Tips For A Faster, Easier Holiday Feast


This was written for Thanksgiving, but it applies equally well to any big holiday dinner. Thanksgiving dinner can be a maddening experience for many people, and it’s getting worse as fewer people cook with any regularity. (When I was food editor for the San Jose Mercury News, a reader called …

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All About Them, Including Cooking Tips and Recipes The term “As American as apple pie” should probably be changed to “As American as cranberries” because cranberries are one of the three fruits native to North America (along with blueberries and Concord grapes.) As the Ocean Spray cranberry people say, “They …

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If you are looking for a restaurant with food that grabs you by the lapels and shouts “this is awesome!” Mica may not be your place. A good thing, actually. Yianni Arhontoulis, who has taken over the heralded Mica (sans liquor license) from previous owner Chip Roman, uses top notch, …

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What is Beaujolais Nouveau and why all the fuss? First let’s talk about non-Nouveau or “regular” Beaujolais. Beaujolais is a light and fruity red wine made from the Gamay grape, technically Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc, though a small amount of chardonnay-based white Beaujolais Blanc is produced. Most Beaujolais is …

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Han Dynasty


The Han Dynasty in China lasted for four centuries. The Han Dynasty restaurant chain (named for its founder, Han Chiang) may not last that long, but with eight locations in 10 years and another in the works, it may keep going for some time. The Manayunk outpost, in an historic …

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