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New Mexicans say they dished out world’s longest tamale

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A group of people in New Mexico say they cooked the world’s longest tamale Saturday morning. Luis Hernandez of the ABQ West Chamber of Commerce says that a team of more than 30 chefs at Viva II, a three-day celebration of the state’s heritage, assembled a 116-foot-7-inch long tamale at the Valencia County fairgrounds in Belen, N.M. Organizers say the ingredients, which were provided by Bueno Foods, included 120 pounds …

Stock your freezer with fruit while you can

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The autumn produce season catches me off-guard every year. As we glide from the hot days of August into the cooler months ahead, we never quite know when the magic moment arrives that we have seen our last bit of fresh summer fruit in the produce aisle. Sure, we can get peaches all …

Popular foods taking on new hues without artificial dyes

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mozzarella cheese at Panera restaurants won’t be as glaringly white. Banana peppers in Subway sandwiches won’t be the same exact shade of yellow. Trix cereal will have two less colors. Food makers are purging their products of artificial dyes as people increasingly eschew anything in their food they don’t feel is natural. But …

A little care, a little brine can produce stellar pork chops

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Let’s face it, a cookout on Labor Day, that bittersweet farewell to summer, tends to attract the hedonistic hordes. Your challenge as host is to come up with something that’s simple to prepare, but not boring. These pork …

A “burger” of a different sort. A Middle Eastern shish kebab

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

With autumn winking at me from the horizon, Labor Day grilling takes on a whole new significance. I’ve either worked my rusty old charcoal grill to the bone over the summer and I’m looking for something a little …

Why some farmers are deciding to go GMO-free

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Five years ago, Dan Beyers took his farm in a new direction. Or, rather, back in an old direction. The Pana, Ill.-area farmer had been using corn and soybean seeds genetically modified to work with glyphosate – the …

Starbucks, Panera tweak pumpkin spice latte formulas

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The pumpkin spice latte battle is heating up just in time for fall. Starbucks and Panera are hyping reformulated versions of the popular drinks – which will include real pumpkin – in a fight to win over fans …

Spoon and swoon: Butterscotch pudding; recipe

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Butterscotch Pudding There might be a mutiny if the butterscotch pudding were ever to disappear from Ris, a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Balanced, cool and creamy, the dessert is now presented with a swooningly good scoop of dark chocolate sorbet, crackly chocolate tuiles, butterscotch sauce and whipped cream …

Quick and easy grilling

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sometimes we think too hard about the food we toss on the grill. Brine this, rub that, marinate for 12 days. Enough! For those days when you just want something simple and delicious to pop onto the grill …

With a vegetable salad built on a bed of farro, you won’t wait long to eat

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

At this point, many of us have embraced whole grains, become friendly with brown rice, maybe even casual acquaintances with quinoa. But there still are a number of grains out there that remain a mystery. Farro may well …

Embrace more grains

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

When Samuel Kim was growing up, his mother often spiked the family’s white rice with amaranth, barley, quinoa and other whole grains to boost its nutritional value. “My mom is one of those people who looks for the …

Ice cream cake that will melt your heart

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

When I’m in the kitchen, I love to play around. I love riffing. I love tweaking. I love mid-recipe changes. And I love surprises. For me, it’s not over until it’s over, and then it’s usually not completely done: I’ll make something and, as I’m bringing the dish …

Downtown: Burgers and ice cream go gourmet

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A new gourmet burger restaurant and gelato shop will open on South Main Street. Jim and Jeannette Zaza will open Relish America Gourmet Burgers and Buza Dairy Bar in mid-September in the vacant side of 27 S. Main St., where Gibson’s Bookstore used to operate. The burger side …