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Midscale Mexican is nearly nonexistent in these parts, as is regional Mexican that embraces notes of Central and South American cooking. So Verde wins a point for rarity-of-menu before you even get in the door.

Of the many ways I can be humbled in the kitchen, rice is at the top of the list. I’m not a bad cook but, oh, the pots of rice I have driven to a gummy, scorched grave.

There is no doubting the power of sangria. Pull a pitcher from the refrigerator as guests arrive and no one needs encouragement to start pouring glasses.

Friends, after nearly 12 years and 600 columns, it’s time. This is my last installment of On The Table.

OSI Group, an Aurora, Illinois-based company at the center of a food scandal in China, said that it was pulling all of the products produced by its Shanghai Husi unit from the marketplace.

The price of beef and veal shot up more than 10 percent from June 2013 to June 2014, according to the most recent Consumer Price Index. Pork prices rose by 12 percent.

These brownies are made with just a cup of Nutella and 4 large eggs. They have a fudgy, silky texture, a crispy wafer top and deep chocolate flavor that defies all logic.

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Vani Hari’s blog is known nationwide for campaigns against food companies. Her critics say she sometimes gets it wrong.

Farmers markets, roadside stands, pick-your-own fields – they’re all part of the business that keeps farming alive in this area.

What is it about cast iron pots and pans that both elevates and deepens flavors?  Cook or bake in...

Heart and Sole Food

Checking around the food world:First there was the Wine Shop, a great store on Park Road that ope...

I'll Bite
Restaurants do have their secret ingredients – and Red Rocks Café Bar & Bakery is no different.

If you think all farmers markets look alike, you’re as out of touch as a rotary-dial telephone.

Try one of these 25 toppings to dress up corn on the cob this summer.

Are you, or do you know, a chef 22-27 interested in recognition and some bucks to go with it? Wha...

On Dining
2013 Chateau Pesquie, Terrasses, France: Brian DuBois recommends this lovely, affordable rosé.

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