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The First Day of the Rest of Our Lives

I’ve been working on something for about a month now, that’s very personal, and very important to me. It could change not just my entire life, but the lives of my whole family. And it’s high time I told you about it, because I need your help to make it work. As most of our… 

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Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

We get a lot of emails from people, pitching ideas for stories for this site. Some are sent by PR people, and their suggestions run the gamut from “mildly interesting” (“Foie Gras and You: Applying Rudimentary Food Ethics to Things That Are Delicious”) to the numbingly boring (“Chef Smorgasbord has written a cookbook called, ‘100… 

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Hazelnut Brownies with Espresso Mascarpone Cream

Hazelnut Brownies with Espresso Mascarpone Cream

There’s a quiet, leafy corner of New Haven where time stands still. Walk through a wrought iron gate into another world, down Wooster Street and back into a twentieth century America of Italian immigrants and working class families. My family often went there to visit our city cousins to share a few apizzas at Sally’s or Pepe’s, rival parlors… 

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Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie

Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie

I am having a hard time coming to grips with the switch from summer to fall. It’s not that I don’t love fall. I adore fall. The fall air has healing powers. It is crisp and cleansing, burning just a bit when it enters your nose and hits the back of your throat. Everything buzzes… 

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Sea Salted Caramel Apples

Sea Salted Caramel Apples

I am getting ready for the infamous Cumberland County Fair Apple Pie Contest. I am nervous excited and need an outlet. I have been obsessively baking pies. Starting with my Almost Award-Winning Apple Pie recipe from last year, I have been making small tweaks. Will it be better if I reduce the cinnamon by half… 

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Pan Seared Pork Chops with Pickled Peppers

8 Inspiring Ideas for Reinventing Pork Chops

I love pork chops. Actually, I’ll correct that. I LOVE ME SOME PORK CHOPS. They’re super cheap, pack tons of flavor, and any time I can eat an animal’s fat…I’m on board. Sometimes, though, your standard-issue pork chops aren’t the most inspiring ingredient. Once you’ve pan fried them, then pan fried them again, then pan… 

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Umami Dusted Burger

Umami-Dusted Burgers with Port Wine and Stilton

When Umami Burger founder Adam Fleischman launched the first outpost of his now-famous burger chain back in 2009, it was with a simple goal. Fleischman was determined to bring “umami,” the so-called “fifth taste,” to the American burger landscape. Umami describes a savory, satisfying flavor, distinct from the salty, sweet, sour, or bitter flavors we… 

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Thai Coconut Curry Corn Soup

Thai Coconut Curry Corn Soup

I could go on about the perfection of fall for another forty years, and probably I will. Fall makes you feel. Eliot is of course right about spring, specifically April, mixing memory with desire. September, conversely, combines longing with nostalgia. It’s the same sort of sensations only deeply different. All things seem possible, hopeful in the autumn…. 

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Pasta with Poached Eggs

Tri-Color Penne with Creamy Ricotta (and a Poached Egg)

Malcolm and I moved in together for the first time in the summer of 2000. We sublet a one bedroom apartment from a graduate student that was convenient to my job at the head shop and Rudy’s, our favorite neighborhood dive bar. There was a crappy pizza joint up the street, where we went every… 

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