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Food

Cultural confections

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — For some Asian Americans, the dim sum cookie at Sunday Bakeshop here will taste like childhood. It looks like a typical sugar cookie except with sesame seeds on top. But bite into the creamy, red bean center and it’s reminiscent of the fried, filled sesame balls ...

Kids go from beach bum to plum

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy darts through the sand around his home near the Indian River Inlet. He looks over his shoulder at the woman following him with a small woven basket and beckons her to follow. Just moments before, this little boy watched as Krista Scudlark picked ...

Curry powder shortcuts savory beef skewers

Across Southeast Asia, sidewalk hawkers offer sizzling meat skewers bathed in the smoky aroma of smoldering wood coals and a seemingly endless combination of savory sauces. In Thailand, they might be pork slathered in coconut cream, or in Singapore, they could be charred chicken smothered in ...

Chef Abra Berens turns her attention to grains and legumes

NEW YORK (AP) — Chef and author Abra Berens once mistakenly ordered 10 pounds of split peas. Trouble is, she doesn’t really like split peas. She initially found herself making split pea soup over and over again, wincing each time at the muddy, unexciting flavor. Then she came to a ...

It’s nut time out there

If you happen to have a walnut or chestnut tree in your yard, you probably hear a familiar kerplunk, kerplunk thoughout autumn — of falling nuts. Is it any wonder that nuts are a popular item during fall and winter holidays? Walnuts and chestnuts are two common varieties of edible nuts ...

Cherry, chocolate boost

Eton mess — Britain’s luscious mixture of berries, whipped cream and broken meringue cookies — takes its name from the English boarding school, where it is served during cricket matches. All the ingredients are layered in a jar, which gives the dessert an appealing premise. The problem ...