Crossed Knives

So You Wanna Buy a Knife, Huh?

Writer Chad Ward gives you all the details—gory and not—about what to look for in an excellent kitchen knife, how to buy it, and what to watch out for.

Carne de Vinha d' Alhos

Notes from Portugal: Gavião Novo | Madeira

Janet Boileau, Portuguese food scholar, enjoys the food on Madeira, including wine-garlic pork sandwiches and limpets grilled with butter and garlic.

Campo de Ourique

Notes from Portugal: Campo de Ourique | Lisbon

Janet Boileau and David Leite met photographer Nuno Correia for lunch at a Lisbon restaurant, where they get restaurant recommendations and travel tips.

Bica do Sapato

Notes from Portugal: Bica do Sapato | Lisbon

David finds the fashion statement at Bica do Sapato restaurant in Lisbon to be an inspiration while cooking at home. A tip: the shirts run small.

Pois, Café

Notes from Portugal: Pois Café | Lisbon

Pois Cafe, a local restaurant in the Sé district of Lisbon, becomes a favorite spot of David Leite’s while he lives and works in Portugal. Tip: Get there early.

Glamour Woman

Reserve Some Frosting, Stir in Nuts for Glamour

A gift of Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book made Paulette Licitra examine her mother-daughter relationship, the role of a wife and women’s identity.

Fried Clams

In a ’64 T-Bird, Chasing a Date with a Clam

David pursues one of his great passions: fried clams. But not just any fired clams, but the fried clams of his youth, with plump juicy bellies.

Rhode Island Quahog Chowder

Rhode Island Chowder Still Confounds — and Satisfies

The longtime favorite of Rhode Islanders is a clear-broth clam chowder made with only quahogs, salt pork, potatoes, and a splash of Worcestershire sauce.

Notes from Portugal

Notes from Portugal: Rossio Square | Lisbon

David spends his days immersed in the Portuguese way of life, dining and working like a true Lisboeta in Rossio square in the heart of old Lisbon.

One-Armed Mirepoix and Other Culinary Misadventures

One-Armed Mirepoix and Other Culinary Misadventures

Of all the bad things that could befall a baby, what happened to me was perhaps the best of the worst. I was born with only one arm. Well, sort of. Technically, I was born with radial aplasia, a condition that made my right arm about the size and shape of a plucked turkey wing. […]

Alfajores

Alfajores: The Family Cookie

Alfajores are a family staple in Ana Schwartzman’s home. No wonder: alfajores are shortbread cookies filled with dulce de leche and covered in chocolate.

Homemade Snowballs

Some Like It Pink: Classic Sno Balls

Little-known fact: L.A. has its own posh version of the classic Sno Ball. And it has for years. No lie. David divulges all.

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