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 …

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 …