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The Cooking Shows

The Eating Life

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 16, 2006
I'd never really understood the appeal of cooking shows -- until recently. Now, I find myself fascinated by them, and watch whenever I can, drawn by a mixture of education, entertainment and simple  

Mulberry Trees

The Eating Life

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 21, 2006
When you think of food that grows on trees, a few obvious fruits come to mind: apples, cherries, peaches... But what about mulberries? To the enterprising urban forager, mulberry trees, found acro  

Vegetable Gardeners

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0 Comments · Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Ah, the taste of fresh dirt. I brush some clods of earth from a handful of tiny, just-picked French radishes and devour them, nibbling away like a hungry rabbit. The first bounty of the spring seas  

Maple Syrup

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0 Comments · Wednesday, March 22, 2006
As we approach the end of March, there are signs of spring everywhere -- a lingering light in the evening sky, the thickening of buds on trees and a stirring in the earth as daffodils and crocuses   


The Eating Life

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Where have all the Crock-Pots gone? I think I know: Upstate New York. The place is absolutely crawling with them. I went to Cazenovia, N.Y., to visit a friend last weekend and ended up in the middl  

El Chepil

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0 Comments · Wednesday, January 25, 2006
I received a treasure of a Christmas gift in the mail this year: a handmade, well-used napkin holder from a hole-in-the-wall cantina on a dusty back street in Oaxaca, Mexico. It's a quirky, rustic   

New Year's Resolution

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0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2005
New Year's resolution-making is beneficial to the human spirit. A practice apparently begun millennia ago by the ancient Babylonians, resolutions push us forward in our lives, unleashing the mindfu  

Sora Margherita

The Eating Life

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 23, 2005
November in Cincinnati. I return from a trip to Rome in time to catch one last, lingering bit of summer -- a cluster of warm, sunny afternoons more Mediterranean than Ohio. These lazy days slow my   

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The back kitchen

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2005
It's not hard to figure out where my love of food and eating springs from: The back kitchen of my Italian grandfather's butcher shop in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Some of my most primeval memories are of t