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September 29, 1993 | By Marcia Cone and Thelma Snyder, FOR THE INQUIRER
During our high school days, hot and spicy flavors weren't as popular as they are now, but both of us sought out hot dog stands that featured their own blends of "hot relish," a mixture of hot and sweet peppers to slather on those dogs. On recent return visits to our homes, we found that some of the stands we had frequented were still in business - and as good as we remembered. Yes, the hot dog might be the plain old steamed variety, but it loses all identity with liberal use of relish - which tells us that we really don't need the hot dogs to savor some very good relish.
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February 17, 1993 | By Helen Witty, FOR THE INQUIRER
In their infinite variety, beans are almost uncountable, particularly when the bean category is understood to include such other legumes as peas and lentils. Which is fortunate, now that this worldwide staple of ingenious and low- cost cookery is glowing ever brighter as a luminary of the Age of Good Nutrition we're enjoying. Old recipes are being dusted off, ethnic ways investigated, and inventiveness put to work, all in aid of the once-lowly bean and its cousins. Apart from breakfast, any meal of the day can be a bean feast.
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December 2, 1992 | by Barbara Gibbons, Special to the Daily News
You probably have in your kitchen right now something that Columbus was looking for. Cinnamon! It was the search for an easier way to get cinnamon, and other exotic spices, that led European explorers into uncharted waters and ultimately to discover the Americas. Did you know that most of the cinnamon we get isn't cinnamon at all, but cassia? Cinnamon and cassia are the dried inner bark of two related evergreen trees in the laurel family. True cinnamon is tan, while cassia is a darker reddish brown, and the more strongly scented of the two. NORMANDY SPICED CHICKEN & RAISINS 2 chicken breasts, split 4 tablespoons raisins (preferably golden)
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September 16, 1992 | By Bev Bennett, FOR THE INQUIRER
Rib-eye steaks topped with a peppery-tasting watercress-butter mixture become even more special when accompanied with a bean mixture called Texas Caviar. STEAK WITH WATERCRESS-SHALLOT BUTTER 1 medium shallot, minced 1 tablespoon minced watercress 4 teaspoons butter, softened 2 small 1-inch-thick rib-eye steaks (each 5 to 6 ounces) Olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Blend together shallot, watercress and butter in bowl. Shape into ball or block and place in freezer while preparing steaks.
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September 4, 1991 | by Phyllis Stein-Novack, Special to the Daily News
During Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown onSunday, Jews throughout the world enjoy certain foods that are symbolic of the new year. Slices from a round challah, or braided egg bread, are dipped in honey to insure a sweet year. Another traditional dish is tzimmes, a concoction of carrots, sweet potatoes and prunes that is served as a side dish. Rich roast capon, brisket of beef or chicken are the usual fare. But with the weather so warm, and especially since Rosh Hashanah falls so early this year (much too hot for matzo ball soup)
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August 18, 1991 | By Andrew Schloss, Special to The Inquirer
Picnics always should be casual and unpretentious. Fuss over them and all the fun goes out. But if they're done with an air of romance and simple elegance, you'll find that there are few styles of entertaining that are more enjoyable. Delicious picnics can be put together in less than an hour with ingredients that most of us have on hand - and the fare doesn't have to be cheese sandwiches and burgers. More elaborate alfresco meals should take no more than a quick shopping trip and a morning in the kitchen.
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March 27, 1991 | by Barbara Gibbons, Special to the Daily News
One of the secrets to flavorful cooking is probably in your refrigerator right now! I'm talking about your jar of mustard, lurking in the dark reaches of the fridge. At only five calories a teaspoon, mustard adds a sweet, sharp flavor that wakes up just about any dish - without being intrusive. CHICKEN DIJON 8 chicken thighs 1 1/2 cups dry white wine 1 tablespoon brown, prepared mustard Small bay leaf Generous pinch of thyme Salt and pepper, to taste 8 small (or 4 medium)
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November 21, 1990 | By Marilynn Marter, Inquirer Food Writer
The season of heavy eating is upon us, and for all the warnings about the dietary dangers of high-calorie, high-cholesterol, high-fat and high-sodium foods, we simply don't want to give up our favorite holiday foods. So let's try to balance those indulgences with some lighter fare. A thoughtful hostess will slip in at least one lighter dish, something that the health- or weight-conscious guest can eat without guilt. And even non- dieters will appreciate a new taste complement and some less-heavy food options in the traditional meal.
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November 21, 1990 | By Leslie Land, Special to The Inquirer
In my opinion, one of the best things about Thanksgiving is creamed onions - not just the pungent, richly sauced vegetables themselves but the reminder that onions are a vegetable, worthy of being enjoyed in their own right. There's nothing obscure about onions; no seasoning is more ubiquitous. But when it comes to enjoying them for themselves alone, after onion rings, all is silence. It shouldn't be that way. Onions are not only delicious; they're easy to prepare (especially if you use big ones instead of those little white numbers)
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November 7, 1990 | By Andrew Schloss, Special to the Inquirer
Potatoes are cheap, plentiful and easy to prepare, yet most of us never take advantage of their potential. We think of them as an afterthought; the sidekick to a steak, the filler in corned beef hash. Ignoring an international array of potato recipes, we mindlessly repeat the same baked and boiled potato dishes. The following 50 recipes are designed to help you escape that rut. They include baked, fried, sauteed and roasted. Although a few recipes for sweet and red-skinned potatoes are included, most call for russet potatoes.
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