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  • When the chickens came home to roost

    The chickens are out of feed. Before they can make a dash through the coop's open door, I hoist the round metal feeder from its hook and squat-walk backward until I can stand straight again. I turn my back on the flock, fill the feeder and crouch...

  • Easter brunch dishes allow for extra flavor in your bubbly

    Easter approaches, and with it a feast that might be better than the one at Thanksgiving, since we're not limited to turkey. Or to wines that go with the big bird.


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    Souvlaki (Lamb Kabobs) with Lentils and Rice Pilaf

    Barbecued, skewered lamb, called souvlaki, is sold as a quick meal on many street corners in Athens. A simple Greek marinade of lemon juice, olive oil, oregano and garlic flavors the meat. The best cut of lamb for kabobs comes from the leg. If not on display, ask for them at the meat counter.


    A juicy idea for good health?

    It's hard to avoid hearing references to the juicing craze. Stores and juice bars advertise their latest creations; a friend talks about how juicing cleared her skin or helped her lose weight; Dr. Oz promotes juice cleanses, then warns of risks. But what exactly do people mean when they say they...


    Tidbits: 'Breakfast biscuits' and yet more cake, frosting flavors



    Secret supper clubs serve intrigue alongside novel meals

    THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. - In an industrial corridor outside Palm Springs, silent and still after most everyone had fled with the sunset, Grant Calkins and his wife, Janna, crept into a warehouse. They peered around, wondering if they were in the right place.


    In Season: Get cracking with eggs, the versatile staple

    Eggs are popping out all over - and not just from spring chickens.


    Eggs 101

    - NUTRITION: Recent USDA studies give eggs a better nutritional profile than a decade ago. With about 70 calories, a large egg contains 187 mg of cholesterol, about 14 percent lower than previously measured. Eggs are rich in vitamin D (41 IU per egg) and protein (6 grams). Eggs also contain choline...


    Revisiting Calvin W. Schwabe's 'Unmentionable Cuisine'

    Culling my bookshelves recently, I came across my much-thumbed copy of "Unmentionable Cuisine" and remembered the dinners, years ago, that Bonnie Hughes of the late Augusta's Restaurant in Berkeley, Calif., organized with author Calvin W. Schwabe. The menus read something like this: deep-fried turkey...


    Wine of the Week: 2013 Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence rose

    The second vintage from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's wine estate in southeast France is a spectacular rose from an unspectacular year. Made by the Perrin family of the renowned Chateauneuf-du-Pape estate Chateau de Beaucastel, the 2013 Chateau Miraval rose is elegant and fresh, with a scent of...


    Feast on 50 dishes from 50 novels

    Last year, writer-art director Dinah Fried posted five "photographic recreations of meals from classic and contemporary literature," dishes she assembled and styled herself. As a result, her site got more than 200,000 hits and was mentioned on TV shows and blog sites, and in newspapers...

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