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  • Cuisine: The Roly Poly and the good old potato salad Published 10/22/2007 at 8:40 p.m. 0 comments

    I was watching a late movie, one of those Edwardian things from the BBC with a lovely young governess rushing through dim passages with a candle, her taffeta skirts making a delicious rustle, the handsome lord of the manor— a ...

  • Cuisine: Home cooking made international Published 10/22/2007 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Growing up in an Italian neighborhood of Chicago, Palma Klein thought the whole world and everyone in it was Italian, and was very surprised to discover otherwise when she ventured out.

  • Cuisine: As Casey Stengel once said, ‘You could look it up’ Published 10/16/2007 at 12:28 p.m. 0 comments

    Mostly, these days, I get e-mail instead of letters in the post. Often they ask for recipes, which I’m happy to supply, and sometimes they furnish me with new ones.

  • Cuisine: Talk about your childhood wishes Published 10/9/2007 at 11:03 a.m. 0 comments

    The year 1992 was a very good one for local glass artist Stan Saran. Gulfshore Life’s Annual Design Guide of Southwest Florida profiled him as an outstanding artist, and Cooks magazine featured one of his fanciful accessory pieces, a replication ...

  • Cuisine: To market, to market Published 10/2/2007 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments

    PBS recently carried a program about farmers’ markets which started me thinking about how many I’ve visited here and abroad. I always love the museums and cathedrals and other tourist attractions, but high on my list is the local market.

  • Cuisine: From the land of milk and honey Published 9/25/2007 at 11:03 a.m. 0 comments

    Local stores recently featured fresh figs from California, and I turned some into my favorite jam. Too bad they come to market so seldom.

  • Cuisine: A tough road to the top Published 9/18/2007 at 12:14 p.m. 0 comments

    There used to be a television show on which contestants were handed large brown bags of groceries and allowed an hour to prepare a meal with them. Such a task faces competitors for the Certified Master Chef award at the ...

  • Cuisine: Starting the day out right Published 9/11/2007 at 11:48 a.m. 0 comments

    Somebody once convinced me to get up at the crack of dawn to send my family off with a good breakfast, even when I had to turn around and hit the road to work myself.

  • Cuisine: Getting to the top in a crowded field Published 9/4/2007 at 12:18 p.m. 0 comments

    The consensus among professionals today is that the best restaurant in the country is the French Laundry in Napa Valley, California.

  • Cuisine: Two different paths to Florida Published 8/28/2007 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments

    Andy DeFino is a popular barber on the island, and his wife Evelyn is known as a hard-working ice cream scooper as well as steady volunteer at the Bargain Basket. Andy does the cooking, though he admits that Evelyn can ...

  • Cuisine: The experts talk about food and tools Published 8/21/2007 at 11:18 a.m. 0 comments

    My friend Doris Reynolds, Naples historian and food writer, once told me that she would bar the door with her body if burglars tried to take her food processor.

  • Cuisine: The spiciest company in Miami Published 8/14/2007 at 1:49 p.m. 0 comments

    José Badia left Spain in 1960 for Miami and new business opportunities, and formed a partnership in a hardware store there.

  • Cuisine: Eleven years after the boat Published 8/7/2007 at 11:11 a.m. 0 comments

    Judy Perez and I were reminiscing about the fall of 1996 when she and her husband Arturo took over the space formerly occupied by a catering service and small restaurant.

  • Cuisine: As our mothers might have done it Published 7/31/2007 at 10:49 a.m. 0 comments

    Historians are fond of saying that the defining event of the 20th century in our history was the second World War. In terms of how many Americans were affected, there is nothing to compare with it. Certainly nothing was more ...

  • Cuisine: It really, really tastes good Published 7/24/2007 at 10:14 a.m. 0 comments

    I know I’ve told the story of a friend who said he hated asparagus, artichokes and avocados because nothing that color could possibly taste good. Well, many of us think he got it wrong, but still there are people who ...

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