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The pretzel crosses its arms in the universal sign language for "no way." In fact, "pretzel" comes from "crossed arms." But it's not the surly sort. Salty, sure. Knotted, often. Hard, sometimes. Never surly. The pretzel is easygoing. Good with beer. Good...
Tags: Salt, Kosher Salt, Baking Powder, Chad, Butterfly Ballots
Nora Ephron knew good. She celebrated, ever so cleverly, the pleasures of the balanced vinaigrette, key-lime pie, pastrami sandwich and true — if unexpected — love. She had her prejudices too. No patience for disheveled hair or, strangely,...
Tags: Salt, Cheddar Cheese, Nutmeg, Heavy Cream, Quiche
Pickles lead mysterious lives, trolling the briny depths. They seem content shoulder-to-shoulder in their tight-packed school, treading their bracken aquarium, perhaps for years on end. Every now and then the pickle fisherman descends two brave fingers...
Tags: Salt, Cucumbers, Lifestyle and Leisure, Fishing, Pickles
The cloud is a lovely, puffy companion that lends a friendly feeling to the landscape. Unless it's a dark rain-dense cloud, in which case it casts a menacing shadow. Either way, it never occurred to me to file my recipes in a cloud. Which is what the...
Tags: Salt, Foods and Beverages, Soups, Lifestyle and Leisure, Bacon
The storm blew over a tree and the tree knocked out the electricity and the electricity — or lack of it — shut down the air conditioning. You'd think that air conditioning would maintain a positive attitude — that it would keep on...
The zombie apocalypse strikes many with fear, but I'm all for it. I've seen the upside. Consider the blender. It works hard, blending. Grimy work. After a long day on the countertop, it needs a bath. And yet, should the kitchen human wet a sponge and...
The cupcake was once all innocence: a stub of cake, a swirl of frosting. On a dressy day, adorned with a sprinkle. It worked the birthday-party circuit for the under-6 crowd. It didn't mind. It was the sidekick, junior, the kid in the pastel pan liner....
The story begins with "Once upon a time;" the recipe begins with "Onions." Both have the same effect: to set the mood. Onions get right to work scenting the kitchen savory, flavoring the oil sweet, deepening the color and complexity of the dish as it...
Clafouti is sprinkled with conflict. That, and powdered sugar. There's the clafouti versus clafoutis conundrum, which sets carefree final s-less Anglophones against stalwart s-conscious Francophones. There's the free-thinking naked-flan contingent...
Tags: Salt, Raspberries, Cherries, Butter
The margarita was invented by a Mexican bartender with time and lime on hand. He shook up tequila, lime juice and orange liqueur and handed it to a charming patron. Then named the drink after her: Margarita. Or not. Maybe it was invented in Texas. Or San...
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