Category Archives: Traditional Bites

Sampling the Foods of Tenerife

Padrones are the Russian roulette of Spanish cuisine. Sweet, intensely flavored, sautéed quickly and enlivened with crystals of sea salt, they spark the appetite and go down well with a glass of Rioja. Most of them. But one or two … Continue reading

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Best Clam Shacks and Ice Cream: Portsmouth to Old Orchard

Beach season is here, and friends heading to the NH and southern Maine seacoast asked me where to find the best clam shacks and ice cream stands. I grew up on that coast, and return lemming-like (do lemmings really do … Continue reading

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Preparing Vietnamese and Thai Dishes at A Taste of the Mountains Cooking School

Although I’m a fair hand with several Chinese and Japanese dishes, Asian cooking has never been my strongest suite, so I didn’t hesitate before accepting Steffani Adaska’s invitation to sample her A Taste of the Mountains Cooking School for a … Continue reading

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Discovering Sardinian Soul Food

Until a rainy night in a granite town high in the mountains of northern Sardinia, I never thought much about the culinary possibilities of stale bread. Nor of the universal inventiveness of cooks in hard times. A regional dish called … Continue reading

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In Praise of Haggis

Haggis is as Scottish as Stewart tartan or the thistle on the royal crest, a dish that speaks eloquently of this land’s rugged history and resourcefulness. More important, this often maligned meat is delicious, especially when garnished with a sprinkling … Continue reading

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