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Indian cooking teacher seasons classes with warmth and passion

“Out of my family, I need to feel that I can prove I am no ordinary woman, that I am different from others,” says Yamini Joshi, the League of Kitchens’ instructor from Mumbai, India. The League of Kitchens is an immersive culinary program in New York through which immigrants teach intimate cooking workshops in their homes. …

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Filipino-American menudo has a Mexican accent

When we had a big dinner at my childhood home, my mom would cook dishes that had Spanish-sounding names. It meant only one thing – we were having special guests. I grew up in a small, rural town in the Philippines. We had meals from produce my dad planted or livestock roaming in our yard. …

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Ratatouille translates as summer in any language

In the 1960s, when French cuisine started to hit the American market, we expanded our palates to accept many new foods. First there were quiche, brie and baguette. No problem. Then onion soup, coq au vin and boeuf bourguignon. So, why don’t we eat ratatouille, one of the most basic and delicious of French dishes? I …

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Early-American cakes renamed to honor U.S. heroes

Since George Washington was larger than life, it’s not surprising that a cake created in his honor was “the largest ever known,” according to the baker. In 1838, John Pease, a New York City baker, made what he called a “delectable compound,” weighing in at more than 2,600 pounds. The mammoth cake was made of …

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July Fourth hamburgers are a serving of democracy

We celebrate the birth of the U.S.A. with fireworks and cookouts. Which, of course means hamburgers. More than 153 million people — nearly half the population — will enjoy a cookout or picnic this Friday, according to the National Retail Federation. Many of those grills will be filled with burgers, according to online grocery tracker …

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America’s long been a hamburger nation

America in the summertime means a cookout with friends, family and a hot, sizzling grill. What’s on that grill? Hamburgers. Hamburgers are as American as apple pie or baseball (and go perfectly with either). Like Americans themselves, burgers come in many different shapes and sizes, from the tiniest slider to the largest double or triple …

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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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League of Kitchens brings Americans to the immigrant table

Nawida Saidhosin promised we’d get to hear her love story. But first, we’d need to prepare the three dishes on our cooking class menu. “We are here to cook, not to talk of love,” said the 34-year old Afghan native and our cooking instructor for the afternoon. She was smiling broadly as she dropped chunks …

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Mulberries can be a blessing as well as a curse

I have long thought of mulberries as the cockroaches of the berry world — prolific, ubiquitous and universally despised. As a fruit, they lack the intense, complex flavor of blackberries or the soft delicate appeal of raspberries. As an ingredient, they have always seemed more trouble than they’re worth, with an intrusive stem that runs …

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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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