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The Pleasures of Reading a Cookbook

By Marsha Fottler – We live in an age where anybody with a computer or cell phone can access a recipe at the office while on a coffee break or during cool down at the gym, shop for ingredients on the way home and cook that new dish for dinner. Where does the traditional cookbook fit into this modern scenario? Cookbook authors and publishers are trying to figure it out, just as potential buyers are deciding whether or...

An Indian Summer Wine You Want

By Robert Paul – With many of the meals of Indian summer you want a wine that’s bright red-fruit forward to hold its own with, say, rabbit, potato-crusted salmon, turkey, chicken stew or the roasted vegetables of an autumn harvest table. A French pinot noir that I find compliments the September foods of Indian Summer is the Joseph Drouhin LaForêt Bourgogne Pinot Noir (2011). The winery was founded in 1880 in Beaune...

Eating Large in St. Louis

By Marsha Fottler – St. Louis is a big eating town and the people there eat big. To be sure, there are several haute dining spots and modern relaxed bistros where refined food is presented artistically with lots of pleasant ambience. You can expect some thoughtful portion control in these places. But, that’s not the real culinary character of this sprawling Missouri metropolis on the banks of the Mississippi. The city...

GOURMET HIGHWAY: Snowbird in Summer

By Doc Lawrence – Julia Child advised those seeking fulfillment to “find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” Entrepreneur Robert Rankin has a passion for his Snowbird Mountain Lodge and his interest in hospitality qualifies him as much more than one of the South’s top innkeepers. His philosophy is to “get in touch with what matters most in life. True wealth,” says Mr. Rankin,...

Bamboozled? Expert to the Rescue

By Steven V. Philips – Bamboo is constantly on the A list of renewable green materials but do we know much more about bamboo than it’s renewable and was a fad for flooring for a while? Bamboo is also great for panda food and food skewers. In three minutes you are going to be so bamboo-literate that no one will ever bamboozle you again. Environmentally great for several reasons, some think that bamboo is a wood....

A Sipping Vodka for the Ladies? I’m Star Str...

By Shellie Terry Benson – Let’s be honest. Vodka straight-up can be tough to take. It’s typically too strong to sip on its own, and it burns the mouth as soon as it hits the lips. It’s not surprising, then, that vodka comes in every sugary flavor marketers can think of — especially when selling to the ladies. So in a world of whipped creamy-birthday cakey-artificially fruity selections, can pure vodka...
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