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‘Thanksgiving’ directs with uncompromising authority

As a young reporter, I was fascinated by a news service item dispatched every day. It was a budget or list of what would be on the front page of The New York Times the next morning. The theory was that editors at newspapers large and small across the country would see what the Times thought was important and would adjust their own news judgment accordingly. You know, many did — and do.

Wanted: Tamale recipe

Is one of your family’s holiday traditions getting together to make tamales? Are you willing to share your family’s tamale recipe and be the subject of a story? If the answer is yes to all those questions, please call features editor Marco Martinez at 664-7149 or email him at martinez@wenatcheeworld.com.
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‘Gran Cocina Latina’ is an instant classic

In a seminal essay on the Latin American novel, Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier talked about “culinary context” as one of the essential elements of the region’s fiction. As in his own novels, Carpentier was reaching for that overarching component that made Latin America, well, Latin America.

Zinfandel, Primitivo — two sides of same coin

Evidence would indicate that Croatia could be the cradle of wine grapes, with cultivation of “vitis vinifera” dating back some 8,000 years. Perhaps Croatia’s greatest contribution to wines we enjoy today is Zinfandel.
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Add some zip to your filet mignon

A juicy beefsteak and sautéed mushrooms go together perfectly — especially when you add a great sauce to the mix.
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Stacks upon stacks of pie

In Kentucky, stack cakes are common, but few people are familiar with stack pies.
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Toppings with po-lenty of polenta potential

In most cases, I’m a terribly traditional cook. If there is a longer, slower, more manual way to do something, almost invariably I will prefer it. But even I push tradition aside when I find an alternative that is not only easier but also tastes as good or better.

One rotisserie chicken, 25 ideas for dinner

After a long day, who hasn’t stumbled into the grocery store without the faintest idea of what to put on the table, when suddenly the tempting whiff of a freshly roasted chicken puts everything into perspective?

Restaurants’ regimens help diners with celiac disease

Tossing pizza dough into the air may be critical to the art of making a perfect crust, but when a fine dust of flour flutters down, it isn’t so fine for patrons who’ve ordered the gluten-free pies.
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Harvest’s end

EAST WENATCHEE — This is the first year for the Eastmont Community Garden near Eastmont Avenue.

Merlot: big player in Washington

Merlot plays a minor role in just about every important wine region in the world. The primary exception is Washington, where Merlot has been a major player since the early 1990s.