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Tune into the Friday Food Critics on Tuesday 12/22

Tune in on Tuesday to hear the Food Critics, on KCUR’s Walt Bodine Show at 10:00 AM. That’s 89.3 FM, or you can listen on your computer at http://kcur.org/people/walt-bodine. With Christmas on Friday, we’ll be on earlier in the week. The second half topic will focus on special Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinners around […]

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Terrene Restaurant in St. Louis

Terrene means “of the earth”, a very apt name for this eco-friendly restaurant in the Central West End of St. Louis. In addition to the menus being printed on recycled paper, the bar tables were fashioned from office paper (don’t ask me how). Look closely and you’ll see embedded staple and paper clip remains.  But […]

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KCUR Food Critics 11/13/09

Tune in on Friday to hear the Food Critics, on KCUR’s Walt Bodine Show at 10:00 AM. That’s  89.3 FM, or you can listen on your computer at http://www.kcur.org/waltbodine.html. The second half discussion will be all about soup. Join the discussion and let us know where your favorite soups can be found around town.

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Coffee Ice Cream

It’s  no secret that I am a coffee ice cream fiend. With or without chocolate chips, with or with out chocolate sauce.  Except during the holiday season when peppermint ice cream is trotted out, there’s no dessert I’d rather have. But here’s the rub—not many ice cream manufacturers make coffee ice cream, and except for […]

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Farm City by Novella Carpenter

If you would be squeamish to read how pigs or turkeys are slaughtered, this may not be the book for you. But Farm City is a fascinating account of how a woman in an Oakland, CA ghetto turned a vacant lot next door into an urban garden. Novella Carpenter ordered ducks, chicks and turkeys by […]

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Don’t mess with my M&M’s!

My world has been turned upside down. M&M’s have been my favorite candy since my childhood. I remember eating them with abandon while at camp in Minnesota. On our days off, my fellow counselors and I would go to the grocery store in town and eat all the junk food we could amass. M&M’s were […]

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Spice it UP!

Need a little heat in the kitchen? There’s a vast array of condiments on grocery store shelves that will spice up any dish, from soups to entrees. Tabasco is the obvious choice, but what about Sriracha sauce, an oriental hot chili sauce, or Sambal Oelek, a ground fresh chili paste? A dab of either works […]

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ABC’s of Pesto

Pesto is one of life’s greatest delights–whether it is made with arugula, basil, or cilantro. Make up a batch and freeze it in ice cube trays so you’ll always have some on hand: try it as a quick fix for a bland soup; to add a layer of complexity to a sauce; or to perk […]

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Freezer Tips

My son Jason’s housemate in Boston unwittingly gave me the topic for this article. When my husband and I visited Jason over the holidays, Joseph remarked that he had never seen anyone use the freezer as much as Jason does. He agreed that the concept made sense until he saw Jason munch on a homemade […]

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