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All About Oils
We often begin the cooking process with oil. Like salt and pepper, it is such a requisite ingredient that we often do not really give it much thought. But that is precisely why we should. There are...


As American As . . . Tacos?
Sunday morning crossword puzzle, Fourth of July edition. Four down, two across. Clue: “As American as…” If you were born in this country, or maybe even if you weren’t, the answer to that line...


Preserve, Our Independence
With gas prices going up and food prices going up and the cost of everything going up, my trips to the grocery store have become very stringent. I don’t allow myself to purchase luxury items, and always,...


Adding Fresh Herbal Flavors to Your Slow Cooking
Fresh herbs are a wonderful way to add flavor to any dish. There is nothing better than growing your own herb garden in the warmer months, so you can add home grown herbs to your cooking at a moment’s...


On the Side, All Fired Up
Barbecue. Grill-out. Cook-out. Whatever part of the country you hail from and whatever words to use to describe it, the warm weather tradition of taking the kitchen to the great outdoors is as old as...


Can't Stand the Heat? It's All Cool in the Kitchen
They tell me it has been unseasonably hot here in So Cal the last week. I wish I could confirm or deny that rumor, but sunstroke has left me a little delirious and thus my opinion can hardly be trusted....


Light Up July Fourth With Sparkling Fruit Pizza
Whether this Fourth of July finds you under a starry sky watching fantastic fireworks or hanging out in the backyard with family and friends while the kids showcase a homespun sparkler show, it may seem...


Ladyfinger-Do (Dah-Do): The Sovereignty of Hair
Independence Day looms, which mean it's almost time for outdoor grilling, gathering with friends and family, and lighting fire crackers. And when I think of firecrackers, I think of 80s hairdos from middle...


As American as Corn on the Cob, Potato Salad, and a Hot Fudge Sundae
It’s the 4th of July and like any good American, you’re getting ready to grill some burgers and hot dogs, right? Well, before you make all your cooking plans, consider highlighting the foods that are...


New Food of the Month: Key Limes
July’s new food of the month packs a lot of punch into a little package, for it offers not only a cool and refreshing taste, but also an interesting history: the Key lime. Share this tidbit with the...


Knee High by the Fourth of July
Every gentleman farmer knows that corn in the fields should be knee high by the fourth of July. It’s an eagerly anticipated sign that the corn crop is on schedule for maturing on time. Our sweet corn...


The United States of Burgers
It is difficult to think of a food that better reflects the diversity of America than the burger. The hamburger, just like the constantly changing face of America, has evolved well beyond the patty of...


Independence For Your Veggies Too!
Well, it's that time of year again. Time to lug home a big bag of charcoal and spark up the grill, and if you're lucky enough to live in a place where minor explosives are legal, don't forget to buy some...


Mint Juleps Make the Mark
Ah, if anything evokes thoughts of a sunny summer, it’s sitting outside sipping mint juleps out of silver cups under a cabana striped umbrella by the pool waiting for the barbeque to heat up, right?...


All-American Slow Cooking
On our most patriotic holiday, we honor our heritage by cooking all-American favorite foods such as grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, barbecued ribs, barbecued chicken, corn on the cob and coleslaw. And...


Mint: One Man's Weed Is Another Man's Mojito
Mint might be misunderstood. On one hand, it is an invasive weed that stubbornly grows in the yards of even the most black-thumbed gardeners and threatens to take over the herb gardens of the green thumbed....