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MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: Improving the BLT

July 10, 2015

There is a brief window of time in Michigan when you can actually get a delicious, sun-ripened tomato. That is during our fourth season, “unbearably humid.” (That’s the one right after “relentless rain.”) There are so many things ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: "The Most Interesting Cook in the World"

July 10, 2015

Recently I was explaining to my daughter the concept of the “Most Interesting Man in the World,” the brilliant Dos Equis beer ad campaign. (I am convinced that the creative geniuses of our generation are, by necessity, in advertising instead of ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: "God's Waiting Room"

July 10, 2015

After moving to Michigan, I quickly learned the Bill Knapp’s demographic: lots and lots of seniors, enjoying traditional comfort food, and taking advantage of Bill Knapp’s legendary birthday discount: 1% off for every year of your age. Live long ...

May It Please the Palate: Tandoori Chicken

July 10, 2015

By Nick Roumel Like many an ethnic dish, what was once rare and exotic has become ubiquitous and unremarkable. One might say the same about tandoori chicken, whether served by an Indian street vendor or an American Indian restaurant. This is a dish that traces ...

May It Please the Palate: Chocolate Wars

July 10, 2015

By Nick Roumel Chocolate lovers are calling to #boycottHershey after the U.S. candy giant resolved a lawsuit against the importers of British-made confections. No longer will “Let’s Buy British” (LBB Imports) be allowed to ship Cadbury chocolate ...

May It Please the Palate: Banana Bread and Christmas Past

July 10, 2015

By Nick Roumel Our Christmas tree is still up (hopefully not by the time you read this). Its needles are stiff and dry, and it is stripped of ornaments. The lights and star, however, remain. It is a decaying but still poignant reminder of the season past. Like ...