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Why Do I Own This Food Mill Rig Thingy?

Guest Contributorby Guest Contributor September 22, 2014

“Various expensive appliances can do versions of this same task—a Cuisinart food processor, a Vitamix, the food grinding attachment for a KitchenAid stand mixer—but they are loud and lumbering, and they don’t strain and puree in one handy step. My rig is just as efficient, and the clockwise motion of the wooden pestle rolling in its groove is both cathartic and hypnotic.”

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Snapshots: The Little Goat, Chicago

Casey Barberby Casey Barber September 15, 2014

“As the casual sibling to Chicago’s justifiably lauded Girl & the Goat, the Little Goat Diner takes the idea of an all-day, all-night diner and schmancies it up just a touch. Yep, there’s a classic Formica countertop punctuated by spinning chrome-edged barstools, but you don’t always see a communal table with rows of pristine white Eames chairs at your local greasy spoon.”

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The Bar Cart: The Ruddy Mary

Casey Barberby Casey Barber September 8, 2014

“The Ruddy Mary—a twist on the classic tomato-based brunch drink—gets a hit of subtle sweetness from freshly roasted red bell peppers and just-picked basil, and a slow burn from a whole jalapeño. (Oh, come on, it’s not that spicy, ya wimps.)”

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Caramel and Sea Salt Sticky Buns from The Messy Baker

Casey Barberby Casey Barber September 1, 2014

” ‘Messy’ in this sense refers to the layer of caramel sauce hidden under these soft, doughy cinnamon rolls as they bake: flip or scoop the finished buns from the baking pan to discover their intensely caramelized tarte tatin-like underside.”

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Chicago Dog Relish: A Tangy All-In-One Topping

Casey Barberby Casey Barber August 25, 2014

“But since I’m safely in residence on the East Coast, where I can do things like play with the Chicago dog status quo, I’m going to make things a little easier on myself and chop up a bunch of ingeniously homemade Chicago dog relish.”

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A Brew Lover’s Tour of the Lehigh Valley

Guest Contributorby Guest Contributor August 18, 2014

“Lehigh Valley residents are equally appreciative of good food and great beer. We have farmers who populate the country’s oldest continuously operating open-air farmers’ market and chefs who want a less stressy change of pace. And we’ve got brewers and entrepreneurs who, enticed by all the affordable industrial infrastructure just begging to be rehabbed, want to breathe new life into the historic spaces.”

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Voila! Single-Serving, No-Mess Dijon Fig Chicken

Rebecca Peters-Goldenby Rebecca Peters-Golden August 11, 2014

“If it sounds like I’ve had some kind of religious experience, it’s because I have. The ability to get home from work, throw a healthy, single-serving, protein-rich meal into the oven and then change into pajamas, pour a glass of wine, and read a chapter of a book while I finish cooking has been a revelation.”

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Ask Casey: A Bourbon Peach Lemonade for Daytime Drinking

Casey Barberby Casey Barber August 4, 2014

“It’s a natural assumption that any drink you’re stirring up for a party that involves adults in fancy hats—scratch that, for any easy breezy outdoor party at all—should involve a big glug of bourbon. As Julie Andrews says, it’s a very good place to start.”

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Class Up Your Summer BBQs and Picnics with Wine Pairings

Guest Contributorby Guest Contributor July 31, 2014

“Wine pairings aren’t just the provenance of high-end restaurants and tasting menus. In my mind, there’s no better way to complement those steaks and sausages. And a wine pairing menu gives you an added hook for your guests to choose your affair over anyone else’s, a new twist that elevates the usual grilled meats and cold salads.”

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Salty-Sweet Summer Treat: Peanut Butter Caramel Drumstick Cones

Casey Barberby Casey Barber July 28, 2014

“The result of the tweaking is a homemade ice cream treat with just enough of an edge, hitting all the nostalgic notes of the original caramel-filled cone, but with a sassy underpinning.”

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