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Cuban Pete’s

My new favorite restaurant. Great tapas and sangria, terrific service with an atmosphere and decor that’s pure genius. Tapas are $3.50 – $5, main courses in the $12 – $15 range. LF and I started with an assortment of the former, a couple different kinds of empanadas, a beef-and-potato hash with plantains, and something amazing…

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Grilled Paella

Paella has been a staple in the cafeteria here at world headquarters for over twenty years. Our crack team of chefs has prepared it more ways than you can think of, and has it pretty much down to a science. But the other week when the Times ran a recipe for grilled paella, they…

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Inland Empire

When you watch an interview with David Lynch it’s always surprising how totally normal he seems. Once you get past the hipster hair style he’s got this unpretentious gee-whiz enthusiasm about things. Did you know he’s a vegan, or at least a vegetarian? He shows us how to make quinoa (pronounced kin-WAH) with organic broccoli,…


Fish Soup

We all have our comfort food vices. When I’m at home alone I enjoy making fish soup. Go figure. No one else in the household appreciates it, so I treat it like a guilty pleasure. One of my favorite cookbooks is “A Tuscan In The Kitchen.” The author’s recipes don’t have measurements, temperatures or timings.…

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Back when I started cooking, I used to try to make bread. The recipes I tried were a tremendously time-consuming, labor-intensive struggle against the ingredients, and I never quite won. Thanks to the NY Times’ Minimalist column last Wednesday, I found a winner.

Loaf of Bread

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Newark Renaissance?

Newark has always been the place to go for good Spanish and Portuguese food, and NJPAC is a terrific concert hall. But there are other omens and portends in the air indicating that Newark may finally be turning a corner. Since any omens worth their salt come in threes, here are the ones I’ve seen:…