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Eat At Your Own Risk

A few times a week, I google "Rhode Island" with something weird, just to see if anything turns up that might make a good story. Today, because I have been on a coconut binge for weeks that I can only attribute to feeling literally starved for summer, I typed in "Rhode Island coconut." This is what came up. What is…

Box wine part III

Birthday season party planning recently had friends and I trying to decide whether we could get away with serving boxed wines instead of bottled at a joint party. Since we’re all in favor of keeping our eco-footprint as small as possible, we had a big debate about whether boxed wines really are more environmentally friendly. You can recycle the cardboard…

The Dish: The Providence Granola Project

We hate to stereotype, but it’s no secret that granola lovers also tend to support progressive causes. Enter Keith Cooper and Geoff Gordon, whose artisan granola business, The Providence Granola Project, helps newly arrived refugees gain footing in Rhode Island. "It came together like many ideas do, over beers and late night conversations about how to solve the world’s problems,"…

Mockamole

It’s cold, pouring and the you-know-what is making us turn on each other.  But it’s Cinco de Mayo! And this means guacamole.This morning, I celebrated by scouting around for a good recipe. I should explain that I have a fascination with recipes in which a key ingredient masquerades as something else. Mashed potatoes that are really whipped cauliflower, chocolate cake…

Drink Like You’re at Churchill Downs

At the Kentucky Derby (held this Saturday), horses and bourbon go together like love and marriage. The official drink of the race — the beloved mint julep — has been sating race watchers for the better part of a century. And for a genteel set, they know how to throw ‘em back — the Derby website boasts they go through…

Wine box saga continued

So I’ve tried a few more types of boxed wine. (For spurious rationalization, see here. Or here.) And here’s what I found: The Washington Hills merlot is really pretty nice. Yes indeed. It is pricier than most, however – around $21 for the equivalent of four bottles, while the rest are more like $17. Of course that’s still a buck…

Free Cooking Classes

My colleague Lisa’s recent post about her non-existent gardening skills got me thinking about my own domestic shortcomings. And, since I just moved into my first “real” (post-college) apartment a couple months ago, my to-learn list looms long. But I’ve got to start somewhere. Why not in the kitchen? (The fact that my fire alarm goes off every time I…

Recession Vino

 As part of my lifelong search for decent cheap wine (hey, we all need a reason to live), I’ve recently got into boxed wines.I know what you’re thinking. But I’m not knocking back toxic grape alcohol under a highway overpass (at least, not yet). The 5-liter boxes of Franzia and Almaden that sit around in restaurant kitchens waiting to make…