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Brian’s Potato Salad ala Hungary

We have just had the summer solstice and now, officially now, is the season for barbecue and all the side dishes that tradition dictates we bring to the table: beans, slaw, cornbread, potato salad, … Ah, potato salad. Many of us grew up on that mayo-and-hard-boiled-egg-and-celery recipe, but there are options aplenty. For your consideration,…

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Red Pepper Hummus with Smoked Paprika

Suzen and I have become hummus purists, in the sense that we now know how to prepare perfect, velvety, just-so-slightly lemony hummus. And while we are not heretics, we still believe in hummus diversity. Rose Elliot, a widely acclaimed British author, has just collected her best vegetarian recipes into The Best of Rose Elliot: The…

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It’s Pepper, Not Salt: Rimming Your Glass with High Heat

You may be asked if your margarita glass should come with salt. I always say, “No, sugar instead please.” It draws stares. I feel, well, like people think I’m some kind of sugar addict. How, how very degrading. I don’t care if it’s true. It’s still degrading. I have to change, if not in restaurants,…

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Garlic and Paprika Rubbed Roast Chicken from Arthur Schwartz

Ethnic cookbooks are often filled with techniques and recipes that will make you smile even before the food hits your plate. You may see something you suddenly remember your grandmother made. Or, you may discover the origins of a technique that has become a world favorite. Arthur Schwartz’s Jewish Home Cooking delights Suzen with this…

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