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Be the Next Garlic-Cooking Superstar!

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“So You Think You Can Cook With Garlic” is a culinary call-to-arms to the garlic geeks who overtake the small town of Gilroy, California every July. Gilroy Garlic Festival organizers threw down the gauntlet April 4 on Facebook. “For over three decades Festival guests have attended the Great Garlic Cook-Off or the Garlic Showdown and left muttering under their garlicky …

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Cooking “Stone Soup”

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Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico Down here at the tip of the Baja California peninsula, I have stumbled across an pre-Hispanic chile pepper soup that uses river stones as the heat for cooking.  The Chinoteco tribe of Pueblo San Felipe Usila was a fishing based culture, and their fishermen used pear-shaped guajes, or gourd pots, told hold their fresh …

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Doctor Feel Good (at least, until the heart attack)

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From celebrity gossip to midget blowfish porn, you can find anything on the Internet, including vindication. For years, I’ve practiced a strict health regimen of triple cheeseburgers, pizza, and boxed wine. I mean, the better something tastes the healthier it is, am I right? All those doctors with their fancy eight-year college degrees think they know better, but I’ve had …

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Featured App: Jim’s Burning Ring of Fire

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Here’s the first of what will probably be many apps built around hot sauce. According to the website, Jim’s Burning Ring of Fire iPhone App “empowers your inner pyro and manages your flaming taste-buds with hot sauce reviews and ratings for an exhaustive listing of available hot sauces and hot sauce makers…. AND includes a handy reference Scoville Heat Unit …

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Smoke Chasing: The Ultimate Ridin’ & BBQ Eatin’ Grand Tour

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Oh, happy day! Finally, an event that fulfills my dream of eating ribs while riding a motorcycle…almost. From March 25 to October 1, 2011 competition ‘cue in Georgia means eating the smoky goodness instead of making it. Smoke Chasing is a self-paced BBQ Grand Tour, combining riding and BBQ while supporting a great cause: Eddie’s Road, a charitable foundation helping …

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It’s National Paella Day!

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Today is national Paella day, and if you’ve never had a chance to try this famous Spanish dish, it’s the perfect time. Paella is perhaps one of Spain’s best-known dishes, originating in the Valencia region, now recognized as one of the national dishes of Spain.