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Rosh Hashanah dining: local restaurants offer menus, takeout options for Jewish holidays

With Hurricane Irma throwing local calendars off track, who has had time to make elaborate plans for the Jewish holidays?  Hopefully those who observe the Jewish New Year, which arrives Wednesday night and runs through Friday night, have found ample time for family and community celebrations. If that’s not the case, fear not – several local restaurants are cooking Rosh Hashanah...
Top restaurants to dock and dine in Palm Beach County

Top restaurants to dock and dine in Palm Beach County

Going out to dinner and drinks by boat is one of the perks of living in Palm Beach County, where the Intracoastal Waterway is our aquatic I-95. Whether you’re sticky and salt-covered from a day on the water or dressed for a romantic sunset cruise, there’s a dockside joint to fit your mood.  This is the kind of beach bar (that it's on the Jupiter Inlet instead of the beach is a quibble)...

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There soon will be new ways to know if your wine is environment friendly 

There soon will be new ways to know if your wine is environment friendly 

More and more of us are looking beyond the wine in our glass and demanding to know how the wine is made. Whether we want wines that are "natural," biodynamic, organic or sustainable, increasingly we want to know that winemakers are doing their best to protect the environment and not relying on chemicals to ripen their grapes. And the wine industry is listening. The Wine Institute in California...
The morning after Thanksgiving, let them eat . . . cookies

The morning after Thanksgiving, let them eat . . . cookies

A handful of fresh cranberries, part of a can of pumpkin puree, extra chopped nuts and a lone apple that didn't make it into pie - after hosting a holiday feast, it's inevitable that you will wind up with tasty odds and ends like these. But instead of throwing them out, contributing to the shocking 27 million tons of food wasted each year (as per a new study from the food waste coalition ReFED), why...
The stuffed-pumpkin dish that will make vegans and everyone else happy

The stuffed-pumpkin dish that will make vegans and everyone else happy

If you're cooking for vegetarians at Thanksgiving, it's hard to resist the stuffed-pumpkin idea. The vegetarians have their main dish, everyone else has another side, and all is right with the world. As tempting as it is to stuff a single large pumpkin, though, the degree of difficulty rises along with the poundage. A jack-o'-lantern-size specimen can require as much oven space as a turkey, and if...
Good lamb curry or gulab jamun? Follow the cabdrivers

Good lamb curry or gulab jamun? Follow the cabdrivers

Richly seasoned lamb curry, chana masala and saag paneer fill the chafing dishes. Cases display confections like gulab jamun and rasgulla, sweet milk and cheese dumplings. Overhead a television broadcasts images of Bollywood stars. These features so define Pakistani and Bangladeshi restaurants in New York City that, at first glance, such places appear almost indistinguishable. But make no mistake...
Pie crust tips, recipes for the holidays

Pie crust tips, recipes for the holidays

You don’t have to suffer pie anxiety. That’s the word from Chef Larkin Rogers of Hudson, Ohio, who earlier this month taught a cooking class simply titled “Homemade Crust.”  “We know everybody starts to get a little nervous about the pie thing” in the weeks leading to Thanksgiving, she said in a soothing tone to the small group.  “We’re really...
My Aunt Edith’s dinner rolls, a no-fuss family favorite

My Aunt Edith’s dinner rolls, a no-fuss family favorite

When I was little, the drive from our house on Capitol Hill to West Seattle seemed to take so long, it was like a trip to another state — and this was before Seattle had traffic. We went several times a year to Aunt Edith’s — my mom’s aunt and the de facto matriarch of that side of the family, a warm, no-fuss woman who loved us and, I found out years later, loved poetry. Even...
4 wines plus a cider that belong on your Thanksgiving table

4 wines plus a cider that belong on your Thanksgiving table

Here are four wines and a cider worthy of your dinner table anytime, including Thanksgiving. Last year, I recommended the sparkling Norton from Casanel Vineyards in Loudoun County, Virginia. If you can get out to the winery, the current vintage is worth the trip. But here is a sparkling shiraz from South Africa that is also extremely food-friendly and surprisingly good - surprising because it doesn't...
A Thanksgiving casserole for everyone at the table

A Thanksgiving casserole for everyone at the table

The traditional Thanksgiving meal is a giant spread that lacks for nothing. Unless you have a dietary restriction, in which case it might lack something you can actually eat. There is likely to be flour lurking in the gravy, bacon in the Brussels sprouts, chicken stock in the dressing, and butter in nearly everything else. While you would think most people would be safe with cranberry sauce, there&rsquo...
Made Coffee's cold brew creation is brewed and canned in Tampa Bay

Made Coffee's cold brew creation is brewed and canned in Tampa Bay

Let's start with the actual can itself, a turquoise-tan-orange vessel emblazoned with text and illustrations: "Ingredients: coffee, water, time"; an image of a simple coffee brewing process under "How we made it." The colors pop, the fonts are hip, and the vibe is instantly clear: pure coffee, made right here in the increasingly entrepreneurial-driven St. Petersburg. This is the...
Out with the carpet! An Abacoa original restaurant gets total makeover

Out with the carpet! An Abacoa original restaurant gets total makeover

With a new name and a $300,000 renovation, Abacoa’s oldest restaurant plans a grand re-opening Friday. “We are buying into the growth of the local business community,” said Dennis Witkowski, a Wellington resident who has operated JJ Muggs Stadium Grill — its new moniker will be Stadium Grill — since 2001. Carpets are out and wood floors are in at the two-story restaurant/bar...
Croutons: A crunch of happiness

Croutons: A crunch of happiness

Croutons are the little reward we give ourselves for eating a salad.  Not that there’s anything wrong with salad. I love salad. Especially when it is topped with crunchy, caloric croutons.  They are the cherry on top of a sundae, if the sundae were made of lettuce and vegetables. They are what transforms an ordinary salad into a meal.  Of course, you can always use the pebble-like...
Don’t fret about Thanksgiving wine choices — just about anything goes

Don’t fret about Thanksgiving wine choices — just about anything goes

On Thanksgiving, two things are more important than the wine you pour. No. 1, of course, is the people you are with. (If you thought “watching football” was No. 1, you might need a re-education on the meaning of Thanksgiving; start with a “Charlie Brown” special.) No. 2 — and I’m sorry to say this, fellow wine lovers — is the food. I’m even sorrier to...
What is pumpkin pie without its crust? A one-pan, stress-free dessert.

What is pumpkin pie without its crust? A one-pan, stress-free dessert.

Even the most traditionalist fan of Thanksgiving can see that pumpkin pie has a problem. It is neither its overexposed blend of spices nor its reliance on whipped cream to hide cracks and help the spoonfuls go down. It is that soggy bottom crust, which is often underdone to boot. A blind-baked or chocolate-coated crust is hardly a sure hedge against a heavy and wet filling. Luckily, we're in stress-free...
How big of a turkey should I buy? And other Thanksgiving FAQs, answered.

How big of a turkey should I buy? And other Thanksgiving FAQs, answered.

Thanksgiving is all about tradition, so it's only natural that we field a lot of the same questions each year. Consider this guide a resource for your most pressing queries. Above all, don't stress! Know that you are perfectly capable of making a dynamite Thanksgiving meal. A: Did you know you can put a solidly frozen bird in the oven, and in less than twice the time it would take to cook a fresh...
Are Honey Nut Cheerios healthy? A look inside the box

Are Honey Nut Cheerios healthy? A look inside the box

I had a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios recently. It’d been awhile. Regular Cheerios are more my thing. But sometimes I finish my box faster than my kids do and find myself straying to their side of the cupboard. Honey Nut is America’s best-selling breakfast cereal, and by a comfortable margin. Roughly 151 million boxes and other containers of various sizes were sold over the past year, well...
She took on Colombia’s soda industry. Then she was silenced. 

She took on Colombia’s soda industry. Then she was silenced. 

It began with menacing phone calls, strange malfunctions of the office computers, and men in parked cars photographing the entrance to the small consumer advocacy group’s offices. Then in December last year, Dr. Esperanza Cerón, the head of the organization, said two men on motorcycles edged up to her car and pounded on the windows. “If you don’t keep your mouth shut,&rdquo...
Americans are putting down the soda pop

Americans are putting down the soda pop

Sugar-sweetened drinks are not as popular as they once were. According to a new study based on a continuing national health survey, 60.7 percent of children and 50 percent of adults drank a sugary beverage on any given day in 2014, down from 79.7 percent of children and 61.5 percent of adults in 2003. The study, published in the journal Obesity, relied on a representative sample of 18,000 children...
Recipe of the week: Best Thanksgiving turkey breast, with bacon-sage butter

Recipe of the week: Best Thanksgiving turkey breast, with bacon-sage butter

Who says you have to roast an entire turkey for Thanksgiving? Sure, a formal bird can be grand, but one of our favorite turkey-day shortcuts is just as grand in flavor.  The recipe comes to us from Tequesta personal chef Lenore Pinello, who roasts this holiday-worthy turkey breast. The white meat is made extra moist because it’s slathered with bacon-sage butter.  Her full...
Thanksgiving goes back to the traditional — with some flavor twists

Thanksgiving goes back to the traditional — with some flavor twists

What is a traditional Thanksgiving dinner now, nearly 400 years after what historians call The First Thanksgiving? We think turkey and sides, except the wild turkeys then were nothing like the Butterballs now, or even what our grandfathers may have brought home from their factory jobs for our grandmothers to cook. That’s what my maternal grandfather, the great Frank Hugh, did. But my grandmother...
Drinks at high-end hotel bars — hold the booze

Drinks at high-end hotel bars — hold the booze

Renowned hotel bars — the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London, for example, or Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle in New York — are often well-regarded for their innovative cocktails. Today, creative nonalcoholic concoctions are catching on, most notably in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. Just don’t call them mocktails. “I consider our nonalcohol cocktails to be as...
One nation, in all its flavors, captured on these pages

One nation, in all its flavors, captured on these pages

This is adapted from the introduction to "America the Great Cookbook: The Food We Make for the People We Love From 100 of Our Finest Chefs and Food Heroes," edited by Washington Post Food and Dining Editor Joe Yonan (Weldon Owen, 2017).  - - - When I was a kid growing up in West Texas in the 1970s, I loved Saturday mornings. Partly because I didn't have to go to school, of course, but...
Nine dishes. Eight hours. One oven.

Nine dishes. Eight hours. One oven.

Here is a blueprint for cooking an entire Thanksgiving meal over the course of one day in an oven and on the four burners above it. Just set the oven to 400 degrees. You’ll need to shop ahead of time, of course, but the rest of the work is sequential and not very difficult. You can knock it out alone in about eight hours with breaks and lunch included, but an extra set of hands makes the work...
How to pair wine: Bold flavors match beans, rice and andouille dinner

How to pair wine: Bold flavors match beans, rice and andouille dinner

Richness and smoke sum up this dish, so any wine paired with it has to have something to say about those things. A white from France and two reds, from Italy and Spain, have their own ways of cutting through or matching the dish’s big flavors. The key here is contrasting and complementing.  ———  Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil in a saucepan; add 4 cloves chopped garlic...
Christopher Kimball dishes on ethnic food and the work ethic

Christopher Kimball dishes on ethnic food and the work ethic

A lot can happen in two years. Just ask Christopher Kimball, the droll showman of food. You may remember him as the founder, publisher and host of America’s Test Kitchen, a role that went away in 2015.  Today he’s the founder, publisher and host of Milk Street, a new venture with the sole purpose of convincing us to head to the kitchen and cook.  This time around his message...
To make an excellent Cosmo, don't mess up the key ingredient

To make an excellent Cosmo, don't mess up the key ingredient

For years, the cranberry was one of my favorite fruits, based entirely on my experiences with it this time of year, slathering its saucified form onto everything on my Thanksgiving plate, be it bird, starch, starch or other starch. Its flavors - bright, tangy, sweet - seemed the perfect complement to the rich, salty and herb-laced flavors of the season. Imagine my shock some years ago when I first...
Thanksgiving equipment essentials

Thanksgiving equipment essentials

The right kitchen tools can shave precious minutes off Thanksgiving dinner preparation. We spoke with Marguerite Preston, an editor at Wirecutter — a New York Times company that tests and reviews products for people who quickly want to know what to buy — and two writers for the site, Lesley Stockton and Michael Sullivan, for their Thanksgiving equipment recommendations and tips. 1. There...
Luna Italian Cuisine a classic dining spot

Luna Italian Cuisine a classic dining spot

MENU Classic Italian eatery and pizzeria, with appetizers, salads, soup, hot and cold subs, wide assortment of pizza, pasta, calzones, stromboli, chicken, beef, sausage, veal, seafood, vegetables, desserts. ATMOSPHERE Warm and inviting, with wooden tables and booths, and bright colors accenting Italian landscape pictures and décor. There are a few tables outside if you prefer the downtown Stuart...
Food, service make Sabai Thai a favorite spot

Food, service make Sabai Thai a favorite spot

MENU Authentic Thai food. The menu includes everything from Pad Thai to Orange Duck. There’s also a large selection of sushi. ATMOSPHERE This gem, tucked away in a nondescript strip shopping center, is infused with a charming ambiance. The colorful wall murals, captivating light fixtures and nice-size bar are eclipsed only by the warm welcome diners receive. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE Our server...
Catch old Florida vibe at Benny’s on the Beach

Catch old Florida vibe at Benny’s on the Beach

MENU Benny’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Seafood is the main attraction, serving items such as fish and chips ($17) and a lobster roll ($25). There’s also a full bar. ATMOSPHERE Benny’s has been raising prices and extending its dinner hours, but it retains its Old Florida beach vibe. Benny’s can feel like two different places — there’s the rowdy bar on the...
Openings: Hurricane Grill & Wings to debut new ‘BTW’ concept in West Palm Beach

Openings: Hurricane Grill & Wings to debut new ‘BTW’ concept in West Palm Beach

A “hurricane” of the fast-casual variety is coming to suburban West Palm Beach next month. That’s when Hurricane BTW, a new national chain, opens its first franchise location on Okeechobee Boulevard, west of Jog Road.  To locals, it means a new spot for burgers, tacos and wings (aka “btw”), as well as tenders, salads, shakes, wine and craft beer (including a 32-ounce...
Raise a glass to these Thanksgiving rules

Raise a glass to these Thanksgiving rules

Human behavior is often unpredictable. But immutable rules seem to govern certain situations, like Thanksgiving entertaining. Rule No. 1: You will be anxious before the holiday. This is inescapable. You will worry that you have not sufficiently disguised the conditions under which you ordinarily live, which is what cleaning house usually achieves. You will be concerned that you do not have enough...
A balancing act

A balancing act

It's no secret many wine enthusiasts consider the traditional Thanksgiving feast a daunting challenge for wine. The combination of savory and sweet aromas would seem to contradict normal assumptions about food and wine pairings. Truth be told, though it's tricky, the Thanksgiving feast is a rare opportunity to focus on the most important aspect of any good wine match: balance.  At my Thanksgiving...
A yogurt a day

A yogurt a day

You may want to snack on a yogurt while you read this. Several studies back up the theory that dairy, especially yogurt, can help you maintain your weight, according to Angelo Tremblay, researcher with the Department of Kinesiology at Laval University in Quebec.  "Weight management and dairy isn't a new story, but it's certainly backed up by the research," said Tremblay, who spoke recently...
Same vegetables, new flavors

Same vegetables, new flavors

How traditional do you want your Thanksgiving meal to be? It’s a good question to ask when planning a menu. The original New World Thanksgiving dinner — a several-days-long feast — was lavish, but green vegetables probably weren’t abundant. Gourds, melons, pumpkins and squashes were the vegetables of choice, or carrots and parsnips grown from seed. Dried native corn was ground...
Stick a feather in your cap and add macaroni to this lentil soup

Stick a feather in your cap and add macaroni to this lentil soup

Some dishes are tagged as comfort foods because of the emotional connections we have with them; they conjure memories of good times, feelings of being nurtured or being carefree. But there is a physical aspect to comfort food as well - the kind that warms you from the inside out, fills you up and leaves you awash with contentment. This homey soup is definitely in that realm. It's an earthy and filling...
Where have the saucy apples gone? Plus other food questions answered

Where have the saucy apples gone? Plus other food questions answered

The Washington Post Food staff recently answered questions about all things edible. The following are edited excerpts. Recipes whose names are capitalized can be found in the Recipe Finder at washingtonpost.com/recipes. A: Because so many apples are bred these days to be eaten out of hand, it has become harder to find a good saucy apple. I suggest you look at farmers markets or pick your own orchards...
To pair with that Thanksgiving bird, consider beer

To pair with that Thanksgiving bird, consider beer

In all the meticulous course planning for Thanksgiving, wine tends to get top billing on the beverage list. But beer — with its versatility, approachability, carbonation and broad range of flavors — may be just as happy a pairing. After all, Thanksgiving is a symphony of browns — all those casseroles, bakes and gravies — and the Maillard reaction that gives beer its amber glow...
The apple taste test

The apple taste test

My colleague Tan Vinh, my editor Paige Collins and I tried a new apple variety recently: the SweeTango. Aside from having an annoying name (please, everybody, stop with the capital letters in the middle of words), it was very, very tart. If Honeycrisp is the Starburst of apples, SweeTango seems engineered for the Sour Patch Kids crowd, with a sharp, unceasing citric-acid taste. Paige really liked...
Need comfort food to warm up cold nights? Tomato soup is quick, easy

Need comfort food to warm up cold nights? Tomato soup is quick, easy

Campbell’s Tomato Soup was a vital part of my college experience — but not in the way you might think. On my way to classes in the art department of Colorado State University, I routinely walked past three 5,800-pound cans of soup designed and signed by pop artist Andy Warhol. The outdoor sculptures were part of a Warhol exhibition at Colorado State University in 1981. Back then, the canned...
Wine brings flavors together in apricot-flavored pork tenderloin

Wine brings flavors together in apricot-flavored pork tenderloin

When a dish has sweet and zesty elements, as this one does, you need a wine that can bring it all together — by complementing some of those flavors and taming others. Here are three wines you can count on to do just that: a white from France, and reds from Oregon and Italy. Make this: Apricot Pork Tenderloin Rub 1 pound pork tenderloin with salt and pepper. Whisk together 1/4 cup apricot preserves...

Shrimp and Poblano Pepper Tacos with Pinto Bean Salad

Filling tacos with charred poblano peppers and shrimp creates a simple Mexican dish. If pressed for time, use the poblano peppers without charring them. The flavor will be different but the taco still tasty. Helpful Hints: Cilantro is used in both recipes, prepare at one time and divide for the recipes. Countdown: Place peppers under boiler....
Beyond the latte: Pumpkin spice-ology

Beyond the latte: Pumpkin spice-ology

There are some traditions at elk camp that are not to be broken. There will be snoring, booze, dirty dishes, gratuitous belching and profane utterances never to leave the sacred wall tent. There may or may not be animals taken, but there will be a party of hunters hitting it hard by day, looking to rest and replenish at night, and there is no prohibition against pumpkin spices at hunting camp. Quite...
Test Kitchen recipe: Here’s how to make 30-minute salmon

Test Kitchen recipe: Here’s how to make 30-minute salmon

When I first made this recipe from our archives, I immediately tucked it away in my impressive dinner file. For starters, I am a huge salmon fan. I love it for its taste, because it’s versatile, and it’s considered a healthy fat. And this recipe looked so good and so pretty. At first I almost passed the recipe up because of the low, 250-degrees, baking temperature. So many people grapple...
Recipe of the Week: Mini Manchego Spinach Pies

Recipe of the Week: Mini Manchego Spinach Pies

It’s party season. Can you feel it? Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and then the December holidays will be here, so chances are good that you will either be entertaining or being entertained in the next few months. Here’s a party-friendly appetizer that you can use all season long. Traditionally, spinach likes to be paired with feta, but here, it’s paired with firm, buttery...
Buckwheat is making a comeback, and not just in pancakes

Buckwheat is making a comeback, and not just in pancakes

When I was a kid, the only food I hated almost as much as my mother’s tuna fish casserole was my dad’s buckwheat pancakes. Sour and kind of stinky, just one bite of those purplish cakes was enough to convince me they were disgusting. “It’s an acquired taste,” my dad tried to tell me, unsuccessfully. No amount of cajoling would change my mind. It wasn’t until decades...
Let’s eat: Kasha-stuffed Italian Peppers

Let’s eat: Kasha-stuffed Italian Peppers

Roasted buckwheat kernels — also known as kasha — are a nutritious substitute for potatoes or rice. Buckwheat is the best-known source of plant-based protein, and it’s gluten-free. That makes it a perfect choice for vegetarians looking for a healthful lunch or dinner. Kasha has a nutty, earthy flavor that lends itself to hearty casserole dishes. Here, it’s cooked with mushrooms...
The ultimate guide to a budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner

The ultimate guide to a budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner

Does Thanksgiving make your mouth water, dreaming of your favorite pumpkin or sweet potato pie recipes? Are you ready to pull out your crowd-pleasing stuffing recipe or are you a cautious cook easing into the kitchen for the first time?  No matter what your culinary skill level, it's easy to make a delicious Thanksgiving meal on a budget. Just follow these simple tips to make these delicious...
6 easy side dishes anyone can make for Thanksgiving Day

6 easy side dishes anyone can make for Thanksgiving Day

Although the turkey will surely take center stage at your Thanksgiving table, a few unforgettable side dishes can't hurt. These simple sides won't take very much time or effort to pull together, but look (and taste) like a million bucks. This Thanksgiving Day, give your family a feast they won't forget by including a few of these easy-to-make dishes to accompany the big star. Homemade Cranberry Sauce...
Make it fast or make it slow: Thanksgiving turkey, two ways

Make it fast or make it slow: Thanksgiving turkey, two ways

    For those of us who love to cook, there's nothing better than spending an entire Sunday afternoon in the kitchen, simmering sauces and baking cakes. But the reality is that those days of long-recipe luxury are few and far between. In Make it Fast or Make it Slow, we're bringing you two versions of the same dish: one that's quick and easy and one that's well, not so quick. Both are...
Dining out for Thanksgiving? Here are some good, tasty options

Dining out for Thanksgiving? Here are some good, tasty options

It’s just around the corner: Thanksgiving. It’s that time of year for friends and family to come together to feast and give thanks. And for home cooks, it’s the chance to show off those culinary skills you’ve crafted throughout the year. But for those of you who would rather make a reservation, than bake a turkey, we’ve got a cornucopia of dining options. Listed...
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