Chickpea and peanut stew

(January 19, 2017) A month after we married in the late '70s, my husband Barry Evans and I decided to stop eating meat. Which wasn't that difficult because, although I was raised on...

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New Grit

Shrimp and green chili cheese grits

(January 12, 2017) The sweet smell of simmering grits wafts through the kitchen. As they cook, the grits gently bubble, pop and thicken into a golden, luscious porridge. They are made even more...

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How to Dine Alone

A guide for aspiring wolves and lions

(January 5, 2017) In my lumpy, small-town adolescence, I found escape from awkwardness on trips to my mother's office in New York City. If she was too busy, I'd have a museum pass...

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Seedy in a Good Way

Baking and eating together

(December 29, 2016) Behind my culinary endeavors people expect to see an Italian grandmother on whose knees I learned to cook. My Italian nonna, however, died when I was not yet 2 years...

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Nasty Women in the Kitchen

Bring hot ham sandwiches to the party

(December 22, 2016) Can we agree it's been a long year? Granted, this statement depends partly on one's political persuasion. But for roughly half of us (some would say over half), the fatigue...

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Humboldt on Tap

Geon-bae, South Korea — this beer's for you

(December 15, 2016) Next time you're wandering Eureka's waterfront, take a moment to look west and remember: All that lies between you and South Korea is a boat ride. "A very short boat...

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Spoiled for Bread

Bake your own and never go back

(December 8, 2016) Maybe because I bake bread so much, friends give me cookbooks about it. I just pulled one of them off the shelf that has nearly 200 recipes. I just use...

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Seed and Potatoes

Wild mustard seed aloo matar

(December 1, 2016) Wild mustard greens frequent my table every winter and spring in a variety of dishes ("Spring Curry," June 9). But until recently, I had never thought to try gathering the...

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Hum Plate

Paris, New York, Mexico City

(November 24, 2016) Coming Out of Your Shell The French have certainly, as they say, foutent dans la merde, or screwed up hard, over the years (colonization, Polanski, etc.). But when it comes to making the...

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A Warm Fall

Healthy treats for cutting back on coffee

(November 17, 2016) While outside deciduous trees are shedding their extra leaves, inside we're bundling up in sweaters and putting an extra quilt on the bed. Fall is upon us in Humboldt County,...

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Humboldt on Tap

Beer to the rescue!

(November 10, 2016) From the roof of the Eureka Theater, sweeping views clash with a rickety reality. Cracks zigzag through stucco. Failing metal ties are streaked with cobwebs and bird droppings. The decorative...

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