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Raving About Ramen

Raving About Ramen

Raving About Ramen I’ll risk censure right upfront by saying I don’t usually favor ramen. I like the flavors and textures, but find it a pain in the neck to consume, at least without spraying broth and bits of stuff all over myself. I’ve tried it every which way, but may just be ramen-impaired, and … Continue reading

April’s Best Bites

April’s Best Bites

I’ve gone from being so caught up to being woefully behind, due to an editing project I’ve taken on for a friend’s cookbook. So, here, with almost no explanation is a roundup of some of what I enjoyed in April. Briefly: spiced nuts, casseroles at Hot Wok Cafe, chocolate-orange bread pudding, a kitchen sink cookie from … Continue reading

February Best Bites

February Best Bites

I had Chinese, Japanese, Mexican (my own guac), Italian, American style comfort food, and more. Meyer lemon preserves turned out well (though next time I need to make thinner slices), and I surprised myself by using up every bit of a too-thick and too-tomato-y bean and broccoli soup I’d made. I roasted some parsnips, which … Continue reading

Great Minds Think Alike

Great Minds Think Alike

It did not escape me that The New York Times ran a column by Sam Sifton titled The Slow-Cooker, Redeemed shortly after my own In The Kitchen column on slow-cookers ran in the Packet. Now it’s clear, what I’ve suspected for years: they are following my columns and copying me! Guys, I know imitation is the sincerest … Continue reading

Mr. Lin’s Palace Garden

Mr. Lin’s Palace Garden

Follow me up to Morristown, where good friends Humphrey and Angela Chang recently hosted me and fellow food-writer Pat Tanner at lunch. They’ve become friends with the personable John Lin, owner of Lin’s Palace,  right across from the Morristown Hyatt,  for 31 years and counting. To the average Western customer this might appear to be a typical … Continue reading

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

Watch out – here come the mooncakes! People give the traditional gift of mooncakes to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. They are often jokingly referred to as Chinese fruitcakes, because most people either don’t eat them, or just have an obligatory taste. Plus there have been numerous stories about adulterated ingredients and recycled fillings over … Continue reading

Halinka Polish Deli

Halinka Polish Deli

Why am I just now discovering the food culture of tiny ethnic delis in central New Jersey? (Remember, the term “delicatessen” originally meant a place where food delicacies are sold – not processed cold cuts.)  First there was La Costeñita in Hillsborough, the wonderful Mexican place I reviewed last winter. Over the years, they transitioned from being … Continue reading

Chinese Tea ceremony at Peony Pavilion

Discover the ancient ritual of the Chinese Tea Ceremony at the Peony Pavilion on Wednesday, May 21, 12-2 p.m.  The tea and small plate networking luncheon kicks off the Peony Club, a series of educational demonstrations and discussions with topics of culture, music, cuisine, health, beauty, and fashion to be held at the restaurant. The cost for … Continue reading