What Mark Bittman forgot: Essential items in my pantry

Mark Bittman’s column about Pantry Essentials appeared in our local paper last Wednesday, and while I agree with many of the items Mark suggests (dried beans, easy in a pressure cooker; BACON; real Parmigiano-Reggiano; and good olive oil, to name a few), I do think he forgot 5 items that I deem essential in my

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Thirteen cooks who inspire me

Food and I have a close relationship – I love talking food, cooking and sharing recipes, and searching out the best local offerings. All this has been influenced by several great cooks and cookbooks. Some have been inspiring me for years, others are fairly new to the game. And for this Thursday Thirteen, 4th edition,

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