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The BA Foodist's 10 Rules for Making Nachos

(3) Comments | Posted February 5, 2011 | 12:04 PM

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I still haven't decided who I'll be pulling for this weekend. No one deserves a Super Bowl winning team more than New Orleans, but as a lifelong Atlanta Falcons fan, it's tough to root for a division rival. Indianapolis, on the other hand, is...

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The Best Hot Wings Recipe for Super Bowl Sunday

(5) Comments | Posted February 5, 2011 | 12:01 PM

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I dig wings as much as the next person, but I'm not the kind of guy that plans a dinner around a plate of butter-and-hot-sauce-bathed, deep-fried chicken parts. Or at least I didn't think I was until I visited the

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More Restaurant Pet Peeves

(4) Comments | Posted April 13, 2010 | 3:47 PM

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After I posted my top five restaurant service pet peeves, readers quickly chimed in with their own dining out dislikes. Many took issue with one of my grievances in particular--Waiters who say, "Hello, my name is X, and I'll be your...

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Mom Was Wrong: It's OK To Eat With Your Hands

(13) Comments | Posted April 11, 2010 | 8:23 PM

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Dear BA Foodist,


A foodie friend of mine is reluctant to use his hands when dining out. He says it's rude and unhygienic. Is he correct? He won't even use his hands when we go out for pizza.

Jen Costanzo, Waterville, Maine

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Five Restaurant Service Pet Peeves

(22) Comments | Posted March 29, 2010 | 1:37 PM

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Dear BA Foodist,

I love going out to eat, but I'm puzzled by the odd practices that even some of the best restaurants seem to follow. No salt on the table is one of my biggest pet peeves. What are yours?

Floyd Partinson,...

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Is the Daily Special Really Special?

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2010 | 1:55 PM

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Dear BA Foodist,

I like to order a restaurant's daily specials with the obvious assumption that the ingredients in those dishes are the freshest. But it occurs to me that the kitchen may just be trying to move old product. Which is true?

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10 Best Roof-to-Table Restaurants in the US

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 4:01 PM

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In this year's version of farm-to-table eating, restaurants in big cities are literally raising their roofs, harvesting everything from herbs and chiles to tomatoes and beans. Here are our favorites in extreme locavore dining.

Photograph by Misty Keasler

Oliverio
Beverly...

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3 Rules for Camera-Happy Diners (aka Food Bloggers)

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 9:27 AM

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Dear BA Foodist:

Isn't it time for restaurants to step in and ask diners to cool it with the mid-meal photography? I know everyone loves playing foodie photog for their blogs and Twitter accounts, but at some point, isn't enough enough?

Sarah Rayer,...

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America's Best Donuts, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2010 | 3:14 PM

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Barring a breaking news story, I'll be a guest on NBC's Weekend Today this Sunday and I'm bringing donuts. Flavors from both Portland, Oregon's Voodoo Doughnut (known for their bacon ones) and Doughnut Plant in New York (think artisanal) will be part...

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The Whiskey Renaissance: Top 5 Rye Bottles

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2010 | 10:16 AM

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America is experiencing a rye renaissance, with new and classic brands of the less sweet and spicier cousin to bourbon now de rigueur at better bars and liquor stores across the country. We blind-tasted 16 different bottles of rye with help from star...

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Can You Improve Your Taste Buds?

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2010 | 2:47 PM

Dear Bon Appétit Foodist,

I often hear chefs on cooking shows and reality shows talking about a person's palate. "So-and-so has an exquisite palate," they say. What exactly does that mean, and can I train my own palate?

Kathy Byrom, Homewood, Alabama

Dear Kathy,

When it comes to professional chefs,...

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10 Best Places for Donuts Across the Country

(17) Comments | Posted February 26, 2010 | 1:20 PM

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Every culture has fried dough--German Berliners, Italian zeppole, French beignets, and Indian balushahi--but none can top the gut-busting pleasure of the American donut. It's the latest iconic food to undergo a renaissance; here are our picks for the best classic and newfangled donut...

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5 Ways to Eat More (Winter) Veggies: Salsify

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 10:59 AM

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Dear BA Foodist,

I've officially got the winter cooking blues. I'm so sick of cooking potatoes and brussels sprouts. Any vegetable suggestions to tide me over until asparagus season?

Sally Degage, Princeton, New Jersey

Dear Sally,

Because of ingredient availability, cooking in winter...

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5 Ways to Eat More (Winter) Veggies: Rutabaga

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 2:41 PM

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Dear BA Foodist,

I've officially got the winter cooking blues. I'm so sick of cooking potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Any vegetable suggestions to tide me over until asparagus season?

Sally Degage, Princeton, New Jersey

Dear Sally,

Because of ingredient availability, cooking in winter...

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5 Ways to Eat More (Winter) Veggies: Jerusalem Artichokes

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2010 | 10:59 AM

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Dear BA Foodist,

I've officially got the winter cooking blues. I'm so sick of cooking potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Any vegetable suggestions to tide me over until asparagus season?

Sally Degage, Princeton, New Jersey

Dear Sally,

Because of ingredient availability, cooking in winter...

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5 Ways to Eat More (Winter) Veggies: Celeriac

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2010 | 1:33 PM

Dear BA Foodist,

I've officially got the winter cooking blues. I'm so sick of cooking potatoes and brussels sprouts. Any vegetable suggestions to tide me over until asparagus season?

Sally Degage, Princeton, New Jersey

Dear Sally,

Because of ingredient availability, cooking in winter can be more challenging than in spring...

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5 Ways to Eat More (Winter) Veggies: Cardoons

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 2:11 PM

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Dear BA Foodist,

I've officially got the winter cooking blues. I'm so sick of cooking potatoes and brussels sprouts. Any vegetable suggestions to tide me over until asparagus season?

Sally Degage, Princeton, New Jersey

Dear Sally,

Because of ingredient availability, cooking in winter...

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Why You Shouldn't Eat Out on Valentine's Day

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2010 | 9:25 AM

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Valentine's Day (aka Black Sunday) is just three days away, and if you haven't made a restaurant reservation yet, well, it's time to think about cooking at home (or perhaps visiting a White Castle near you). But don't feel left...

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Is Water Better Than Canned Chicken Stock?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 3:57 PM

Michael Ruhlman--cookbook author, blogger, and Cleveland cheerleader extraordinaire--once made me promise I'd never, under any circumstances, use canned or boxed chicken stock again. He claimed water was just as good a substitute, if not better. Why? He blogged all about it here. Basically, he thinks canned...

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Top 10 Best New Romantic Getaways

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 1:39 PM

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Liven up your winter with a quick trip to these spots that have stellar food, a warm welcome, and a certain off-the-beaten-path appeal.

Cabane à Sucre au Pied de Cochon
Saint-Benoît de Mirabel, Québec
29 miles from Montréal

Martin...

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