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Szechuan Impression skewers all expectations

Bobo chicken, at least as interpreted at Szechuan Impression, is a party in a pot, a ceramic pot that strongly resembles a novelty St. Patrick's Day hat, half-filled with chile-laced broth and with long bamboo skewers sticking up from the vessel in almost comic profusion, like spines from a...

  • When the spirit moves you, conjure up Halloween treats
    When the spirit moves you, conjure up Halloween treats

    Spooky marshmallow eyeballs! Pumpkin-faced quesadillas! Bloody meringue bones … and more! Dim the lights and cue the spooky music while you — and your little ghosts and goblins — whip up festive treats just in time for Halloween!

  • Pork chop feasts at L.A.-area restaurants
    Pork chop feasts at L.A.-area restaurants

    My husband loves to tell the story of a restaurant in Brooklyn, N.Y., where, in his memory, a huge pork chop was served with a knife sticking out of it. And while he dug into that chop, a crescendo of arguing and cursing issued from the kitchen. Apparently one of the cooks had suddenly...

  • Quick pickles have all the flavor without the wait
    Quick pickles have all the flavor without the wait

    White wine vinegar, water, honey and spice. I was more than a little curious as I gently simmered the ingredients over the stove. The aroma, at first richly fragrant and sweet with notes of cinnamon, allspice and vanilla, finished with subtle but sharp acidity from the vinegar as it filled...

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Wine review: 2011 Boekenhoutskloof 'The Chocolate Block'
Wine review: 2011 Boekenhoutskloof 'The Chocolate Block'

It's time to think about wines for cooler weather, such as this one from South Africa. Boekenhoutskloof's "The Chocolate Block" is a red Rhone blend, like a South African version of Châteauneuf-du-Pape — Syrah-dominated but with some Cabernet. And that chocolate in the name? The...

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