Life with more than a dab of barbecue sauce

Musician Ry Cooder can take some credit for Ardie Davis’ position as barbecue sauce royalty. Davis was sitting in his Kansas City, Kan., home on a hot August day in 1984 reading about 80 barbecue joints across the country that he figured he’d never get to visit. Cooder’s “Paradise and Lunch” album was playing, and during the …

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Wild Alaska salmon is a gift of spring

When the sockeye are running in Bristol Bay, fourth-generation salmon fisher Melanie Brown sometimes launches her skiff in the dead of night. But she doesn’t mind. “It can be really exciting when the fish are running and splashing,” she says. Brown belongs to a rarified club, the roughly 24,000 Alaska anglers who help supply the …

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Swizzlers: new players in the ball park frankfurter game

Whatever you do, don’t call a swizzler a hot dog. The brainchild of three recent Wake Forest University graduates, this update on the American classic is not your average ball park frank. They don’t want to be associated with the mystery meat and soggy bun that they see as the common ball park dog. What started …

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Nice Jewish boy makes bubbe’s matzo balls

People will tell you there  are two kinds of matzo balls: hard as rocks or light as air. However, many cooks try for something in between — a matzo ball with some heft but not enough to sink it to the bottom of the bowl. Arguments over how to make matzo balls — and the chicken …

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