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Snacks will make your trivia night a winner

You’re all ready for trivia night. You know who won the Battle of Waterloo (the Duke of Wellington). You know the tallest building in the United States (One World Trade Center). You know how many sentences there are in the Gettysburg Address (10). But you don’t know what food to bring. Trivia is only part of the fun of trivia night. The other part is eating. Anyone can stop at their local...
Harnessing the spinach matrix

Harnessing the spinach matrix

Last week at the first outdoor farmers market, I scored spinach in many forms. A sack of baby spinach at one stand, sturdy and juicy tiny leaves that were painstakingly harvested from young plants. Elsewhere, I acquired a bundle of spinach plants, bunched together like at the supermarket but with no broken stems, ripped leaves or festering pieces of slime stuck between. I also got some beefy leaves...
Heart-shaped dessert coeur a la creme a balm to the melancholy

Heart-shaped dessert coeur a la creme a balm to the melancholy

The student begins his studies with the life cycle, as expressed in the tadpole. Using observational technique, field notebook and pencil, he draws a dot, and, in shorthand common to the kindergarten cohort, records: “It is vre tine.” It is very tiny. Subsequent entries document the development of nostrils, tail, eyes and legs — poised to leap. The mom, passing the tadpole classroom...
Bread pudding sheds its sweet image

Bread pudding sheds its sweet image

We seldom had dessert after dinner when I was growing up — that was for company or holidays. Sometimes there was red Jell-O, considered a weeknight treat. My favorite Jell-O product, though, was the pudding mix, preferably the chocolate one. I can still see the four little pudding bowls chilling in the refrigerator, each one covered in plastic wrap. That was my utterly American concept of pudding...

Not everyone’s a fan of wine scores, but there’s a way to use them

You have seen the little tags hanging from shelves in wine shops. They’re often hand-drawn, in permanent marker, and sometimes they’re bright, with a large, two-digit number and the name of a publication prominently displayed inside a jagged kind of exploding star. There might be multiple exclamation points, or several underlines, and that number will usually land somewhere in the 90s...
Avocado, roast beef wrap perfect for mom

Avocado, roast beef wrap perfect for mom

Make this quick and easy dinner anytime. Avocado and roast beef wrapped in a flour tortilla create a simple dinner. No need to turn on the stove for this wrap and salad. The secret to a good wrap is to moisten the tortilla with a spread or oil. For this recipe, I sprayed the tortillas with olive oil spray. The spray adds flavor without much fat. Flavored tortillas such as tomato or spinach would be...
Diving into the artichoke, that delicious mess

Diving into the artichoke, that delicious mess

There is something extravagant about trimming an artichoke heart. The vegetable matter is peeled, plucked and trimmed into a messy heap that is larger than the center bit we manage to save. To an artichoke novice, it can seem absurdly wasteful. And to all cooks, it’s a time-consuming process. But all that trimming is necessary, and the payoff is big. Biting into a well-trimmed artichoke, without...

Lamb with spinach brown rice is an easy, diabetes-friendly dinner

Lamb coated with a Middle Eastern sauce of garlic, ground cumin, cucumber and yogurt is an easy, quick dinner. Look for lamb cut from the leg or for kabobs. Helpful hints: Minced garlic can be found in jars in the produce or condiment sections of the supermarket. If lamb cut from the leg isn’t available, ask the butcher for a quick-cooking cut of lamb...
Birch Basket features indigenous-based, pre-colonization foods

Birch Basket features indigenous-based, pre-colonization foods

Hillel Echo-Hawk wants to answer your questions, no matter what they might be — and she’s gotten some dumbfounding ones. She’s the force behind Birch Basket, a Seattle private-chef and catering company focused on indigenous-based, pre-colonization foods. A chef and an educator, Echo-Hawk possesses the gift of patience. She speaks of the ignorance she encounters with a remarkable...
Guess what the king of Texas barbecue won’t eat?

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

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 loves to cook but doesn’t eat barbecue at all. &ldquo...
Finding comfort in pimiento cheese macaroni salad

Finding comfort in pimiento cheese macaroni salad

If death is unavoidable, so is funeral food. The desire to make food for a grieving family is embedded deep within us, especially if you live in the South, says cookbook author Perre Coleman Magness. The Memphis, Tenn.-based author recently published “The Southern Sympathy Cookbook: Funeral Food with a Twist” (Countryman Press, $22.95), which honors the long-held tradition of bringing...

Poached Salmon with Chive Sauce and Vegetable Fettuccini

A light chive sauce tops gently poached salmon fillets in this quick dinner. Fresh linguine with carrots and broccoli complete this simple, elegant meal. Shredded carrots can be found in the produce section of the supermarket along with broccoli florets. This means there’s no slicing and chopping for the Vegetable Fettuccini side dish. — Any type of vegetable can be used for the fettuccini...
Chick-fil-A increases scholarship investment with $14.5 million to team members

Chick-fil-A increases scholarship investment with $14.5 million to team members

Chick-fil-A@ is awarding more  than 5,700 Team Members $14.5 million in scholarships. The investment  in this year's program marks a $5.7 million increase since 2017 and is  the one of the highest unrestricted per-employee scholarship  investments in the industry. Team Members who are beginning or  continuing their higher education will be awarded scholarships in the ...
U.S. consumers confident their food is safe as grilling season kicks off

U.S. consumers confident their food is safe as grilling season kicks off

About three-quarters of  Americans plan to don an apron and grab a spatula to grill their  favorite steaks, burgers or chicken this year. But can consumers trust  their food is safe as grilling season kicks into high  gear? Ninety-four percent of American say yes, and that's good news as  Americans enter the heavy summer grilling months.  Cargill's latest Feed4Thought...
Your kid's buddy has severe food allergies. Here's how to host a safe play date.

Your kid's buddy has severe food allergies. Here's how to host a safe play date.

I take it for granted that I can bring my daughter to any playground and let her climb the monkey bars. I can send her to school without worrying that lunchtime could be dangerous. Boarding an airplane doesn't put me on high alert, and I never fret that another mom may have left peanut butter residue on the cutting board where she is now making my child a snack. I have the luxury of never worrying...
Lamb, a meat hated by 13 percent of American diners, is gaining ground

Lamb, a meat hated by 13 percent of American diners, is gaining ground

Lamb, of all things, is making a comeback in America. Arby's, the king of roast beef, will soon start peddling lamb gyros year round. Sandwich seller Potbelly Corp. is offering a gyro flatbread; Darden Restaurants Inc.'s Yard House brewery, a lamb burger topped with feta cream cheese; and Romacorp Inc., lamb ribs at more of its Tony Roma's restaurants. Meanwhile, fast-growing Mediterranean-style eateries...
A classic Indian cookbook returns, this time for Americans

A classic Indian cookbook returns, this time for Americans

When Sameen Rushdie was a child in India in the 1950s, she unpacked a tiffin at school every day. The steel compartments of the traditional lunchbox held home-cooked macaroni and kheema bound with melted cheddar and covered with grilled tomatoes. Smoky kebabs with tender, cold parathas. Moats of mashed potato around ginger-spiked beef and peas. It was only lunch. But for Rushdie, who would go on to...
A Mumbai restaurant celebrating the flavors of Goa

A Mumbai restaurant celebrating the flavors of Goa

Despite the nostalgia for Goa, the petite state on India’s western coast, held by Mumbai residents, restaurants featuring its cuisine — seafood-forward, infused with vinegar and heat, the legacy of four centuries of Portuguese rule colliding deliciously with Indian flavors and ingredients — are scarce in the city. So when rumors began circulating that the all-star team behind Mumbai&rsquo...
Silvaner, a lovely yet unloved Spring wine, needs friends

Silvaner, a lovely yet unloved Spring wine, needs friends

With the overwhelming number of wines available today from all over the world, in a vast diversity of styles, many made from grapes virtually unknown a generation ago, consumers have had to resort to shortcuts and workarounds to slice through the confusion. Some buy only wines made from familiar grapes that have been critically praised over time. Others are more adventurous, as long as the wines come...
Need to keep a cheesecake from sticking to the pan? Try this.

Need to keep a cheesecake from sticking to the pan? Try this.

Food writer Tamar Haspel recently joined The Washington Post Food staff to answer questions about all things edible. Here are edited excerpts from that chat. A: First, do you mean he made individual little cakes in the wells of a muffin tin? Was there graham cracker crust on the sides too? Or was it a single pan? In general, sometimes the cake is so chilled that it sticks. You can let the cake sit...
How to prepare your outdoor grill for its time to shine

How to prepare your outdoor grill for its time to shine

No summer weekend is complete without an outdoor barbecue. But before you fire up the grill this season, you'll want to give it a thorough cleaning and make sure it's safe to use. After all, you don't want a grimy, greasy grill ruining the flavor of your Kobe steaks - or, even worse, a fire hazard in your back yard. Have an electric grill? You're in luck. Because electric grills are almost always...
Palm Beach has a taco shop – it’s everything you might expect

Palm Beach has a taco shop – it’s everything you might expect

To the well-toned Palm Beach woman in yoga pants who has paused twice to ogle our hefty meals on the patio of Coyo Taco – yes, you, with the adorable island bike: Have you never seen two ladies on a lunch break sharing eight tacos, a vat of guacamole, a grease-stained bag of tortilla chips and big bowls of refried beans and Mexican corn?  We’ve burned calories and saved points...
Why work when you can procrastibake?

Why work when you can procrastibake?

All procrastibakers do not bake alike. Procrastibaking — the practice of baking something completely unnecessary, with the intention of avoiding “real” work — is a surprisingly common habit that has only recently acquired a name. Medical students, romance writers, freelance web designers: Almost anyone who works at home and has a cookie sheet in the cupboard can try it. &ldquo...
The plastic straw is losing status as New York’s big sipper

The plastic straw is losing status as New York’s big sipper

Finally, it’s warm enough to walk the streets of New York while nursing an iced coffee, a chilled juice or a cold soda. It’s straw season. But in many quarters, the ubiquitous plastic straw has suddenly become a pariah for the harm it can do to the environment. The United States alone uses and discards millions of plastic straws every day, according to Eco-Cycle, a nonprofit group that...
A day to celebrate Haiti’s flag, and its foods

A day to celebrate Haiti’s flag, and its foods

After six hours of cooking, my aunt Margaret Moise finally sat down at a table covered with a medley of dishes from her native Haiti. She had spent the day in my parents’ kitchen teaching her daughter and nieces, including me, to cook the food she grew up eating on holidays like Haitian Flag Day, celebrated on May 18. A day once marked by compulsory demonstrations of national pride under the...
CDC comes close to an all-clear on romaine lettuce as E. coli outbreak nears historic level

CDC comes close to an all-clear on romaine lettuce as E. coli outbreak nears historic level

It's unlikely that anyone currently has edible romaine lettuce that's contaminated with the toxic strain of E. coli bacteria sickening people nationwide since March. That was the message Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and if not exactly a thundering signal of "all clear," it's pretty close. Romaine lettuce has a shelf life of about 21 days. The current outbreak...
Egg farm responsible for salmonella outbreak had 'unacceptable rodent activity,' FDA report says

Egg farm responsible for salmonella outbreak had 'unacceptable rodent activity,' FDA report says

A North Carolina egg farm that authorities say is responsible for a salmonella outbreak that has sickened several people in nine states has had a heavy rodent infestation and failed to take actions to reverse it, according to an inspection report. Dozens of rodents, some alive and some dead, were found inside Rose Acre Farms' hen houses in its North Carolina facility. Many, the U.S. Food and Drug...
How to buy, store and cook shrimp

How to buy, store and cook shrimp

A: While buying shrimp at Kroger on one of the grocery chain’s four-day specials, I overheard lots of questions about shrimp. What size are these? How long will they stay frozen? What’s the best way to cook them? Shrimp is popular year-round; it’s America’s most-consumed seafood, according to the National Fisheries Institute. What’s great about having a stash of frozen...
Easy pork tenderloin is spiced, smoky

Easy pork tenderloin is spiced, smoky

This pork tenderloin coated with an Asian-spiced glaze is quick and easy. It can be made under the broiler or on a grill. I’ve given methods for both. Toasted sesame oil gives a slight smoky flavor to the pork. It can be found in most supermarkets. Plain sesame oil can be used. Garlic and soy sauce flavor stir-fried broccoli and Chinese noodles. To speed the cooking, the pasta is cooked in a...

Making granola at home is easy and scrumptious with this Maple Cashew Granola

If I’m being honest, most of what I do in the kitchen is recreate really delicious things I’ve eaten somewhere else. No, it never tastes the same, but it’s a useful way to get cooking inspiration, and also to not spend $10 on something it takes $2 to make yourself. The most recent example is a granola from Bandit Coffee Co. in St. Petersburg, Fla. One day when I was in for a latte...
Sons of immigrants prop up a symbol of ‘Frenchness’: The baguette

Sons of immigrants prop up a symbol of ‘Frenchness’: The baguette

Beware that basket of limp crust put in front of you. Not all French bread is created equal. So sacred is the classic baguette that French law strictly codifies it, protects it and regulates it. There are in fact few things more closely associated with France than the baguette, that long crusty stick that announces its nationality like no other bread. So the mastering of that symbol of Frenchness...
When cooking is about ease, not ‘easy’

When cooking is about ease, not ‘easy’

Easy cooking may not be as easy as it seems. This simple truth became painfully evident on a trip to the port of Essaouira in Morocco a few years back. I visited the town to shoot a segment in a TV show about Moroccan food, and my first task was to grill a whole sea bass over fire in an open-air restaurant. Gathered around were a bunch of local kids, a production team of eight, a few chefs from neighboring...
Sweets: Berries & limes

Sweets: Berries & limes

TWO BREEZY TREATS TO COMPLEMENT ANY SPRING MEAL These cookies are a two-bite take on Brazilian “lemonade” (basically a creamy limeade). Just swirl a dollop of tangy citrus filling between two tender sugar cookies — and let it shine through the cutest of cutouts. Active Time: 1 hour 20 minutes Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes Makes: 30 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more...
This new Oreo flavor tastes like floor cleaner

This new Oreo flavor tastes like floor cleaner

Controversy has befouled a national contest to create a new Oreo flavor: One Colorado woman says she came up with the company's new cherry cola flavor but has not been given proper credit. Taylor Young says Oreo sent her a box of her proposed cherry cola Oreos thanking her for her contest entry, which comes with the chance to win $500,000, but she told a local news station that the company has since...
Garlicky lemon tahini sauce transforms steamed artichokes

Garlicky lemon tahini sauce transforms steamed artichokes

Every action provokes an opposite and equally aggravating reaction. This is the third law of motion, more or less, and because it is the law, you must obey. For instance, should the season’s first artichoke inspire you to action — lighting the grill — you will collide with the reaction of empty propane tank, dead ignition and rusted grates. Leading to artichoke abandonment. Likewise...
Sichuan food is so much more than spicy

Sichuan food is so much more than spicy

Westerners love to treat Sichuan food as a dare or, worse, as a mild form of torture to inflict upon friends unfamiliar with the cuisine's sometimes-weaponized use of chile peppers. Just ask Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's "Parts Unknown." During a trip to China, Bourdain used his buddy Eric Ripert as a culinary test dummy, eager to see the effects of Sichuan chile oil on the famed chef's...
The German Chocolate Cake is not actually German, it’s Texan

The German Chocolate Cake is not actually German, it’s Texan

It may surprise you to learn that German Chocolate Cake is not actually German. (But don’t worry, it’s still very much chocolate and still very much cake.) And it’s also very Texan. Pecans aren’t historically found in the German diet, but Texans sure love them. Buttermilk — which is mixed with chocolate in the cake — is also a Southern staple. As it turns out, the...

One of the South’s simplest foods got one of the biggest food awards

The world shifted a little last Monday night at the James Beard Awards: They hung a medal around Rodney Scott’s neck. There are so many reasons why that’s a very big deal. It’s the James Beard Foundation, the most coveted award for chefs and restaurants. And Scott is African-American, and African-American chefs have struggled for recognition and professional respect in the culinary...
NEW: Weather forces Royal Palm Seafood Festival to postpone to June

NEW: Weather forces Royal Palm Seafood Festival to postpone to June

A highly anticipated event has been moved forward two weeks as Palm Beach County braces for another weekend of wet weather. The Royal Palm Beach Seafood Festival now will be June 2-3, postponed from this weekend, organizers said in a news release. “The forecast for heavy rains necessitated a change of dates,” organizers said. Hours for the event remain the same: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June...
How to craft an easy menu with science

How to craft an easy menu with science

How do you ensure a knockout meal? You could rely on outdated recipes from faded cookbooks, or you could harness science to construct a flawless menu that also happens to be a breeze to make. I undertook this mission after picking up “The Flavor Matrix” by James Briscione, who “collaborated” with IBM’s famous supercomputer Watson, the same creation that thoroughly embarrassed...
What’s next? Shrimp in your cereal?

What’s next? Shrimp in your cereal?

My interest was piqued by a promoted tweet and fueled by dietary nihilism. Red Lobster had announced a lobster-and-waffles special for most of April, and I couldn’t get the image of the crispy, buttermilk-battered split Maine lobster tail atop a “signature Cheddar Bay waffle” drizzled with maple syrup out of my head. My wife and I decided to try it; it was a meal we were prepared...
Why rice paper and wonton wrappers should be staples in your pantry

Why rice paper and wonton wrappers should be staples in your pantry

You may be used to keeping a loaf of bread around for easy impromptu dinners. Or maybe a pack of tortillas. But how about rice paper? Or wonton wrappers? Both are staples in Asian cooking. Rice paper is just what it sounds like - thin, stiff sheets made primarily from rice, though tapioca starch can be mixed in, too. The most common size is around an 8-inch circle. Wonton wrappers are also very thin...
Rick Bragg’s ‘The Best Cook in the World’ a loving food memoir about his mother

Rick Bragg’s ‘The Best Cook in the World’ a loving food memoir about his mother

When Rick Bragg told his mother that his new book about her would be titled “The Best Cook in the World,” Margaret Bragg protested: “I wasn’t even the best cook that lived on our road.” Bragg writes, “I told her we couldn’t call it ‘The Third-Best Cook on Roy Webb Road’ because that just didn’t sing.” Wisecracks aside, Bragg’s...
Tippling while eating: Alcohol-infused food

Tippling while eating: Alcohol-infused food

Alcohol is great and food is great, but sometimes you just don’t want to go to all the hassle of preparing drinks and then making a meal. That’s when it’s time for alcohol-infused food. Preparing food with alcohol in it, or all around it, doesn’t just save time and effort and the nuisance of cleaning up. It also tastes good, sometimes. I say “sometimes,” because...
See how three tweaks can transform a quesadilla

See how three tweaks can transform a quesadilla

There is arguably nothing that satisfies more simply and universally than cheese melted on toasted bread, which is why there are countless variations on that theme across cultures. The accompanying recipe borrows from one of those: the Mexican quesadilla, where, of course, tortillas are the "bread." Consider this a quick, healthfully balanced meal with intercontinental flair. The wealth...
Cheezies, dill pickle chips and Cuban lunches

Cheezies, dill pickle chips and Cuban lunches

Don’t call it junk food. It’s academic research, at least for a University of Winnipeg historian, Janis Thiessen, author of “Snacks: A Canadian Food History,” which was published last year. Canada once had a wide array of Canadian brands of potato chips, other salty snacks and candies. But as in most of the rest of the world, the number of nationally owned or nation-specific...
GMO foods will soon require labels. What will the labels say?

GMO foods will soon require labels. What will the labels say?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed new guidelines for labeling foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, starting in 2020. The safety of genetically modified ingredients, widely known as GMOs, remains a source of anxiety for some Americans despite the scientific studies that say they pose no health threat. Many food makers now voluntarily place “No GMO” labels on...
Flanigan’s a fun, festive spot for family dining

Flanigan’s a fun, festive spot for family dining

MENU Appetizers, soup, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, seafood, chicken, ribs, steak, desserts. ATMOSPHERE Fun and inviting, with a nautical theme and festive tiki-hut patio. You’ll pass by an elegant aquarium and schools of fish figurines as you enter, and comfy wooden booths are scattered across two large rooms. There are several flat-screen TVs playing sporting events, and a full bar...
Memorial Day 2018: Here’s 9 of our favorite breakfast on the beach spots

Memorial Day 2018: Here’s 9 of our favorite breakfast on the beach spots

Memorial Day weekend is almost here. And that means it’s time to hit the beach. What better way to start the day than with a tasty breakfast by the water.  Here are some Palm Beach County eateries where the only thing better than the eggs are the excellent water views (and the perfect place to walk off all those calories): The almond-coated, thick-cut French toast earns raves...
Vegan party: 5 reasons to attend Beets Roots Beats in Palm Beach Gardens

Vegan party: 5 reasons to attend Beets Roots Beats in Palm Beach Gardens

Hey Palm Beach County, listen up! There’s a party happening at Palm Beach Garden’s Hot Yoga Downtown that promises to deliver a fun time, yoga, delicious organic food and live music. Beet Roots Beats is a local vegan dinner by Chef Alex Cheblal, consisting of nine dishes with produce from Kai-Kai Farm and Gratitude Garden plus other organic products will be featured.  Yes, there&rsquo...
Bye, Chickpea. Hello, Anzo.  New restaurant comes to West Palm

Bye, Chickpea. Hello, Anzo.  New restaurant comes to West Palm

When word got out that The Chickpea in downtown West Palm was moving, that was just part of the story. Not only did the casual, bowl-centric restaurant relocate, it opened under a new name and concept.  Meet Anzo, Clematis Street’s newest spot. The original Chickpea restaurant, which opened its West Palm location next to Field of Greens in 2014, was a popular build-your-own-meal...
It costs a lot to be a wineaux

It costs a lot to be a wineaux

There are two types of people in the food world: Those who are really, seriously into wine, and those who are not. I am not, which is probably why I was so intrigued by a new book by Margaret Rand, “101 Wines to Try Before You Die.” With the thought of my inevitable death thus thrown so cavalierly in my face, I thought I could really use a glass of wine. Fortunately, I had a book in front...
You can finally have your cookie, and eat it too

You can finally have your cookie, and eat it too

Yesterday marked the launch of Nui Foods LLC, a new company offering a variety of delicious cookies that are low carb, gluten free, and contain only two grams of sugar per serving. Formerly known as Keto Kookie, the Nui brand stands for greatness and abundance, and its new products offer a delicious way to resist those devious sweet cravings on-the-go – it’s a great treat without the cheat...
How Goose Island sale to Anheuser-Busch changed craft beer is detailed in new book

How Goose Island sale to Anheuser-Busch changed craft beer is detailed in new book

There’s no more fascinating brewery in America — or possibly the world — than Goose Island Beer Co. Across its 30 years, Chicago’s oldest brewery has been on the leading edge of beer (it pioneered aging imperial stout in bourbon barrels) and business (its 2011 sale to Anheuser-Busch InBev launched a wild new era of the beer industry). When I started writing about beer for the...
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