Chilled Avocado Soup

The Mexican Green Gold… and it isn’t Cannabis | Avocados|

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By José C. Marmolejo Mexico has exported avocados since 1980, but not due north. Europe was its first international destination. Ten years later Japan and Canada became hooked on this wonderful Mexican fruit. It only took 27 years for Mexican avocado exports to break into every state in the U.S. market year round. In the last decade, Mexico has seen …

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Stir Crazy | Cooking to Cope with Cabin Fever

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By Sharon Hudgins Recently, as the Covid-19 pandemic has spread and we’ve been asked to follow strict “stay-at-home” directives, I’ve been thinking about other times in my life when I’ve been isolated in a house or apartment building with other people, sometimes voluntarily, sometimes unwillingly but of necessity. And I remembered how cooking and sharing meals together was one of …

Vienna Heats Up

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Story & Photos by Sharon Hudgins No, it’s not climate change—although residents in Vienna will tell you that being able to sit at a sidewalk café in early March is certainly a change from the past. But they’re also likely to be enjoying another kind of heat at those tables outdoors: spicy goulash soup or piquant bright-red sausages garnished with …

Spicy Italian Cooking

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By José C. Marmolejo If you really enjoy cooking and you will travel for a few weeks to a distant place, there is always the temptation to carry along some cooking tools and ingredients when you leave the house. For me, a good knife and some dry chiles are a must. Recently, I went to visit a daughter living in …

A Chile Pepper Museum in Europe’s Headquarters of Heat

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Story and Photos by Harald Zoschke Calabria is not only the southernmost tip of the Italian boot, it is also one of the hotbeds of European chile pepper culture. So it’s no wonder that — besides plenty of traditional “hot” dishes and products — a highly popular chile pepper festival and even a museum dedicated solely to the hot pods …