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Random Fri Oct 19 2007

Hot Pockets

We've been eating out of pockets a lot lately in my house. Last week I found a recipe on Epicurious (under quick & easy, which it wasn't) for homemade empanadas. I went to my local Jewel and bought two packs of empanada wrappers; I boiled eggs, grilled some fake ground beef with olives and raisins, combined it with the boiled eggs and filled the little empanada disks with the mixture. They were a big hit with my family, and as we ate we talked about the different names for this same sort of food: pierogis, pot stickers, dumplings, ravioli, and so on.

I was inspired, so a few nights later I attempted a quick sort of samosa with cauliflower. I used the empanada pastry; not so smart. And I baked them. What came out of the oven were no where near samosas, but the cauliflower stuffing I'd concocted, with cumin, curry powder, mustard seed and onions, was pretty tasty. So the resulting pockets were another big hit, and made my children fall in love with the idea of eating from pockets. Last night, a night when everyone is out until after 7:00, and dinner normally comes from the freezer, I made some papusas that I'd found in the frozen foods section at Jewel, that came from El Salvador. My kids cheered when they got home and discovered there were more pockets for dinner. I have some pot stickers on hand, and some ravioli. But I'm running out of ideas. Any more pocket meals we should try?

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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