Biscuits. Everybody has an opinion on them - particularly in the South where nary a country breakfast spread exists without a steaming batch fresh out of the oven.
They're also served hot with a side of controversy: lard versus butter, White Lily flour versus run-of-the-mill, twisting or not twisting the biscuit cutter. Generations of home cooks, like Lisa Fain, have sat around the table buttering up their own version and debating the right way to make them.
She's not claiming her biscuits are the end-all be-all, but you can bet your cowboy boots they're pretty darn delicious.
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When it comes to French fries, I’m pretty much a purist. I’m perfectly happy with the Thrice-Cooked Chips (translation: twice-fried fries) at New York City’s The Breslin. But for many, that’s way too simple. Let’s look at a few enterprising places that get creative with their fries.
Thrasher's French Fries, Ocean City, Maryland
"We have no catsup, because we don't want anything competing with the wonderful taste of the French fried potato," owner Buddy Jenkins has said.
Along the museum-flanked National Mall in Washington, D.C., food choices are limited but one of the newer Smithsonian attractions has set out to offer its visitors a unique and healthy dining experience. Inside the National Museum of the American Indian there’s a café where patrons can experience a taste of native indigenous cuisine from the western hemisphere. Mitsitam Café serves up a fusion of traditional, natural ingredients in a new-world style.
Patrons can choose from an extensive food list, including salmon roasted on a cedar plank, snapping turtle soup, tree honey white rice, beef tongue tacos and buffalo chili on fry bread.
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
"Here's to thee, old apple tree!" - September 30 is National Mulled Apple Cider Day!
A seasonal, cozy drink that will warm you from your head to your toes, mulled apple cider is the ultimate way to welcome the fall season. We dare you to let the smell of spiced cider tickle your nose and not get in the spirit.
Steeping cinnamon, orange peel, nutmeg, clove and other aromatic and flavorful spices give mulled apple cider its memorable and nostalgia-inducing flavor. This holiday beverage is based on traditional wassail, which evolved from a saying "waes hael" or "Be in good health" during the Middle Ages.
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We don't mean to sound forward but we think we've fallen for you, dearest autumn - what with your richly colored bounty, spicy disposition and warming nature. You've got every delicious thing a guy or gal could want in a season and more.
And it seems Laurence Edelman, the executive chef of The Left Bank Restaurant, is equally as smitten.
Fall for fall - Five Reasons Cooking in Autumn Rocks: Laurence Edelman
There’s a saying in Brooklyn, New York – Brooklyn bagels are the best because of the water. Connoisseurs of New York bagels will tell you it’s the local water that gives Brooklyn bagels their unique taste.
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“That is true,” said Ameen Hamin, a manager at Terrace Bagels, a Brooklyn bagel shop at the top of several lists of the best bagel stores in New York. “We have the best water here so everything is made with water. That’s what makes the bagel taste good and gives it that texture.”