Nacho perfection

Nachos are the perfect food. Prepare them perfectly: Line the tray. Scraping melted cheese off a dish or tray is no way to end an evening. Line your tray with heavy duty aluminum foil. Thin chips. The heavy-gut-guilt of a bad tray of nachos comes...
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You’re not eating enough Georgian food

I was introduced to Georgian food on a trip to Moscow, and ever since I’ve been marveling that there isn’t a Georgian restaurant in every city in America. (Maybe it’s the confusion between the Republic of Georgia and the land of peach...
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Everything tastes better with umami

The secret to my amazing chili? A quarter-cup of Worcestershire sauce. Why is Caesar salad dressing so good? Parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and (I hope!) anchovies. I spent years loving umami-rich foods without understanding why. It’s...
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Fennel salt, you make me happy

What's wrong with America, where there's no cheap, simple pleasure we don't turn into an expensive, complicated pleasure? I don't know, but I'm going along, at least in regards to salt. Murray River Pink Salt Flakes are a difference you can taste...
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Kitchen gadgets I don’t regret

Is there any richer mine of innovation than the kitchen? Is there any more prodigious fount of useless stuff than a kitchen gadget blog? And why do I have to have it all? In the spirit of giving, I present some purchases that actually worked out:...
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