Category Archives: Cooking

Pisco, Pachamanca, and Alligator Pears: Peruvian Food at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

This year’s Folklife Festival was constrained in both space and scope.  Squeezed onto the Mall between 3rd and 4th Streets, it focused on only one subject: Peru.  But, just as a magnifying glass may concentrate attention on a small but … Continue reading

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Chefs But No Demos At The Gaithersburg Book Festival

Quiz: which local book festival is held outside (in the lovely-weather, low-humidity Spring); attracts nationally-known authors; and has free parking? That event that used to be down on the Mall only has the author thing in common with the Gaithersburg … Continue reading

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So Good! Cooking with Chestnut Puree

I don’t usually use this blog to brag, but I just made such a good supper that I couldn’t resist. I had a spaghetti squash that I needed a sauce for, and some cooked chicken, half a can of diced … Continue reading

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What Chefs Talk About When They Talk To Each Other: Chef Connect: Baltimore 2015

Every profession has professional associations, and most professional associations have get-togethers. Meet and mingle, network, see the latest gadgets and raw materials, learn the trends and how to exploit them; in short, become better at what you do – that’s … Continue reading

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Back Up to New York City: The 2014 Fancy Food Show, Part 2: Events On the Floor and Off the Wall

There were some tasty events happening on the show floor. I met Nancy Radke among an impressive array of opened wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano at a booth in the Italian neighborhood. “Coming to the Parm cracking at the Rogers Collection … Continue reading

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Back Up to New York City: The 2014 Fancy Food Show, Part 1: World Tour in a Day (or Three)

For some reason, I found the most interesting booths and events at this year’s show were those from outside the USA. The World Cup may have had something to do with it, but as this report describes my subjective view … Continue reading

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Sounds Good AND Tastes Great – Appetite at Strathmore Part 2: Everything Else: Saturday

Saturday at Appetite at Strathmore was packed with events, so many simultaneously that missing something good seemed unavoidable – however, we soldiered on into the fray, thankful for what we could experience. Which turned out to be very satisfying. We … Continue reading

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Sounds Good AND Tastes Great – Appetite at Strathmore, Part 1: Giada!

Previously known as one of the outstanding venues for music and performance in Montgomery County, Strathmore has taken a leap into the world of the taste buds with “Appetite – A Gastronomic Experience,” two days of talking, cooking and sampling … Continue reading

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The Next Best Thing To Eating

The “Feast Your Eyes” Exhibit at Annmarie Garden, and a Related Book Talk Books That Cook edited by Jennifer Cognard-Black and Melissa A. Goldthwaite, New York University Press, 2014. Jennifer Cognard-Black could have filled the hour by lecturing on the … Continue reading

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Fun Guys and Fungi

You, too can be a mushroom farmer – at least for 10 days at a clip. I met Nikhil Arora, one of the founders of Back to the Roots, at the Fancy Food Show. This company was founded by Nikhil … Continue reading

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