Beer and Food Matching

beer and dessert from craftbeerDOTcom

Some months ago I had a delightful dinner at Gramercy Tavern in New York that included poached lobster with turnips and daikon; duck breast with white sweet potato and sherry maple endive; a selection of farmhouse cheeses; and bittersweet chocolate mousse with hazelnut brittle for dessert. The food was paired …

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Care for a fig?

When it comes to figs, Americans are of two minds. On one hand, one of America’s favorite cookies, the Fig Newton, is made with dried figs. On the other hand, comparatively few people have ever tasted fresh figs. Somehow the popularity of fresh figs in the Mediterranean didn’t make its …

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Grills and Thrills

If you’re only grilling hot dogs and hamburgers this summer, you’re missing out on a lot more food that can be cooked outside. Like what? Like cranberry-apple cake and peach crisp, both of which I’ve done on the grill and which prompted my guests to exclaim “You cooked that on …

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Slight of Hand: A Mano


The restaurant’s name is A Mano (by hand), but maybe it should be called Il Segreto (the secret). Because, as of this writing, there is no menu on the web site. Or web site. Or sign on this small corner space at 23rd and Fairmount. A Mano, which opened at …

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Fresh Mozzarella? fuggedaboudit


For most folks, mozzarella means pizza covered with a gooey melted mass of cheese appreciated more for elasticity than flavor. Like cheddar, mozzarella—second to cheddar as America’s most popular cheese—has been industrialized. Today the vast majority of mozzarella is lifeless and rubbery with a shelf life measured in presidential terms. …

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Kiwifruit Salad

strawberries and kiwi by fraserelliot on flickr

This recipe is from my article All About Kiwifruit. Since kiwifruit is often described as having elements of citrus, strawberry and melon, we decided to put them all together for an intense kiwi experience. 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons lemon juice 
1 tablespoon mild vinegar such as …

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