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January 2010

My Restaurant Week

01/24/10

My Restaurant Week

Day 1, January 24Dinner, Lombardino’sSQUASH SOUPSPAGHETTI ALLA BOLOGNESEThe slow-simmered meat sauce of Bologna – locally raised Cate’s Family Farm beef & Jordandal Farm ground pork, pancetta, tomatoes & white wine, topped with Parmigiano-ReggianoLOMBARDINO’S TIRAMISUHousemade ladyfingers dipped in Kahlua, coffee & amaretto layered with mascarpone mousse & shaved chocolate$25 Day 2, January 25 Lunch: Osteria PapaveroINSALATA DI FARRO E PESTOCold salad of farro & pestoPIZZA OF THE DAYBUDINO DI CARAMELLO (BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING)$15 Dinner, SardineAPPLE SALADWith black currants, endive, cipollini onions, spiced pumpkin seeds, crispy butternutsquash & a coarse mustard-cider vinaigretteCASSOULETDuck confit, garlic sausage &...

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Grazing on the Internet

01/17/10

Grazing on the Internet

It doesn’t seem that long ago—probably because it wasn’t—when the Food Network premiered online along with many similar sites.  Suddenly, a wealth of recipes and cooking advice was readily available without spending a dime on nary a cookbook. But did anyone really comprehend the revolution the internet would have on cooking and eating?  Or that even in the hinterlands suddenly the most exotic bounty of the world would become just a click and Fed Ex delivery away? Or that restaurants big and small, grand and humble would open virtual locations in cyberspace? I think it’s appropriate that unwanted emails are labeled Spam—I’m not fond of either.  However, I’ve learned to look no further than my inbox for the best dining...

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Parade of King Cakes

01/10/10

Parade of King Cakes

Mention January 6 and some people think the Feast of the Epiphany or Twelfth Night.  For many, it’s time to take down the Christmas decorations.  For me, it’s time to start the party. It’s Carnival time.Most years, I try to make it down to New Orleans for the final frenetic week.  Carnival there is as much a contradiction as is the city itself—vulgar and sleazy on the one hand, aristocratic and sybaritic on the other.  It’s like two trains, sometime running on parallel tracks, sometime on tracks that intersect. Public debauchery and gratuitous nudity on Bourbon Street.  Exclusive balls with elaborate costumes at the Municipal Auditorium.  Endless parades anticipated by all throughout the city.  Like a locomotive, it starts...

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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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