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About halfway through our family trip to Andalusia, the United States restricted air travel from Europe, and Spain declared a state of emergency. The geopolitical and pandemic crosscurrents at play were difficult to read, even from the rooftop terrace of our house in Guajar Faraguit, a quiet village in the hill country above the Strait of Gibraltar. We tried to sniff the breeze for guidance, but all we could smell were lemon blossoms.   (give it a read here)
When I asked the bearded, rosy-faced gentleman about his favorite beet dishes, his grin widened. Then he leaned in, using his fingers to enumerate the ingredients: “Beets, carrots, potatoes—cooked. Chopped onions and pickles. Little bit of oil.” (more).
Thanksgiving marks the start of the winter holidays, and a parallel season of enhanced leftovers consumption. It can be a freewheeling, chaotic time, when pieces of feasts and roast beasts are combined and reheated. But amid improvisations like refried mashed potatoes and microwaved kale salad, the most sacred act of leftovers season remains constant: bird bone soup. (more)
When I asked the bearded, rosy-faced gentleman about his favorite beet dishes, his grin widened. Then he leaned in, using his fingers to enumerate the ingredients: “Beets, carrots, potatoes—cooked. Chopped onions and pickles. Little bit of oil.” (more).
Hot peppers and cheese are a winning combination. Whether it’s red flakes on a slice of pizza, a spicy tray of cheese-drenched nachos or a serving of ema datshi (a Himalayan dish of hot chile and molten cheese), the action is the same: The fat in the cheese embraces the violence of the capsaicin, absorbing the heat with its creaminess. Even in meals where the heat level doesn’t warrant protection, the pungent flavor of chile remains a perfect match for a rich bite of cheese. (more)
With a fresh pomegranate in your palm, you have magic at your fingertips. Wave your hand, and food becomes more beautiful, more delicious and more exciting. Toss those juicy rubies on salad, soup, steak, linguine al funghi, Brazilian black bean soup, granola and yogurt. The flavor added by these fleshy seed packages, called arils, matches the color: sharp and sweet (more).
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