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Poached Pear Epiphany

Junie D says she’d always intended to make poached pears, but never got around to it until recently. And then: ECSTASY. READ MORE

Papayas, Ripe and Sweet or Savory

Papayas are ripe when they are just slightly soft, like a ripe pear. Ripe papayas are wonderful with a squeeze of lime or lemon juice. READ MORE

Canned Foam

There’s a new product, Coffeehouse Classic, made by Simply Sublime Foods, for foaming cappuccino. READ MORE

Uses for Loose Tea

Before you toss the collection of loose tea that’s taking over your cupboard, try one of these suggestions for using it up. READ MORE

Cooking Backward

An amateur chef living in Vegas has made a hugely successful career out of reverse-engineering recipes from Applebee’s, Starbucks, and other national chains and processed-food manufacturers. Will he hit Jean-Georges next? READ MORE

The Eternal Quest(ion)

It’s the enduring dilemma for a modern urban world—how to get a reservation at the hot restaurant of your choice for 8 p.m. Saturday night? READ MORE

My Dinner with Mr. Gullible

The BBC has the goods on an exclusive 11-course dinner being served in Bangkok, served by six three-star Michelin chefs. READ MORE

Quirky Quercus

Will the screw-top wine bottle spell exctinction for an ecosystem in Portugal? READ MORE


V-Day approaches, and this year the chocolate offerings are darker and stranger than ever. READ MORE

A Meal in Pitch Blackness

I thought I’d read somewhere that this hotel had an 80-foot water slide. This was a huge draw for all of us, particularly Joel, who had his heart set on splashy fun. READ MORE