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April 2010

Choosing Sides


Choosing Sides

When we dine out it’s all about the entrée. Translated from French, “entrée” means “entry” and that’s why we go to restaurants that specialize in steak, seafood, burgers, and pizza.  But even Eric Cartman knows that a real meal is nothing without fine side dishes.  For too long, sides we’re relocated to a choice of potato, soup or salad (the soup du jour offering the only hope of not being totally predictable).  The mark of a successful side dish is that it not only enhances the main course but would be satisfying all by itself.  Here are my awards for best dishes in a supporting role. Classics French Fries: Coopers Tavern. They make them like they do in Belgium—name aside, French Fry Capital of...

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Dan CurdI found my interest in writing by accident. My training and first job was as a graphic designer. Unemployed, the only employment I could find in advertising at that time was as a copywriter. Somehow, I convinced Richard Newman & Associates to hire me. Later I learned they were desperate. Madison has been my home off and on since 1957 (nonstop for the past 31 years). I write about food, which I love. – Dan Curd

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