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Ingredient Mon Dec 22 2008

A Little Goes a Long Way

Half an ounce of fresh black truffles will set you back about $30 at Fox & Obel. If you're looking for that special ingredient to take your holiday dinner for two from "oh" to "Oh, yeah!" this is it.

For our first wedding anniversary, my husband and I decided to make a fantastic dinner at home. For about $100, we feasted on Humboldt Fog-and-fig crostini; mixed greens with apples, celery, toasted pecans, and balsamic vinaigrette; seared scallops and saffron risotto, both spiked with shaved black truffles; and roasted lemon-garlic broccoli. Oh, and lots and lots of wine.

Did I mention the truffles?

My point is this: We may be in a recession, but we also live in a city where ingredients like sweet, giant scallops and fresh black truffles are within reach. When the occasion calls for it, we can (and should) eat well. And for that, I am thankful.

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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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