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  • Cuisine: “I’ll meet you at the diner” — An American institution endures Published 2/20/2008 at 1:02 p.m. 0 comments

    The original Johnson and Wales (J&W) school was founded in 1914 by Gertrude Johnson and Mary Wales in Providence, Rhode Island, to provide business training for young women. From that small beginning, it has grown into a pre-eminent chain of ...

  • Cuisine: Portuguese cuisine a delight — if you are into garlic Published 2/13/2008 at 5:35 p.m. 0 comments

    It was 500 years ago when the Portuguese came to the New World like the Spanish, but their big modern wave of immigration to the northeastern United States took place mostly at the end of the 19 century.

  • Cuisine: A Willy Wonka salute to February Published 2/6/2008 at 6:34 p.m. 0 comments

    With Valentine’s Day approaching, it seems an appropriate time to present to you a fairly recent book by journalist and author Mort Rosenblum, Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light.

  • Cuisine: Call her the Jackie of all trades Published 1/29/2008 at 12:17 p.m. 0 comments

    If you’ve seen a small whirlwind skittering around Marco and wondered what was happening, you’ve probably encountered Jackie Pham, one of the busiest and hardest-working women in Collier County.

  • Cuisine: Going foreign in an American city Published 1/23/2008 at 2:11 p.m. 0 comments

    Several months ago, I wrote an article about an Elderhostel trip to Rhode Island, and I promised more to come. This time I want to take you to the Italian district of Providence, where you will lose your heart.

  • Cuisine: Ginger -- The spice of life Published 1/17/2008 at 11:24 a.m. 0 comments

    Most of us have happy childhood memories of gingerbread men or houses, but the ugly root has an old and honorable lineage unknown to many people.

  • Cuisine: Cheers for a lowly vegetable Published 1/9/2008 at 5:29 p.m. 0 comments

    The humble leek can boast a literary career seldom equaled in the food world. Chaucer wrote of “much-loved leeks” in his Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare used leeks for comic relief in Henry V and they are mentioned in the Bible.

  • Cuisine: My recipes to you Published 1/4/2008 at 12:41 a.m. 0 comments

    This is the time for me to remember all the readers’ questions I never answered in print, and perhaps add a few new ideas for the coming months.

  • Cuisine: Looking in two directions Published 12/27/2007 at 10:52 p.m. 0 comments

    This is always the time of year for reflecting back and looking forward, like the two-faced god Janus for whom our first month was named. He guarded the entrance of the roman home, looking out for intruders and inward to ...

  • Cuisine: Celebrating love, family and cooking — the Italian way Published 12/19/2007 at 11:33 a.m. 0 comments

    Best wishes from me to all the readers. My special gift to you is a childhood Christmas memory, an enduring love story and some great holiday recipes. Enjoy!

  • Cuisine: Dreams still do come true — even in the kitchen Published 12/13/2007 at 12:01 p.m. 0 comments

    Americans are traditionally disposed to cheer the underdog in a fight, and to relish Horatio Alger success stories. This is a heartwarming tale of a young man who may soon become famous, and we can all say we knew him ...

  • Cuisine: Politically correct recipes Published 12/3/2007 at 5:23 p.m. 0 comments

    I thought it would be great fun to find out what recipes some of the leading presidential candidates favor, and I had some very interesting phone conversations while looking into this. The Republicans declined to engage in anything so frivolous, ...

  • Cuisine: You’d better do it yourself Published 11/16/2007 at 3:40 p.m. 0 comments

    I have never made any secret of the fact that cooking from scratch is preferable to buying prepared foods. It was good enough for my father, one of the world’s best cooks, and I had to learn the same way ...

  • Cuisine: Something different for Thanksgiving this year Published 11/13/2007 at 3:42 p.m. 0 comments

    Tired of the traditional Thanksgiving fare? In a quandary for something different or exotic that none of your guests would dream of serving? The following recipes are from a fun to read Creole cookbook.

  • Cuisine: Big recipes from the smallest state Published 11/6/2007 at 12:05 p.m. 0 comments

    During four magical days in late September, I attended an Elderhostel to explore the food and wines of Rhode Island. The weather was spectacular, flowers bloomed everywhere, the guides were knowledgeable and the natives friendly. My beloved Red Sox even ...

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