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Tomato Time

Time for a repost of what was one of the first stories I wrote. It was originally published in 2007. Heinz seems proud to boast of 57 varieties of ketchup, but did you realize that there are actually 10,000 varieties of tomatoes? My favorite is the Sungold, a tiny, orange sphere of heaven. Popping them in […]

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Auction Napa Valley

I fully subscribe to the axiom that life is too short to drink bad wine. “Bad” is, of course, a subjective term and certainly subject to financial considerations. But one foolproof way to drink really good wine is to go to the Napa Valley wine auction, which I was fortunate to do at the beginning of the month. To […]

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China Chilcano, Washington, DC

I’m a fan of José Andrés, and have consistently enjoyed exciting and unique fare at all of his restaurants. I remember when I first went to Oyamel (Mexican) and Jaleo (Spanish) and was so impressed with the quality of the fare, and then Zaytinya (Mediterranean), where I was blown away by the creativity and execution. […]

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My Dinner with Ferran Adrià

Okay, so he wasn’t at my table. But I was fortunate to be a part of a dinner for 30 in Chef Ferran Adrià’s honor at the Nelson-Atkins Museum on Monday evening. (If you don’t know who he is, Google “el Bulli”. Suffice to say, many consider Adrià to be the world’s great chef.) It was held in […]

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Corn Tortillas

Now that I know how easy it is to make homemade tortillas, I can’t believe I haven’t made them before. Spurred on by the gift of a tortilla press from my son and daughter-in-law, I recently made quesadillas using homemade corn tortillas. When I first received the press, I made the mistaken assumption that this was a […]

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Caramel Crunch Bars

Dorie Greenspan knows what she’s doing. Easier than it looks, this is a great holiday treat, for young and older palates alike. http://www.scrumptiousphotography.com/2009/02/caramel-crunch-bars-tuesdays-with-dorie.html  

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Turkey Tidbits

Back by popular demand, a post from last year’s holiday season. Every year a debate rages on as to whether to stuff the Thanksgiving bird or not. There’s really no good reason to do it (except that it looks cool) and many reasons  not to, the most important of which is that it’s not necessarily […]

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Seasons and Square

Andrea Morrow Joseph is a woman on a mission. She is filling her new spice and home goods shop with high quality, unique and and artisanal products, with an enthusiasm and obvious passion that has everyone who enters the store rooting for her success. Not only is she selling many items that aren’t available elsewhere in […]

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Powell Garden Missouri Barn Dinner with Chef Craig Howard

I haven’t had the motivation to write lately; perhaps it’s the laziness that summer induces. But I have to give a shout out to a very unique and creative dinner I attended last week at Powell Gardens. Fittingly, Chef Craig Howard of Howard’s Organic Fare and Vegetable Patch was the guest chef, and he cooked […]

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The Butcher of Panzano

In honor of Dario’s visit to Kansas City this week, I’m reprinting this article. Do yourself a favor and book a dinner with him at Michael Smith while he’s here! If you are in Tuscany, make whatever detour necessary to get to Panzano. A tiny town in the middle of Chianti, it’s home to a […]

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