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Category Archives: Recipes

Sugar snap peas

When I was a kid, my grandmother lived with us for several years and planted a little garden that ran along the perimeter of our house. She was an incredibly capable woman who grew a large variety of vegetables for her own family of eight children back in Taiwan, so it was easy for her [...]

The emperor’s new candy

London artist Greetje van Helmond creates lovely jewelry out of sugar crystals like the chunky necklace and ring pictured above. But with prices starting at £120 a piece — over $240 for a bauble that’s history if it falls into a cup of coffee — you can buy sugar for enough edible rocks to outbling [...]


Hearty, spicy, tasty, and easy to cook, gumbo just might be the perfect meal — especially if you have a crowd to feed. Here’s a recipe courtesy of Fox & Obel. Fox & Obel’s Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo Makes about one gallon 2 large yellow onions 2 red bell peppers 2 green bell Peppers 1/2 [...]

Super Bowl chili

A Super Bowl party without chili is like nachos without cheese, wings without hot sauce, the Patriots without a sideline camera. No matter which team you’re rooting for, everyone can agree that chili’s a winner. Here are a few recipes to get you started: Pork Cheek and Black-Eyed Pea Chili from Food & Wine (and [...]

A simple winter stew recipe from Jamie Oliver

Several years ago, I participated in an online chat featuring Jamie Oliver. Here’s the excerpt with my question and his answer: W: I enjoy beer and would like to incorporate it into my cooking as one uses wine. What types would you recommend, and with what kinds of food? JO: Let’s start with the most [...]