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Learning to love annual pickling

August 24, 2014 My mother never pickled. My mother-in-law pickled everything. I have cooked everything, but never pickled. A few years ago, my non-pickling years ran out. more »»

‘I’m OK’ is not OK for an answer

August 17, 2014 While I recently was sitting in the booth at lunch at one of our more frequented restaurants, the waiter handed us our menus and I absently said, “Thank you. more »»

Restaurants need patrons to stay open

August 10, 2014 My friend Mary Ellen arrived at my back door recently, exclaiming a local restaurant had gone out of business. “When did that happen?” she asked. “Oh, I think a few months ago,” I answered. more »»

Appetizer versus hors d’ouevre

August 3, 2014 “Let’s have an appetizer.” “Oh no, we’ve had too many appetizers already.” “Oh, those were hors d’oeuvres, not appetizers. more »»

Add some spice, herbs to kitchen

July 27, 2014 “Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices. The Egyptians were buried with their spices. I know which one I’m taking with me. more »»

Dining out differs between the sexes

July 20, 2014 “Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then. more »»

Upselling can be pushy or helpful

July 13, 2014 Did you ever see the cartoon of the waiter with the black eye who comments, “I don’t make suggestions anymore”? The debate goes on: Is “Do you want fries with that?” over the top? Is it offensive... more »»

Awareness key for avoiding salmonella

July 6, 2014 We just heard it again. Salmonella is back, big time. Just when we think we have it under control, it comes to visit again. more »»

Maitre d’s have tradition of service

June 29, 2014 While helping me set the table recently, my granddaughter placed a towel over her forearm and exclaimed, “I’m the maitre d’. more »»

Ice not as popular outside of U.S.

June 22, 2014 Why don’t Europeans put ice in their drinks? They lost the recipe. Yesterday, I visited the drive-thru at McDonald’s, ordering the iced coffee on special, $1 for a medium size. I looked at the cup. more »»

Going out to eat on Father’s Day

June 15, 2014 It’s Father’s Day, again. The country and the world make plans every June to honor fathers. This is the day that we make contact with Dad for Dad’s sake. more »»

Tips for storing, transporting wine

June 8, 2014 During the last week or so, I have been asked questions about the storage of wine. I have a horizontal wine rack, so I put all my wines, red and white, in the horizontal position, lying down. more »»

Cellphone etiquette for grocery stores

June 1, 2014 By ANITA HANABURGH I’m looking straight at the canned tomatoes. I need whole, petite diced and stewed. more »»

Practice makes perfect when learning to cook

May 25, 2014 The motivational speaker Zig Ziglar tells the story of the lesson he learned when visiting his elderly neighbor, Chuc. more »»

Horrors of unclean restaurant restrooms

May 18, 2014 Thai hot and sour soup, Vietnamese egg rolls with spicy pork and cabbage, pad Thai (peanut with noodles, fresh vegetables, lime and cilantro). more »»

Demystifying Starbucks’ menu

May 11, 2014 My granddaughter and I were walking around New York City in search of red shoes recently. more »»

Tips for dining out, as guest or host

May 4, 2014 By ANITA HANABURGH While visiting a young friend in her office, I noticed the menu of a nearby restaurant on her desk. “Oh, have you eaten at the Gideon Putnam?” I asked. more »»

Local chefs update restaurants, menus

April 27, 2014 Maria Simone is the owner of Gianna’s Pizzeria Bar & Bistro. Simone was not at all what I expected. Young for a restaurant owner, Maria has many plans for her restaurant. more »»

Thinking about ‘Spirituality of Hospitality’

April 20, 2014 Last summer I spoke with my cousin, Marcia, who had just retired from teaching elementary school in the Bronx. Unbelievably, this retirement was a reluctant move for her. more »»

No-shows slow restaurants down

April 12, 2014 Heading out for the night, my friend cautioned me to make reservations. “Oh, they don’t take reservations,” I replied. “Boy, that annoys me,” she replied. more »»



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