Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Culinate Newsletter: Gabrielle Hamilton, Apricot Dumplings, Cumin-Scented Quinoa with Red Beets

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Dear readers,

Along with my usual wake-me-up cup this morning, I started the day with a test. A quiz on Slate asks you to look at a list of ingredients on the label of a ready-made store-bought snack — you know, the sort of crunchy, salty, fizzy, sweet things we occasionally crave — then match the ingredients to one of four actual items. Cake, I thought.

But I bombed. Honestly, I think I’m a lazy label reader — lazy and in denial. If I set my mind on something that lacks nutritional value, I don’t really want to know what’s in it. (Last night it was a package of Butterfingers at the movie; 19 ingredients to be exact.)

By choice, most foods we eat around here don’t have ingredient labels (think strawberries), or if they do, they’re pretty short labels. We try to stick to Michael Pollan’s advice to eat the “quiet foods” around the perimeter of the supermarket; you know, the ones that make no health claims and sport few ingredients.

But on occasion I do eat junk. And from now on, I’m going to study the labels when I do. You never know when there might be a quiz.

Kim Carlson
Editorial Director

Featured Stories

When you have a garden

Deborah Madison makes the most of her garden thinnings.

Gabrielle Hamilton

The James Beard-award-winning chef talks about her restaurant and new book.

Featured Recipes

apricot dumplings

Apricot Dumplings

Make these when summer’s apricots are at their peak and serve with a glass of Riesling.

Cumin-Scented Quinoa
with Red Beets

This stunning and tasty recipe comes from Maria Speck’s new grains cookbook.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Tastes Newsletter July 2011: Best Barbecue Near You, Top 10 Grills, Top 10 Summer Beers and More!

Grill, baby, grill!

July 2011:






Have you planned your summer holiday yet? Here's our idea: gorge at the best barbecue joints around the country, visit an eco-resort in St. Tropez or a green hotel in Utah, meet up with friends for happy hour in Honolulu; then check out our other features for July, from grilling recipes to sexy summer wines and the top 10 new cars.

Chef Curtis Stone’s baby back ribs with his homemade barbecue sauce


Eating It
Top Barbecue Restaurants Near You
Top 10 Barbecue Restaurants in the U.S.

Cooking It
Top 10 Grills
Top 10 Grilling Tips

Recipe: Grilled Summer Vegetables with Feta Vinaigrette
Recipe: Grilled Grass-Fed Beef with Spicy Hoisin Sauce
Book Review: Just Grill This!
Adding Wood Chips to Gas Grills
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Top 10 Family Resorts Worldwide
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Top 10 Green Hotels in the U.S.
Top 10 Eco-Resorts Worldwide

72 Hours in Montreal
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Hotel Sezz St. Tropez, one of our Top 10 Eco-Resorts in the World


Top 10 BBQ Wines
Top 10 Summer Wines
Top 10 Summer Beers

How to Make Iced Tea


Car of the Month: Audi A7 Quattro
Top 10 Best New Cars
Top 10 4-Door Sports Cars

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