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Category: Food History

A Summer Dinner Party Menu in 3 Parts

A Summer Dinner Party Menu in 3 Parts

When Andrew and I plan a dinner party, the menu starts to percolate once the RSVPs have been received.  We try to think of our audience and we try to make things interesting.  Generally that means doing something completely new.  We have a fair amount […]

Rhubarb Pound Cake from Melissa Clark in The New York Times

Rhubarb Pound Cake from Melissa Clark in The New York Times

Rhubarb grown in greenhouses is always the first to appear in Rhubarb season. It’s grown for those people who simply cannot wait to cook with these rich, red stalks.  So growers rush out ‘hothouse rhubarb’, which is a brighter red, sweeter tasting and more tender […]

My Travels:  My Vietnamese Culinary Journey has just been published…

My Travels: My Vietnamese Culinary Journey has just been published…

Silversea Cruises Introduces Culinary Voyagers to Vietnamese Cuisine Apr 25, 2018 | 11:15 am By Monte Mathews Staff Writer Both aboard ship and ashore, this cruise line brings its passengers great Vietnamese food Vietnam is a perfect country for cruising.  It hugs a 1,600 mile […]

My latest Restaurant Report was just published by The Daily Meal. And here it is…

My latest Restaurant Report was just published by The Daily Meal. And here it is…

Hurray for Harry’s at 1 Hanover Square Mar 27, 2018 | 11:26 am By Monte Mathews Staff Writer The epitome of a New York institution: Harry’s at 1 Hanover Square Harry’s New York Newly refreshed interiors are just the start of what’s happening at Harry’s […]

Stir-Fried Chicken, Green Peppers and Cilantro with Xian Province flavors Of Cumin and Coriander

Stir-Fried Chicken, Green Peppers and Cilantro with Xian Province flavors Of Cumin and Coriander

Food and Wine’s April 2018 edition was called “The Spring Wine Issue”.  One particular article by the author of “The Flavor Matrix”, James Briscione caught my eye.  Well, actually, what caught my eye was the wok filled with strips of chicken, green peppers and cilantro.  […]

About that Instant Pot and one recipe for Garlicky Cuban Pulled Pork you should make whether you have one or not…

About that Instant Pot and one recipe for Garlicky Cuban Pulled Pork you should make whether you have one or not…

My mother never met a labor-saving device she didn’t love. And if there were any time-savings to be had, she would be first in line to buy it.  She was especially fond of anything that kept her out of her least favorite room in the […]

Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea?

Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea?

 What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? Dec 19, 2017 | 5:08 pm By Monte Mathews Staff Writer Neiman Marcus has New Year’s all figured out! Photo courtesy of The Knickerbocker Hotel, NYC Neiman Marcus, the luxury retailer, has chosen New York’s The Knickerbocker Hotel’s […]

In Search of the Ultimate Tuna Melt (and Bread and Butter Pickles to go with it)

           Consider the Tuna Melt, that diner staple that combines tuna salad, a slice of bread and a heated layer of cheddar cheese.  I myself have consumed dozens and dozens of the open-faced sandwiches in a quest to find the perfect […]

Bourbon Chicken

       The other day I was on the lookout for something quick to cook, which Chinese food almost always is. I like cooking Chinese food at home.  You can keep the notoriously high fat counts down and never worry for a moment whether […]