If it doesn't win you over ...Read more

Zucchini and Carrot Noodles

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Is Eating Gluten Free More Healthy

Going gluten-free is all the rage right now with urban and rural hipsters. Many people are jumping on the bandwagon; especially young adults in their 20s and 30s. They do it for good reasons, but they don’t realize how they are being manipulated.

Step back to the 80s and I was in the same boat. I ...Read more

Spice up pork and beans with this peppery dish

Recipes / Quick Fix /

This is a fiery version of a traditional pork and beans dinner. Boneless butterflied pork chops can be found in the meat section of most markets. If they are unavailable, buy boneless loin chops about 1 inch thick and slice them nearly in half horizontally, leaving one edge intact. Open the chops like a book and flatten. The meat will be about 1...Read more

Let Salads Serve as Shortcuts

Recipes / After-Work Gourmet /

Spring is salad season. Restaurant menus, online pages and cafe sidewalk chalkboards are often bursting with descriptions of conglomerations featuring seasonal bounties. Entree salads make their entry this time of year.

When you want to emulate at home, whether traditional treats, like a chef or Cobb salad, or a one-of-a-kind spring special, ...Read more

How to make soup dumplings — shortcuts for beginners

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Soup dumplings, darling pork-packed pillows, differ from their landlocked cousins in one detail: They're bursting with broth. Posing a puzzle worthy of the trivia app HQ: How does the soup slip inside?

The dumpling novice ponders the possibilities: a splash of liquid and lightning-fast folding? A scalding syringe? Magic?

Correct. In an act of ...Read more

In praise of vegetables as a chef's inspiration

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"I am not a vegetarian," writes Jeremy Fox. "This is not a book about vegetarians: it is a book about vegetables."

It sure is. In "On Vegetables" (Phaidon, 320 pages, $49.95), Fox has channeled his extensive knowledge of produce of all stripes into an insightful and inspiring treatise on a plant-based cooking philosophy.

Following a tenure at ...Read more

How to turn eggplant and zucchini into deep-fried deliciousness

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Once upon a time, it felt lonely to cook for a hobby. Thanks to YouTube and countless food websites and blogs, I connect easily with kindred spirits now. So when I spend a gloomy Saturday in the kitchen working on a technique, or recreating a favorite restaurant dish, I know I am not alone.

Deep-frying is one of those techniques for which I ...Read more

Why don't Americans drink wine with lunch?

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We just don't do it. We don't drink wine at lunch, at least not in any regular way.

Even when we dine in restaurants with kitchens that turn out carefully prepared, sophisticated food that begs for wine accompaniment, we don't drink wine at lunch, for the most part. We say, "I'm fine with just water," or we upgrade to sparkling water or some ...Read more

Cookbook of the Week: 'Hawker Fare' by James Syhabout

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Cookbook of the week: "Hawker Fare: Stories and Recipes From a Refugee Chef's Isan Thai and Lao Roots" by James Syhabout with John Birdsall (Ecco, $39.99)

Most chefs with Michelin-starred restaurants, plus a classical training and the resume to go with it, would pour all that fancy stuff into their debut cookbook. Glossy cover. Art house ...Read more

Guess what the king of Texas barbecue won't eat?

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The news from Austin shook the Texas barbecue world to -- well, to the bone.

In an adoring Esquire magazine profile of new-age Texas barbecue king Aaron Franklin, Franklin coughs up the truth: "I don't eat that stuff."

Franklin, in his 10th year as the owner of truck-turned-landmark-restaurant Franklin Barbecue, said he ...Read more

How does a tarantula burger taste? 'This is like the crunchiest jerky you've ever had.'

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DURHAM, N.C. -- "You can't order the tarantula today," the man behind the counter at Bull City Burger and Brewery said to the front of the lunch rush line.

Yes, Thursday's tarantula burger was already spoken for, claimed through a lottery by Mark Christmann, a cook from Greensboro who made his first trip to downtown Durham for the dubious ...Read more

Confused about bittersweet? Dutch cocoa? And what's up with white chocolate?

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Chocolate is what we eat when we're stressed. In other words, chocolate shouldn't cause stress.

But it can when the grocery shelves hold not only our beloved semisweet chips, but chocolate labeled bittersweet, milk, white, unsweetened, German's, baking and more.

And what's up with all those percentages?

Even cocoa comes in choices: Dutch-...Read more

Meet the baker behind the cookie that became a viral sensation

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Perhaps if you spend much time on Instagram or surfing the web, you've already heard of them.

"The Cookies" -- officially dubbed the Salted Butter and Chocolate Chunk Shortbread cookies -- have become something of a viral phenomenon in the months following the release of Alison Roman's debut cookbook, "Dining In."

The New York Times' Sam ...Read more

Culinary SOS: Make the fresh chickpea hummus from Rooftop by JG in Beverly Hills

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While you can readily buy dried or canned chickpeas at your local supermarket, fresh chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, aren't so common a find. Similar to fava beans and English peas, fresh chickpeas grow on vines and generally contain one to two beans per pod. The smallish pods can frequently be found in Middle Eastern and Latin markets,...Read more