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Grilling takes effort. Lots of coal goes into building the fire; you wait for the coals to get hot; and the food cooks in

No American picnic is really complete without a bean salad. Black beans, green beans or kidney beans, often blended with garbanzos and onions in

I am not a licorice-lover -- far from it -- but I have become fanatic about the anise-scented fennel. The first hint came when I

New potatoes are the summer cook's best friend. Firm and waxy with a wonderful sweet flavor and gossamer-thin skins, there's no need to peel

Chef Giacomino Drago smiles a lot. The youngest member of a family of cooks to immigrate from Sicily, Drago, along with his brothers, has

Every summer, a bounty of vegetables from my local green market inspires me to go back to nuka-zuke, an ancient Japanese pickling method based