How to braise vegetables and bring out their best flavors

To braise or not to braise, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the kitchen to prepare vegetables with low heat and little moisture, or to use another technique from one’s culinary bag of...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Food

The Soup Palette returns to Durango

Like a Renaissance fresco receiving a fresh restoration, a favorite Durango restaurant has been restored – albeit in a different form – after fading away for a time. Before it closed in January...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2021 | CATEGORY: Food

TikTok’s tortilla trend is basically a quesadilla – with extra fun folded in

Social media food trends come and go. Some are fleeting (remember rainbow bagels?) while others are seemingly here to stay (i.e. all manner of “charcuterie” boards). The latest entrant enjoying its...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Food

Loaded baked potato soup is the simple, luscious bowl of comfort I crave in colder months

I am not crazy for soup like some people. They could eat it every day, long for it and rave about the latest soup recipe they’ve discovered. For me, other than gumbo, which I’ll eat any day, any...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Food

Vegetarian wontons are a delight to eat in this light, fragrant soup

No matter how you consume a wonton, one bite and you understand why the word translates from the Cantonese as “cloud swallow,” as Grace Young writes in her masterful book “The Wisdom of the Chinese...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Food

How to substitute for alcohol in cooking and baking

There are a number of reasons alcohol is off-limits for some people when cooking or baking, such as an allergy or an inability to use it when preparing food for children or those who might be in...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Food

The debate between cast-iron haters and loyalists is as enduring as the pan itself

Cast-iron pans have a storied place in American home cooking. The hefty, glossy black workhorses have plenty of attributes: They hold heat like champs, can put a crusty sear on a steak and they...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Food

Marinate Camembert, Czech-style, for your next low-effort snack

I’m sitting in a crowded pub in Prague. It’s warmly lit, cozy and a little smoky. My band has just completed its first European tour, and we’re celebrating with our Czech driver and tour manager,...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Food

New tipping rules will help restaurant owners and hurt workers, advocates say

Depending on who is reviewing them, America’s new tipping regulations will either help bridge the historic pay gap between servers and line cooks, as well as clarify practices that have resulted in...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Food

I was an air fryer skeptic, but now it’s the only thing that gets me excited about pandemic cooking

If I applied Marie Kondo’s simple yet polarizing question to my kitchen appliances, only my air fryer would make the cut. It has undeniably sparked a particular kind of pandemic joy: the pleasures...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2021 | CATEGORY: Food

Why you’ll always find sweetened condensed milk in my kitchen

A number of kitchen staples have helped me get through the last almost 10 months of working and parenting at home. They include quesadillas (with black beans from my Instant Pot), sourdough...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Food

The best food books of 2020 that will get you thinking, not cooking

No single thread connects my favorite food books (as opposed to cookbooks) of 2020, other than the fact that, perhaps, each author has no stomach for conventional thinking or even conventional...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

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