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MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: "The Art of Making Bread"

June 17, 2016

I have a friend who owns a bakery. He once told me that making bread is not so much a science as it is an art. He explained, with some frustration, “I can make it with the exact same ingredients, in the exact same way, but it will never turn out the ...

What's the evidentiary standard for emojis?

June 17, 2016

by Brian Sullivan Shorthand has been around in one form or another since Xenophon described the trial of Socrates with papyrus and a feather. It’s a way to convey information in the shortest, easiest way possible. Today, with keyboards and social media ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: "Made to Order"

June 17, 2016

I persuaded a couple of my friends to eschew our usual pre-game breakfast place for a Mexican restaurant near my house. I’d been there once before. It’s housed in a former pizza joint, and although there’s not much atmosphere, they seem to ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: "Cauliflower Parmesan"

June 17, 2016

A few months ago I subscribed to the New York Times emailed cooking articles. It’s a weekly (or more) compendium of recipes. They are creative, amazing, and seasonal. I briefly glance at them, place into a special folder, and for the most part, will ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: "Not Your Father's Cocktail!"

June 17, 2016

My father was fond of telling this story. He returned home one day to find my mother playing cards and drinking with her friends. In a pique of outrage, he exclaimed, “They were mixing my Crown Royal with ginger ale! Why would they ruin good whiskey ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: New England Clam-dah

June 17, 2016

After dropping off our daughter at college in Boston for her sophomore year, my wife and I decided to take advantage of the re-emptied nest and tool around Cape Cod. It was a great time to visit, not too crowded and the weather was perfect. Beaches, dunes, ...