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Sep
22
I bake right through the heat of summer, because I love the routines of baking and I love to eat and share the results of my endeavors. But there’s special pleasure in the return of autumn weather, which is increasingly evident in my part of North Carolina, day by day....
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Sep
20
I love figs in every form: Fresh and dried, in preserves, in jam, and in chutney. I even love the figgy filling in those classic squared-up cookies that showed up in my elementary school lunch box, tucked in among the celery sticks, apple wedges, and my peanut butter & jelly...
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Jul
03
Happy Fourth of July! I hope you have time to celebrate with whatever you enjoy the most. Picnic? Cookout? Reading a great book? Swimming in pool, lake, river, or ocean? Watching some fireworks or gathering with friends and family? Whatever your fourth holds, I hope it is a...
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May
25
I love this photograph of President Obama enjoying bun cha for supper with Anthony Bourdain, world-renowned chef, author, and host of delicious food and travel television programs, on his first night in Vietnam. Their supper will be featured in Anthony Bourdain’s Parts...
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May
06
I’m in Washington DC this week, tagging along on my husband’s business trip. He’s attending an enormous international conference of scientists, focused on gene therapy, and while he’s listening and taking notes in big rooms, I’ve set up my office in...
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Mar
14
I love celebrations, humor, easy math and geometry, treats, strawberries, and pie, so this is my kind of day. Pi Day, also known (with tongue in cheek) as Pi(e) Day by the under-appreciated community of people who look for reasons to smile and enjoy this extraordinary...
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Feb
02
The only thing better than speaking with host Maggie Linton on her weekday morning talkshow on SiriusXM would be getting in the kitchen with her to make gumbo, or chicken soup, or saltine cracker stew. She interviewed me last week, and I’m so pleased that her producer...
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Jan
02
I love cookbooks and could not begin to count how many I have in my kitchen and office, on my bedside table — even a few in the pantry. Despite this abundance, I take pleasure in finding new ones, and wish I had more time to read them and cook from them each week. The year...
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Sep
01
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! I’m thrilled and delighted to tell you about my new cookbook, Southern Soups and Stews: More than 75 Recipes from Gumbo to Burgoo and from Etouffee to Fricasee. It will be be published on Tuesday, September 8th by Chronicle Books. I’ve...
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Jun
14
My friend Nongkran Daks is a chef and restaurateur whose cooking and culinary classes at her restaurant Thai Basil have won her dedicated fans, accolades, and great success in the Washington DC area for almost 20 years. Born in Southern Thailand, Nong began cooking to help in the...
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