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Five sustainable alternatives to turkey this Thanksgiving or holiday season

Five sustainable alternatives to turkey this Thanksgiving or holiday season Nov 7th, 2011 at 12:00PM: If you expected to see "Tofurkey" anywhere in this article, you clearly aren't familiar with my work. Nope, no textured vegetable protein here. As a kid--an obnoxiously picky eater, at that--turkey was on my lengthy list of foods to avoid. I suspect it was the notoriously dried-out birds of my youth that caused my aversion. Today, I like turkey, but it's honestly not one of my favorite eating...

Five foods of fall

Five foods of fall Oct 21st, 2011 at 12:00PM: It seems like summer had just begun (that's because a few weeks ago in Seattle, it had), and now we're in the throes of early winter fall. It's actually a beautiful time, what with the trees turning color, cutting through the gray and damp. The weather is crisp and on rare days, the sky is cerulean. There are worse places to experience the change of season. Living in such an autumnal...

Expat fusion cuisine: combining foreign foods with favorites from home

Expat fusion cuisine: combining foreign foods with favorites from home Oct 14th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Part of the fun of traveling is trying new and exotic foods. Many travelers try to eat only locally and eschew the familiar, though eating at American chain restaurants abroad can be its own experience. But when you make a foreign country your home, you have to adapt your tastes and cooking to what's available locally while craving your favorites from home. I'm lucky enough to live in Istanbul...

Eating in the Horn of Africa: camel, goat and. . .spaghetti?

Eating in the Horn of Africa: camel, goat and. . .spaghetti? Oct 13th, 2011 at 9:00AM: When my wife and I went to the Horn of Africa last year for our Ethiopia road trip, we were eagerly looking forward to a culinary journey. We weren't disappointed. Ethiopian food is one of our favorites and of course they make it better there than anywhere else! While it came as no surprise that the food and coffee were wonderful, the cuisine in the Horn of Africa turned out to be more varied...

Dropping the F-bomb: why "foodie" needs to go away

Dropping the F-bomb: why Oct 13th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Life used to be so easy. You ate to live. Then, man discovered fire and realized mastodon tastes a lot better with a nice sear on it. Around 500,000 years later, Homo foodieus evolved, and now it's impossible to go out to eat without camera flashes going off at the tables around you. Mercifully, there's a Foodie Backlash taking root in America, and I feel the time is ripe (Did you see how I...

Enjoy unlimited cooking classes and more at the Santa Fe, New Mexico, Harvest Festival

Enjoy unlimited cooking classes and more at the Santa Fe, New Mexico, Harvest Festival Oct 4th, 2011 at 2:00PM: From November 1-November 23, 2011, people looking for the ultimate experience in food and wine should head over to New Mexico for the Santa Fe Harvest Festival. During the festival, ticket holders are entitled to unlimited cooking classes and discounts on lodging and dining, allowing them to fully experience the hospitality and food culture of the area. The kickoff for the event includes a server...

Five (almost) labor-free recipes for Labor Day

Five (almost) labor-free recipes for Labor Day Aug 31st, 2011 at 2:30PM: I love to cook. Just not for myself. What I truly enjoy is feeding family and friends, but indoors or out the last thing I want to deal with is a labor-intensive meal--especially when it's hot. So, in honor of the upcoming holiday weekend, I'm sharing five of my favorite, late summer recipes. They feature easy-to-find ingredients, regardless of where you live, but if you can purchase the produce...

Barbecue and picnic tips for a safe, delicious (and seasonal) Fourth of July

Barbecue and picnic tips for a safe, delicious (and seasonal) Fourth of July Jun 28th, 2011 at 10:00AM: For Americans, there's no holiday more synonymous with eating outdoors than the Fourth of July. It's the ultimate summer dining event, one that largely emphasizes regional foods and seasonal ingredients. Tomatoes and corn are perhaps the two most iconic summer foods served on the Fourth (just because we live in an era where we can purchase certain ingredients yearound doesn't mean they...

The Joy of Cookbook Shopping: Why Bookstore Tourism Matters 

The Joy of Cookbook Shopping: Why Bookstore Tourism Matters  Jan 31st, 2011 at 10:30AM: The first puzzle one encounters when seeking out (or stumbling upon) Bonnie Slotnick's bookstore in New York is how to enter. Perplexed non-locals can often be seen standing in front of the shop, housed in a century-old building in the miasma of the West Village's tangled streets, staring into the big picture window where Slotnick usually displays books based on a theme. Here's a hint: walk up...

SkyMall Monday: Lasagna Pan Battle

SkyMall Monday: Lasagna Pan Battle Nov 1st, 2010 at 1:00PM: Cold weather has begun to hit the East Coast, where SkyMall Monday is headquartered. While walking the dogs this morning, I actually donned a knit cap and cursed the decision to leave my gloves at home. This can mean only one thing: It's comfort food season. With Thanksgiving just around the corner (or still visible in the rear view mirror for our Canadian friends), we're gearing up for that...

SkyMall Monday: Baggy Rack

SkyMall Monday: Baggy Rack Oct 4th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Living alone has its perks. You get to be as messy as you'd like, you always get to decide what to watch on television and pants pretty much become optional at all times. There are, however, downsides. It can get lonely. There's no one around to help you when you realize just a little too late that there's no more toilet paper. And cooking for one is a real pain in the buttocks. Thankfully, here...

Daily Pampering: Fall cooking vacation in Provence

Daily Pampering: Fall cooking vacation in Provence Aug 6th, 2010 at 4:00PM: If you've ever wondered why French women don't get fat, this trip is for you. The Hotel Crillon le Brave in Provence is hosting all-inclusive package of a five-day (six-night) cooking program this October, meant to give even the most discerning palates a mouth-watering vacation. Spend a week in the French countryside at a hotel lead by head chef Philippe Monti. You'll learn to cook authentic...

Daily Pampering: Learn to cook "wegetarian" in Switzerland

Daily Pampering: Learn to cook May 25th, 2010 at 4:00PM: You don't have to be a vegetarian to like vegetarian food. Many of us are vegetarians one day and want a cheeseburger the next. That's okay. Hiltl, pronounced HILL-tuhl, is a 112-year-old institution of a vegetarian restaurant and club in Zürich. They call such eaters "flexetarians" (and they call vegetarians "wegetarians," which is delightful). It's nice to see a little flexibility from...

Shenandoah National Park announces activities for 2010

Shenandoah National Park announces activities for 2010 Mar 18th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Shenandoah National Park has announced that it will play host to a wide variety of activities for the 2010 season, which is set to begin soon. Those activities include events for the whole family, ranging from fun filled games for the kids, as well as culinary events and special festivals for the big kids too. All the events will be held at Big Meadows Wayside, Skyland Resort or Big Meadows Lodge,...

Anthony Bourdain creates animated web series

Oct 31st, 2009 at 11:00AM: I'm a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain and I love No Reservations. A show that combines travel to places both exotic and familiar, pure rockstar gluttony and classic Bourdain snark - how could it go wrong? So when I heard that Bourdain was creating an animated web series for the Travel Channel (relax, it will NOT be taking the place of No Reservations) I figured it couldn't be anything less than...

The Abbey Resort and Spa: A surprise foodie retreat in the Midwest

The Abbey Resort and Spa: A surprise foodie retreat in the Midwest Oct 16th, 2009 at 11:00AM: When you stay at a resort like The Abbey Resort and Spa on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, chances are that you'll eat many of your meals at the property's on-site restaurant. This can sometimes mean dining on uninspired dishes like rubbery "hotel chicken" or resigning yourself to the fact that you'll be spending a fortune on each meal in order to avoid heading offsite in search of better or cheaper...

SkyMall Monday: Portable Microwave

SkyMall Monday: Portable Microwave Sep 21st, 2009 at 1:00PM: When I'm toiling away in the SkyMall Monday headquarters, I tend to cook a lot. From burritos to tacos to quesadillas, I enjoy preparing a wide array of ethnic foods. But when I travel, I often crave those tastes of home. Unfortunately, cooking on the road can pose a real challenge. At home I have all of my gadgets, like a freezer to hold my Hot Pockets and microwave to heat up said pockets to the...

Learn while you travel

Learn while you travel Sep 6th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Are you the type of person who loves to learn new things? You're reading Gadling, so obviously love to travel. Have you ever thought of combing both of those things into a learning vacation? If so, then check out this article from the London Times Online which lists some of the top learning holidays from around the globe. An example of some of the great trip options that the Times suggest include...

Lady in the House: Chef Anne-Sophie Pic's Simple Elegance

Lady in the House: Chef Anne-Sophie Pic's Simple Elegance Aug 12th, 2009 at 9:00AM: As someone who has done her fare share of cooking, I have mad respect for anyone undertaking the daily grind of working in a professional kitchen, let alone running one. Yet as a woman, I can't help but revel just a wee bit more in the achievements of the many female chefs out there who are gaining the culinary respect they so deserve. Take Chef Anne-Sophie Pic, for example, of the newly opened,...

Element Hotels: made for do-it-yourself foodies

Element Hotels: made for do-it-yourself foodies Jul 24th, 2009 at 2:00PM: Back in 2006, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. made a bit of history when it launched the first hotel brand that requires all of its hotels to pursue LEED certification. Element Hotels, which are designed for longer stays and come complete with multi-purpose, modular furniture, flat-screen televisions and fully equipped ENERGY-STAR appliances are not only aesthetically appealing, but...

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