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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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A quarter sheet pan is plenty big enough to hold all my love

A quarter sheet pan is plenty big enough to hold all my love

Nobody would mistake me for being hip and trendy. I have been wearing clogs - not the same pair, mind you - since the Ford administration. Yet I am YASSing and inserting heart emoji on behalf of the quarter sheet pan, which is surfing a wave of popularity. Deservedly so. There it is on social media, roasting a one-pan meal for two. Toasting a handful of nuts so tidily. Cradling a deep-dish pizza for...
Just in: Funky French bar opens in Northwood Village  

Just in: Funky French bar opens in Northwood Village  

The spirit of the South of France has come to Northwood Village in the form of Pétanque Kitchen & Bar, a funky restaurant and lounge that aims to be thoroughly “unconventional.” That’s the description offered by co-owner Olivier Delrieu, who dreamed up the place with this brother, Edouard Delrieu, as a tribute to their childhood summers.  The casual new spot opens at...
Local trend: Three fine dining restaurants offer new takeout lunch options

Local trend: Three fine dining restaurants offer new takeout lunch options

It’s a trend that pairs the posh with the pragmatic: local fine dining restaurants opening casual, grab-and-go counters.  Consider the newly opened market at Costa, the Mediterranean restaurant at the Esplanade plaza on Worth Avenue. The upscale, second-floor spot offers build-your-own bowls, sandwiches, salads, spreads, breads and juices – all for prices lower than what it would...
Licorice is an acquired taste

Licorice is an acquired taste

Love is complicated and uncontrollable and easily misunderstood. You never know when it will strike. You probably thought it was yucky when you were a kid - but then a few years later, maybe you found yourself head over heels, swooning. You have to nurture it, grow it, explore the world with your love! Love is grand and difficult, all at once. My love, in this particular case, is for black licorice...
Finding a lost strain of rice, and clues to slave cooking

Finding a lost strain of rice, and clues to slave cooking

Among the biologists, geneticists and historians who use food as a lens to study the African diaspora, rice is a particularly deep rabbit hole. So much remains unknown about how millions of enslaved Africans used it in their kitchens and how it got to those kitchens to begin with. That’s what made the hill rice in Trinidad such a find. The fat, nutty grain, with its West African lineage and...
Nice surprises emerge from the rainy gloom of 2014

Nice surprises emerge from the rainy gloom of 2014

The early reports on the 2014 vintage through much of Europe were not optimistic: rain, lots of it. In some places, it lasted through the spring. In parts of Italy, it carried on through much of the growing season. Farmers depend on rain when it comes at the right time and in the right amount to keep their vines healthy. But too much, combined with warm temperatures and plenty of humidity, can be...
Why I’m obsessed with the Instant Pot’s home-cooking magic

Why I’m obsessed with the Instant Pot’s home-cooking magic

My Instant Pot obsession started innocently enough, with a resolution to finally crack down on processed food.   Guess what? Unprocessed food takes time and attention. A good pot of brown rice takes 45 minutes or more, and still didn’t soften enough to suit me. Steel-cut oats? There goes a half-hour and I scorched way too many pots because of other morning distractions.   ...
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this sizzling garlic steak

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this sizzling garlic steak

Garlic produces magic in many cuisines. With thoughts of the start of the Chinese New Year, I mixed it with soy sauce, brown sugar and peanuts for this quick Chinese Garlic Steak.  Shortcut tip: To make the meal even faster, buy beef cut for stir-frying at the market.   For the Asian Noodles, look for fresh or steamed Chinese noodles in the produce section. Sesame oil gives it a nutty...
In a cone or cake, Carvel still has the power to melt my heart

In a cone or cake, Carvel still has the power to melt my heart

I love white truffles, aged Japanese whiskey and other things a food person is supposed to love. But there's a 7-year-old inside me that swoons over Carvel, the soft-serve ice cream of my Queens childhood. Some treats are best as memories (eyes on you, Twinkies) or are upgraded by hipster interpretations (bakery pop-tarts). But even gourmets, churning out flavors like matcha and rose water, can't...
Should you avoid asparagus? Maybe not

Should you avoid asparagus? Maybe not

Are you eschewing asparagus because of recent headlines suggesting that it raises your cancer risk?  Some recent research suggested that foods which contain high levels of asparagine, an amino acid, may be associated with the spread of breast cancer, as USA Today reported.   A study of lab mice found cutting levels of asparagine “dramatically” reduced the spread of triple-negative...
Chewy chocolate cookies that are only slightly over the top 

Chewy chocolate cookies that are only slightly over the top 

Back when I was in high school, there was a cafe in SoHo I loved for its over-the-top sweets. Billowing cakes towered over the counter, the cream cheese frosting between the layers thicker than the cakes themselves. They had golden coconut macaroons as big as my palm, and soup bowls full of rice pudding, mounded with thick, cinnamon-flecked whipped cream. But to my teenage self, the best treats of...
Jambalaya’s Cajun spice will warm your winter soul

Jambalaya’s Cajun spice will warm your winter soul

I know the colder months have me craving different foods, so I want you to cook along with me and try some of the recipes. A warm bowl of jambalaya is all you need to warm your soul.  Cajun food was never on my radar pre-Randy. It’s not a cuisine our Lebanese household ate, and there really aren’t very many restaurants to get Cajun cuisine around here. Randy used to make his sons...
Gourmet grilled cheese eatery aims to give ex-offenders a second chance

Gourmet grilled cheese eatery aims to give ex-offenders a second chance

Emily Hunt Turner went to law school to fight injustice and stand up for those who didn’t have a voice.   But when the former U.S. Housing and Urban Development attorney watched helplessly as an older, lower-income Minneapolis couple with a sterling rental record were legally evicted from their home after a 40-year-old criminal conviction surfaced, she decided to provide help and support...
The elegance of butter and soy

The elegance of butter and soy

Who knows who first mixed soy sauce and butter and discovered the pleasures the combination provides? Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten uses the mixture on thin steaks sautéed with ginger, and it’s incredible. Roy Choi, the Los Angeles restaurateur, advises sneaking a pat of butter and a splash of soy into instant ramen. And that is delicious. Try butter and soy on rice as a snack, put it...
Meat and potatoes made magical

Meat and potatoes made magical

For a special occasion, your best friend, sweetheart or spouse deserves the finest dinner you can produce. For many people, that means the simple luxury of steak and potatoes. Instead of going to a crowded restaurant, you can easily pull off this meal at home — and use the money you save by splurging on an expensive, top-quality cut like rib-eye or tenderloin or strip steak. Of the three choices...
With a tweak, comfort becomes more complete

With a tweak, comfort becomes more complete

Americans love their macaroni and cheese and continue to find ways to tweak recipes for it. We're blowing a timely kiss at this variation for several reasons: It is quick, its saucemaking has been simplified, and, by adding another beloved food to it, it offers more protein and less fat than a typical rendition. Its half-cup of hummus can be almost undetectable when the pureed chickpea dip is plain...
Skipping breakfast is not a good idea in the long run, study finds

Skipping breakfast is not a good idea in the long run, study finds

Although there have been countless opinions over the years about the importance of breakfast, researchers studying how it affects overall health are now saying that your mother was right when she told you it’s the most important meal of the day.  A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows a correlation between skipping breakfast or eating low-calorie breakfasts...
My mayo is a condiment without contrast, and beyond comparison

My mayo is a condiment without contrast, and beyond comparison

I had a white-bread childhood, at least at the table. My mother served meatloaf blanketed in Campbell's cream of mushroom concentrate, cooked-to-death broccoli-cream cheese casserole, "Texas salad" - and lots and lots of Wonder Bread. My favorite thing to put on slices of that fluffy, tasteless white loaf was just as white: an obscenely thick smear of Hellmann's mayonnaise. And nothing else...
Fish Fry-Day: a crispy fillet that’s perfect for Lent

Fish Fry-Day: a crispy fillet that’s perfect for Lent

There’s a subtle culinary dimension to one of the holiest seasons of the year: Lent, which began Wednesday, loves its fish and seafood dishes. The Christian tradition of abstaining from meat of warm-blooded animals nudges the meat-eating faithful toward the sea for sustenance. And the possibilities are not simply nourishing – they’re delicious.  How does one move beyond the...
Meet an Italian winery that makes $20 stunners

Meet an Italian winery that makes $20 stunners

Every now and then, I encounter a winery that excels with so many wines I don't know where to start in telling people about them. So consider this a blanket recommendation for Fratelli Rabino, a winery in Italy's Piemonte region, just a few miles west of Alba. That's the home of white truffles and Barolo, two luxury-priced items, but the Rabino family has found a sweet spot where they can produce...
How to make gnocchi extra — with arugula, mushrooms and truffle salt

How to make gnocchi extra — with arugula, mushrooms and truffle salt

Extra means more, as well as more than more.  Tired of sidekick duty, chiming in on extra special and extra clean, extra is going solo. “She’s extra,” adults should note, means excessive.   Snide isn’t a full-time gig. Extra still works its day job, cheering on adjectives, redoubling the efforts of nouns. It notes that gnocchi, delicious solo, are extra delicious...
When Ellie Krieger makes a chocolate treat, she just crushes it

When Ellie Krieger makes a chocolate treat, she just crushes it

I have been making some variation of these chocolate haystacks for years now, and whenever I do, I feel a little sly because they are unexpectedly simple - and more healthful than they let on.  A melt-in-your-mouth chocolate confection with a cookielike crunch, the haystack comes across as exacting to make, yet all that's involved is coating shredded wheat cereal in melted chocolate and mounding...
A nearly invisible oil spill threatens some of Asia’s richest fisheries

A nearly invisible oil spill threatens some of Asia’s richest fisheries

 A fiery collision that sank an Iranian tanker in the East China Sea a month ago has resulted in an environmental threat that experts say is unlike any before: an almost invisible type of petroleum has begun to contaminate some of the most important fishing grounds in Asia, from China to Japan and beyond. It is the largest oil spill in decades, but the disaster has unfolded outside the glare...
Modern Korean recipes are perfect for your Winter Olympics watch party

Modern Korean recipes are perfect for your Winter Olympics watch party

“Everyday Korean” by Kim Sunee and Seung Hee Lee (Countryman Press, $17), offers bold and modern takes on classic Korean-American fare. Think kimchi bacon mac and cheese and gochujang sour cream. Nothing too difficult or intimidating. Here are two recipes from the book that we want to eat while watching this year’s Winter Olympics, held in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.  &mdash...

Bakery’s unique cake goes viral after people mistake it for female body part

Nadia Cakes has deliciously sweet baked goods and even better comedic chops.   The bakery, with locations in Maple Grove and Woodbury, Minn., made a uniquely suggestive cake using pink fondant frosting with an oval cutout revealing an inside made of pink rock candy.   The winner of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” called it a geode cake. The internet saw something...
A canteen that elders count on is running out of time

A canteen that elders count on is running out of time

Ask the regulars seated at the sturdy, rectangular tables in the Staff Restaurant Billstedt, the cafeteria for workers in the basement of a municipal building in Hamburg, whether they have a favorite dish. They all give the same answer. “It’s all good,” insisted nearly a dozen patrons, most of them over 60, packing four rows of five tables each, when asked about their favorite meal...
Fresh, fast fare at Prep Kitchen Grab & Go

Fresh, fast fare at Prep Kitchen Grab & Go

MENU A simple, one-page menu offers a $6 soup of the day, $10 salads, $12 sandwiches and $5 desserts. Top a salad with grilled herb chicken or seared salmon for $4; with sliced avocado for $2. Salads and sandwiches offer great options for vegetarians. ATMOSPHERE While “Grab and Go” suggests it’s strictly takeout, that’s not the case. The restaurant is a bright, open, airy space...
Central blotter: Man agrees to give stranger $20 for a $100 bill, then finds it’s a fake

Central blotter: Man agrees to give stranger $20 for a $100 bill, then finds it’s a fake

SHERIFF’S OFFICE, LAKE WORTH COUNTERFEIT MONEY A man at a train station in the 1700 block of Lake Worth Road was approached by a stranger who asked him for change for a $100 bill. The man said he only had $40. The stranger then offered him the $100 bill in exchange for $20, and the man agreed. After the deal was made, the man realized the $100 was fake money. THEFT A man in the 1500 block of...
Shrimpers offers dining with waterfront view

Shrimpers offers dining with waterfront view

MENU Appetizers, soup, salad, raw bar, seafood, sandwiches, burgers, steak, chicken, pasta. ATMOSPHERE Fun, open-air bar and grill with a tropical vibe, it overlooks Manatee Pocket in the St. Lucie River. There’s a full bar and plenty of comfortable tables inside and out, offering spectacular waterfront views and a memorable dining experience. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE We started with an appetizer...
Keto revealed

Keto revealed

Is the keto diet a good thing? You probably know plenty of friends who are trying the keto diet - that extremely low-carbohydrate, very high-fat diet (think all-you-can-eat prime rib and bacon, but never a piece of toast). It's similar to the previously popular Atkins, but much stricter.  A recent U.S. News & World Report ranked it as the worst diet to go on.  Here's why:  The ketogenic...
Amazon turning these four cities into grocery battlegrounds

Amazon turning these four cities into grocery battlegrounds

The Amazon-fueled grocery price war may have finally arrived. News that Amazon.com will start offering two-hour delivery from Whole Foods stores in four U.S. cities has the food world buzzing that competition is about to heat up in an industry that survives on razor-thin margins. In the six months since Amazon acquired the organic grocer, the e-commerce giant has been mum about its plans for its ballyhooed...
Dress up a pot of beans for dinner with a zesty, fruit-forward wine

Dress up a pot of beans for dinner with a zesty, fruit-forward wine

For a hearty, rustic dish like this one, versatility is key in a wine pairing. A fruity, zesty Rhone-style blend from California, and two other wines that offer qualities of both red and white wines — an orange wine made from 100 percent California semillon, and a fizzy Lambrusco from Italy — will do the trick.  ———   MAKE THIS   COWBOY CHARRO...
FDA chief goes against the administration stereotype

FDA chief goes against the administration stereotype

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, came to the job with a résumé straight out of the Trump administration’s playbook. A millionaire with a libertarian bent, he made his money working for the industry he now regulates, and had investments in 20 health care companies whose products could come before the agency for approval. Pharmaceutical and medical...
Think football and wine don’t mix? Think again.

Think football and wine don’t mix? Think again.

A few weeks ago, after a National Football League playoff game, a New Orleans Saints defensive lineman sent a bottle of wine to the quarterback of the Carolina Panthers. It was a taunt, a tease — a troll, in the vernacular of the moment. The Saints had beaten the Panthers for the third time this season, so to mark the milestone and to continue an existing correspondence of jabs between them...
A genius step that will improve your cold-weather cooking

A genius step that will improve your cold-weather cooking

Here's a simple recipe that promises to boost the flavor of savory recipes. The slow-roasted infusion of garlic and herbs takes so little effort yet it offers so many possibilities. Use it to saute onions and to coat roasting vegetables. Pan-fry chicken breasts and fish with it. Brush it on grilled slices of bread. Swirl it into hummus or bowls of soup. Heck, you can even drizzle it over popcorn....
Flashy passer? Yes. Cheeseburgers for breakfast? No.

Flashy passer? Yes. Cheeseburgers for breakfast? No.

The invitation from the Los Angeles Clippers was irresistible. Come have breakfast, they said, with Milos Teodosic. Who would dare decline? This was my chance, after all, to sit down with the Serbian mystery man who was widely regarded as the best basketball player on the planet not in the NBA and find out what finally nudged him to jump to the world’s best league at age 30. It was also my ticket...
Sony apologizes after ‘Peter Rabbit’ movie exploits a food allergy

Sony apologizes after ‘Peter Rabbit’ movie exploits a food allergy

Sam Rose has a son who loves Peter Rabbit, a character from a children’s book by Beatrix Potter, but she won’t take him to see “Peter Rabbit,” the new movie loosely based on it. The issue? Her son has food allergies, and a scene in the film shows blackberries being used as a weapon. The backlash to the scene has already drawn an apology from the filmmakers. “Peter Rabbit...
How to turn tabbouleh into a hefty wintry dish

How to turn tabbouleh into a hefty wintry dish

Food writer is a job description that’s easy to digest. Everyone, it seems, eats. Cocktail in hand, chitchat in air, I’m rarely met with blank stare. That’s a luxury few astrophysicists share. And yet, misconceptions abound. Food writing springs from an affinity, not an affliction. Consider the tack, if not tact, of my physical therapist, a genius with neck or knee. Introducing the...
Texas-style chili, made to order

Texas-style chili, made to order

Every American cook’s recipe for chili is definitive and the best. A classic chili, the Texas bowl of red, is simply beef and hot peppers, simmered to perfection. But there’s no one recipe for the dish and no incorrect one — at least if we’re being honest with ourselves. You can make chili with beans; lamb or bison; venison, turkey or pork; with tomatoes or beer; with fresh...
Trader Joe’s customers pick their favorite products

Trader Joe’s customers pick their favorite products

Trader Joe’s is out with its annual list of customer favorite products for 2017. From flowers to bananas and frozen entrees, there’s 17 favorite items, with some being seasonal. But, really, what’s not to like about any products from Trader Joe’s? Customers voted the Mandarin Orange Chicken the overall favorite for 2017. The voting took place earlier this month. In releasing...
How to make your own Philly cheesesteaks

How to make your own Philly cheesesteaks

I’ve had the real thing from Pat’s in Philadelphia, and this homemade version I tried last week made for a hearty homemade weeknight sandwich that hit the spot. Next time, I’ll use even more provolone and maybe some shredded mozzarella and make a little beef broth au jus on the side. Bolillo bread, which is what I used, is the easiest option for sandwiches like this, but they can...
How cooking for yourself can make you healthier, happier

How cooking for yourself can make you healthier, happier

As my great-aunt June used to tell me, “Your grandfather was a bum. Your father was a bum, and you’re a bum. Get outta my house!” Reading between the lines, what I think she was trying to say, in her own, frothing fashion, was, “Don’t let the good be the enemy of the perfect.” (You got that, too, right?) In other words, Auntie June was reminding me that, when it...

Chili con carne perfect for dinner

Chili con carne is as American as apple pie. Some like it hot, some like it mild, but almost everyone likes chili. Here’s a recipe that’s great for parties and great for a quick, easy dinner for two. Serve the chili with bowls of sour cream chopped onion and cilantro. Chili freezes well. Double the recipe and freeze half for another quick dinner. Open a bag of washed, ready-to-eat salad...
American beers with a pungent whiff of place

American beers with a pungent whiff of place

In a former machine shop here in the Texas Hill Country, Jeffrey Stuffings, a founder of Jester King Brewery, led a tour group up a narrow staircase, to a loft where dozens of oak barrels surrounded what looked like an enormous copper sheet pan. Stained-glass windows bathed the pan in a pink and orange glow. “This vessel right here is called a coolship,” Stuffings said. It’s a specialized...
Is saffron worth the expense? Oh, is it ever

Is saffron worth the expense? Oh, is it ever

I went to my local saffrontarium — which is where they sell saffron, of course — and bought a hit of saffron that cost $500 an ounce. I did not purchase an entire ounce. No one purchases an entire ounce. The bottle I picked up contained a mere 0.03 ounces of the stuff. It cost me a cool $14.99. The good news is that saffron is a very potent spice, and it takes just a small amount to impart...

Feeling seedy

As another crop of seed catalogs arrives in the mail, my thoughts turn to next summer’s garden, and to the words of Tim Cahill, the adventure writer. “I am a man who sits around at home reading wilderness survival books the way some people peruse seed catalogs or accounts of classic chess games,” Cahill wrote in Jaguars Ripped My Flesh. As a peruser of seed catalogs, I think it&rsquo...
Quinoa kale salad keeps healthful eating resolutions on track

Quinoa kale salad keeps healthful eating resolutions on track

If you’re looking for something to help you keep your new year’s resolution to eat healthier, a kale salad is a good option. The sturdy green contains vitamins A and C, folic acid, calcium and iron. But there’s also another reason to sing kale’s praises: You can go ahead and dress The Kansas City Star’s Quinoa Kale Salad With Raisins and Almonds in advance to allow the...
Three things you should know about new Palm Beach restaurant Maven

Three things you should know about new Palm Beach restaurant Maven

Nantucket restaurateur David Silva has officially opened Maven, a restaurant serving Franco-American cuisine and located in the former Nick & Johnnie’s space at 207 Royal Poinciana Way. Maven’s menu is a mix of seafood, steaks, soups, salads and sandwiches; the restaurant is casual enough to grab a quick burger but upscale enough to settle into a dinner of lobster and white wine. As Maven...
Lunch bell: Our favorite lunch buffet is delicious, healthy and raw

Lunch bell: Our favorite lunch buffet is delicious, healthy and raw

My favorite local all-you-can-eat buffet offers no mac and cheese, no carved meats and no decadent desserts. Still, I can’t get enough of the spread at the Hippocrates Institute in suburban West Palm Beach. It’s surprisingly varied in options and flavors.  There, in a health-focused retreat that sprawls across 50 acres of tropical foliage with an often crunchy, new-age vibe,...
Happy Valentine’s Day: Eat your heart out with these sweet deals

Happy Valentine’s Day: Eat your heart out with these sweet deals

Valentine’s Day is made for dining out. Whether you want to spoil your sweetie or feast with a friend, here’s a list of indulge-worthy options. The three-course prix fixe feast includes Florida stone crab, oyster Rockefeller, Chilean seabass, Kona crusted veal chop, and desserts such as strawberry delice with pistachio jaconde. Cost is $175 and includes house Champagne. Offered from 5...
First look: Tony Roma’s barbecue restaurant at Hilton in West Palm

First look: Tony Roma’s barbecue restaurant at Hilton in West Palm

Chasing 1980s Miami memories of delicious baby back ribs, most of them consumed with a glass of “Burgundy,” we ventured to the new Tony Roma’s restaurant in West Palm Beach on a recent night. The new spot – Palm Beach County’s first Tony Roma’s location in a decade – is tucked into the Hilton Palm Beach Airport hotel in a space that’s anchored by a large...
Eat, pray, love: An Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day dilemma

Eat, pray, love: An Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day dilemma

Ah, steak and chocolate, the indulgent mainstays of Valentine’s Day dinners. And exactly the kind of extravagances that observers of Lent, which also starts on Wednesday with Ash Wednesday, are asked to avoid. The confluence of the events — occurring for the first time since 1945 — has created a dilemma for Roman Catholics and followers of other Christian denominations who observe...
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