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Diner: Kansas City Quest

Judging a canning contest becomes an excuse to sample barbeque

0 Comments · Thursday, May 9, 2002
I love humorist Calvin Trillin. He doesn't give a damn about what people say when he visits small South American countries just to sample the fish. The rest of us have to make excuses for our exc  

Diner: Special Delivery

The deliciousness of giving a gift of food

0 Comments · Thursday, April 11, 2002
I don't remember where we kids found the glossy, hypercolored publication that year. Maybe in one of the bathrooms, where my father could lock the door and study the lurid photos in relative priv  

Diner: A Taste of Russia

A culinary excursion to a new cuisine

0 Comments · Thursday, March 14, 2002
The nights are cold, my job sucks, and cabbage is the freshest thing in the produce aisle. Don't bother me. I'm having a Russia moment. They come along every winter, when I look up and remember   

Diner: In a Jam

A misguided escapade in preservation

0 Comments · Thursday, January 3, 2002
There's a secret I keep in my closet, not because I'm ashamed, but because it's the only place to put it. There sits a monument of culinary hubris: 42 pints of homemade strawberry jam. To dispo  

Diner: Food Between Friends

Sharing a plate, sharing a fork -- what's your threshhold?

0 Comments · Thursday, December 6, 2001
When two human beings come together and create a relationship, it's an amazing process, full of mystery and grace. But take that process apart and look at how food factors in, and you'll get a s  

Diner: Edible Improv

Exercise your creative urges in the kitchen

0 Comments · Thursday, November 1, 2001
Food is a funny thing. In the hands of a professional chef, it can be a work of art, an epicurean extravaganza of color, smell, texture, taste, a veritable Rembrandt. But sometimes, in the hands of   

Diner: Food for Thought

The study of food is becoming an academic discipline

0 Comments · Thursday, September 20, 2001
The acronym FSM once meant the Free Speech Movement, the wave of student demonstrations that covered universities in the mid-'60s. These days FSM may be developing a second meaning, one that's takin  

Diner: Fair-Weather Fare

Food stands offer the perfect fuel for the fairground experience

0 Comments · Thursday, September 6, 2001
Next time you go to the fair and stroll down the midway, take a few minutes and soak it up, that rich, slippery smell of gamble, risk and a break from the day-to-day. It's an evocative blend of roll  

Diner: Soft Serve

The romance and coolness of a drive-in

0 Comments · Thursday, August 16, 2001
I recently saw a cooking show on which the chef in charge made ice cream using two Ziploc bags. The larger one he filled with ice and rock salt; in the smaller one he put his cream and sugar. He p  

Diner: Diets for a Small Planet

Thinking about what we eat ... or shouldn't eat

0 Comments · Thursday, July 26, 2001
Hey, all you dieticians, researchers and activists: Listen up. I'm the one you're not reaching. I'm the one in the middle of the bell curve who gets your information and doesn't do anything wi