Boar’s Heads for Dinner, Gander-Pulling, and Other Odd Christmas Celebrations of Old

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Collected by Dave DeWitt In England the Yule-log, the boar’s head and the wassail bowl were in olden time the features of the festival. The first-named was a huge log of oak, decked with holly wreaths and mistletoe. At Christmas it was dragged into the great hall by all the members of the household, the merriest of them, dubbed the …

Pitmasters Serve Up The ‘Que When Disaster Hits 


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Text and Photos by Rick Browne, AmazingRibs.com Supporting Operation Barbecue Relief  By Meathead Goldwyn The devastation after a tornado is horrific. Looks like Hiroshima. Lives are lost, livelihoods are lost, places to live are lost. But within hours neighbors, police, firefighters, the Red Cross, and Operation BBQ Relief (OBR) are on the scene to help. OBR is a 501(c)(3) charity …

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 …

Meet the New Porkers

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By Gwyneth Doland Recipes: Braised Pork Shoulder with Tomatoes, Cumin, and Chipotle Chipotle- and Citrus-marinated Pork Tenderloin Posole A Guide to Today’s Pork, from Enhanced Meats to Heritage Breeds Pork isn’t what it used to be. Over the last 50 years, dramatic changes in farm practices and consumer demand have radically transformed the roasts in our supermarkets and the chops …

Chile Pepper Nomenclature

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By Dave DeWitt A great deal of discussion and controversy has erupted over the terminology of the Capsicum genus in English. There are hundreds if not thousands of common terms for the pods in languages from all over the world, so it is curious that the following ones have been debated with such passion. Ají. This word, from the Arawaks …