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Posted 02/15/2013

Kids Can Cook!

Flynn McGarry, a fourteen year old touted by the New Yorker as the world’s youngest Chef, made his debut at BierBeisl in Beverly Hills in January 2012. The epicurious teen credits the discovery of his prepubescent passion to Mom McGarry when, at the age of ten, he discovered that not only  ”did she not like to cook” but that when she did, “she just wasn’t very good at it.” No disrespect. Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/14/2013

National Drink Wine Day

I don’t know who’s in charge of making up fake holidays, but I’m happy to partake in National Drink Wine Day, which has been celebrated for at least a few years now on February 18. This year, let’s try something a bit different. Today I’m going to focus on a few suggestions from a local South Florida winery. “South Florida Wine? You can’t even grow grapes in South Florida!” Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/12/2013

Ingredients 101: San Marzano Tomatoes

Many of the best Italian dishes are based on the principles of putting together a few quality ingredients and not manipulating them too much; in other words, they let the ingredients shine. Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/12/2013

Pairing Sauce With Pasta

If you live in Italy, the best way to get the neighbors to gossip about you is by serving pasta with the wrong sauce. Sure, there are over 600 different types of Italian pasta, but without the sauce nobody will want to eat the dish. While food naturally pairs better with certain wines, so too certain pastas pair better with certain sauces. Pici wants ragù, for example and that’s how Italians see it. Basta. Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/08/2013

Moving? Don’t know where your wine opener is? I’ve got you covered.

I recently relocated. Beyond what fit in my truck around the carrier for one oversized, excessively furry cat, all of my posessions spent a few weeks under the guardianship of Wheaton van lines. Stumbling into the Trader Joe’s in my new city, desperate for a brief respite from my environs–which looked like Hoarders after the movers left–I zombie-shuffled my way to the wine aisle. And then realized I had no idea where my wine opener was. Now what was I going to drink? Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/08/2013

“I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts…”

“…Deedlee, Dee”

Zazu, the red-billed hornbill bird in the movie The Lion King was spot-on when he sang about coconuts being “lovely”.

Coconut, especially coconut oil, has been gaining intense popularity lately and for good reason. This saturated fat if chock full of lauric acid, which when in the body is “converted into monolaurin, a compound that is highly toxic to viruses, bacteria, funguses and other microorganisms.” Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/04/2013

Restaurant Review: Italian Markets in San Francisco

James “Tick” Falletti has been working hard for his family’s San Francisco grocery business since he was just ten years old: “I started in 1957,” he explains. “Though at that point, I just walked around [the market] with my father and uncle and was paid with a 50-cent toy off the toy rack.” Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/04/2013

Farm-to-Farm (or Composting)

Think of this as the farm-to-farm movement, or composting. Picking up fruits and vegetables, incorporating kitchens, tables, and sporks, and heading right back into the soil, the act of composting has been biodegrading since prehistoric farmers roamed the earth. Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/04/2013

We Hail Kale!

Nutrition news headlines sing the same tune when it comes to filling up on leafy greens. Regrettably, people tend to turn towards the ever-popular Iceberg and Romaine lettuces when they do decide to munch on greens. Continue Reading…

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