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Utah Pioneer Day means family, food and Jell-O

Pioneer Day and food preservation are essential to Utah’s culture, which is intricately tied to the customs and calendar of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – the Mormon Church. Family and community gatherings — often potlucks, picnics and barbecues — are often also religious affairs. Pioneer Day, the official state holiday celebrated …

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Culinary Postcard: A detour for food Zen at Okla.’s Tamuzul

And now for something completely different. “We needed a break from heavy/fried/meat everything,” says Cara Walsh after barbecue in W Virginia, the bourbon trail in Kentucky and hot, hot chicken in Nashville. Fortunately, when Cara and her cross-country dining companion Dylan Byers rolled into Oklahoma City, Okla., they found Tamuzul, a plant-based Mexican restaurant, where they …

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Culinary Postcard: The strange power of Nashville hot chicken

Every few months, someone we know goes somewhere near Nashville and is lured into town by the siren song of hot chicken.  Cara Walsh and Dylan Byers, whose cross-country dining tour we’re chronicling, are now among the enchanted. Their temple of choice was Hattie B’s, a relative newcomer to the hot chicken scene. Hot chicken got …

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Culinary Postcard: Louisville hotel offers art on the plate and on the wall

Louisville, Ky., of course, means bourbon. And the Cara-and-Dylan cross-country tasting trip certainly involved back roads and bourbon sampling in the Bluegrass State. They found dinner at Proof on Main held up well to the flight of bourbon with which they ended their day. The restaurant’s bar stocks more than 50 bourbons. Proof on Main …

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Culinary Postcard: W. Va. barbecue first stop in cross-country tasting trip

Our friends Cara Walsh and Dylan Byers are eating their way across the country, sending mouth-watering snapshots along the way. They started in Washington, D.C., and will end up in Los Angeles, Calif., with stops carefully timed to coincide with World Cup games. Their first dispatch is from Ridge View BBQ in Institute, W. Va., a …

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Podcast tunes in to summer foods

As the season changes, Bonny Wolf and Peter Ogburn discuss the foods of summer. It starts with an ending, as strawberries bow out in some parts of the country. In other places, you may still have time  for strawberry ice cream floats. Still at the market are garlic scapes — a new “it” food. And, …

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Ten tasty Father’s Day gifts that aren’t neckties

Let’s think outside the box for Father’s Day gifts this year. No ties. No watches. No cologne. Think food. And drink.  Barbecue. Whiskey. Bacon. We’ve put together 10 gifts that dad may like even better than a tie. Sources are listed below the slideshow. Green Spot available at some liquor stores. Books available at bookstores …

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Podcast: A culinary tour down the Mississippi

In the latest episode of the American Food Roots Podcast, editor Michele Kayal and producer Peter Ogburn take a virtual trip down the Mississippi River, with stops in St. Louis for toasted ravioli and a 200-year-old farmers market, then on to Restaurant Cotton in Louisiana . The starting point of the journey is “Mississippi Current Cookbook,” a …

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Neighborhood potlucks signal the change of season

    You know it’s getting close to summer when the neighborhood potlucks begin. To kick off the season in Washington, D.C., a community potluck was held at historic Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. The market has provided food for this neighborhood seven blocks from the U.S. Capitol since 1873. The market sponsored the potluck. …

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Eat to the beat at New Orleans’ jazz fest

Every spring for two weeks, New Orleans, La., becomes even more raucous than usual. This year’s Jazz and Heritage Festival has ended. But to whet your appetite for next year, we’ve put together a slide show of what you can eat on the festival grounds. Unlike many festivals, this food is not from giant corporations. …

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