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Thick Thai-style seafood chowder for a cold day

Somehow the middle of a cold, dank, dark November seems exactly the moment to cook up a pan of seafood chowder full of tropical Asian flavors: ginger, curry, lime, garlic, and cilantro. It’s like putting the promise of Spring into your mouth. This hearty, … Continue reading

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Rhubarb and raspberry had a baby and it made a wine

Not everybody is a rhubarb fan. Once upon a time, it was valued up there with apes, ivory, and peacocks, spices rare and unguents magical, but in the US, where I live and eat, rhubarb has always been regarded as … Continue reading

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Quick ‘n’ dirty crab ‘n’ corn soup: a tump recipe

*tump: [white trash] 1: v open a bunch of cans and boxes and tump ‘em together 2: adj quick and dirty, quantities and proportions flexible 3: warning, don’t tell your doctor you’re eating this I got this recipe from Greg … Continue reading

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Aldi’s Hot Smoked Salmon

Hot smoked salmon? I’ve never heard of this. Or maybe it’s just that I tend to focus on the better known cold smoked salmon that typically graces bagels and brunch plates. But hot smoked is just that; a piece of … Continue reading

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Bar Harbor Smoked Kippers

Tis the season to be fishy! While Christmas is almost a month away, I love planning a Fest of the Seven Fishes. Yes, at this house that includes Goldfish crackers and Swedish Fish, but I won’t judge you if you … Continue reading

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Breckenridge Brewery Autumn Ale

Welcome to the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! No, not the holiday season; the arrival of dark beers. Huzzah! And this ale is a lovely start to my dark beer season. Pouring the brew gets you a khaki colored … Continue reading

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Shiner Oktoberfest

It’s Fall!  And yes, that means Decorative Gourd Season, but it also means all things Fall-y, including Oktoberfests and Halloweenie. Even Texas brewery Shiner has gotten in on the action, delivering an easy to quaff Marzen (a German beer style … Continue reading

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Chorizo empanadas

I learned that hand pies are universal through my English-foodie friends. It never occurred to me that the “meat pies” I read of so extensively in English novels are actually a version of what we called “pot pies” – those nasty, … Continue reading

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Chewy grains and sausage casserole

Well, that didn’t work. I tried adapting a recipe yesterday and it was a total frost. The right way to cook this recipe creates a great side dish for a pot luck, or a solid meal for two with leftovers. The … Continue reading

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Nordi by Fazer Finnish chocolate bars

This basic 70% bar is up against a lot of challengers, but it measures nicely. The mouthfeel is smooth and cool. The flavor didn’t knock my socks off – you don’t expect that with a 70% cacao bar – but … Continue reading

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