Category Archives: Eating

How to do Thanksgiving right

This year we got super lazy and did not brine our turkey, did not lay in fresh cranberries, and most of all did not make elaborate social plans. Yet as the day dawns bright and snowy I have no doubt … Continue reading

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What to do with tomatillos (Mexican green tomatoes)

Tomatillos, also known as Mexican green tomatoes, are actually a relative of the gooseberry which grows fruit covered with a similar papery husk. But they behave very much like tomatoes in recipes while adding a tartness all their own. Another … Continue reading

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Coping with climate change at Terra Firma Farm

If you grow vegetables in your garden and are never sure what you’re going to get, you can sympathize with the guys at Terra Firma Farm. They’re the grandpappy of California organic farms, started in the late 1980s on land … Continue reading

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Where to eat lunch in Saratoga Springs, NY

Welcome to my fellow bloggers who are in town for Wordcamp on October 11, 2014. The following list is not exhaustive but covers the spots I recommend. These are quick, grab-a-bite places so sit-down spots are not included (though some … Continue reading

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Vinegar Peppers

We’ve talked about sport peppers and Pastene ground peppers and Crystal hot sauce, but vinegar peppers deserve their own post. They’re an Italian American specialty item in which greem bell peppers are pickled in a mild white vinegar bath. The … Continue reading

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“Cooking with Fire” with Paula Marcoux

Paula Marcoux is an archeologist and food historian who has studied ancient food preparation at remote sites in the middle east and the Nordic countries. She visited Healthy Living Market a few weeks ago and talked about fire roasting and … Continue reading

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Saratoga Wine & Food Festival leaves satisfactory aftertaste

Last weekend’s Saratoga Wine and Food Festival seemed a bit more laid back than in prior years. The crowds were just a bit lighter and as a result the lines were short and there was plenty of room for standing … Continue reading

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The 2014 Saratoga Wine & Food Festival is THIS WEEKEND

Yesterday I found a parking spot in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York. That means two things: the track season is over. And the annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival is coming up fast. This year’s event snuck up on us … Continue reading

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Why I love Crystal Hot Sauce

Do a web search for “Crystal vs Tabasco” and you’ll find lots of Louisiana stories about how one po-boy restaurant uses one, another the other as a matter of personal preference. Buy two bottles and try them side by side … Continue reading

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Gourmet vs. Gourmand Litmus Test

Are you a gourmet who eats slowly and deliberately to enjoy the nuances of the food? Or a gourmand who gets so much pleasure from the process you like to shovel food into your mouth with both hands? Here’s a … Continue reading

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