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Exclusive: ‘Top Chef’ winner Kristen Kish will lead centerpiece restaurant at new Line ATX hotel

Austin will welcome a new face to its culinary landscape when the Line ATX hotel opens in the coming months. “Top Chef” season 10 winner Kristen Kish, who also will be recognizable to viewers of the Travel Channel’s “36 Hours,” will serve as the executive chef for Arlo...


Some choice words for diabetes

Some choice words for diabetes

Type 2 diabetes was once known as adult-onset diabetes. But now that term is outdated: Increasingly it is a disease that begins in childhood. Between 2000 and 2009, the rate of Type 2 diabetes in children jumped more than 30 percent — and it is climbing especially fast among children from poor and minority families. The prevalence of the disease doubled in the past decade among black children...
Superb fish recipes for Lent (and the rest of the year)

Superb fish recipes for Lent (and the rest of the year)

For Christians, Lent is a time for quiet reflection. For austerity. For repentance.   But mostly it’s a time for fish.   Catholics and members of some other denominations choose to eat fish instead of meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday until Easter. (For the Orthodox denominations, Great Lent began Monday; adherents generally refrain from eating meat or fish on weekdays...
At Chobani, adding flavor to yogurt while watching calories

At Chobani, adding flavor to yogurt while watching calories

Porter Z. Long, 25, is a research and development scientist for Chobani at its yogurt factory in Twin Falls, Idaho. Q: What does your job entail? A: I create flavors for yogurt, taking an idea, such as mint chocolate, and developing it into a commercial product. Right now, I’m working on Flip products, which have mix-ins like nuts or seeds to add to the yogurt cup. Q: How did you get into this...
Why Austin’s new H-Mart is a ‘grocery shopping game changer’

Why Austin’s new H-Mart is a ‘grocery shopping game changer’

Austin finally has an H-Mart. In two weeks, we’ll get 99 Ranch Market. H-Mart opened its first Austin store last week, and shoppers are still flocking there in droves. On Monday afternoon, the store was packed elbow-to-elbow. Addie Broyles / American-Statesman If you’ve ever lived in Houston or New York or Los Angeles or Chicago, you know what a...
Event: Taste of Black Austin Tuesday night offers flavor of Texas foodways

Event: Taste of Black Austin Tuesday night offers flavor of Texas foodways

The Greater Austin Black Chamber hosts the Taste of Black Austin Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Peached Social House. The tasting and reception “will trace the influence of food and farming in the preservation of black history and American culture” and feature food from about a dozen Austin chefs along with a photography exhibit honoring Austin&rsquo...
Egg and pepper sandwich makes great Lenten meal. Here are wines to have with it

Egg and pepper sandwich makes great Lenten meal. Here are wines to have with it

This spin on a Chicago Lenten classic is simple but also a little rich, so any wine that you match with it needs to stand up to that richness and not get bogged down by it. These three wines — a chardonnay-based Champagne plus a big rosé and a red on the lighter side, both from Italy — have the acidity to cut through, plus their own aromas and flavors to complement this Friday staple...
He led a turnaround at Taco Bell. Can he do it at Chipotle?

He led a turnaround at Taco Bell. Can he do it at Chipotle?

Nacho fries! Tuscani Pasta! Chicken Alfredo! Posters and sales pitches for Taco Bell’s latest menu additions cover the windows of a store on a busy Manhattan block. At a nearby Chipotle, however, the signage was more subdued: “Now Open,” it read simply. The posters are a stark illustration of the deep divides between the two low-priced Mexican-food chains. Fast food — its stream...
Is it ‘natural’? Consumers, and lawyers, want to know

Is it ‘natural’? Consumers, and lawyers, want to know

In recent years, one bright spot in an otherwise lackluster market for packaged foods, beverages and consumers products has been merchandise promoted as “natural.” Consumers, increasingly wary of products that are overly processed or full of manufactured chemicals, are paying premium prices for natural goods, from fruit juices and cereals to shampoos and baby wipes. But as a spate of lawsuits...
Don’t love riesling? Finger Lakes will make you rethink the maligned grape

Don’t love riesling? Finger Lakes will make you rethink the maligned grape

In the continuing effort to spread the word that not all riesling is sweet, we now turn our focus to the Finger Lakes region of New York.  Of course, riesling is not the only grape grown in the Finger Lakes region. The area also turns out other whites, reds, rosés, sparklers and dessert wines. Furthermore, dry riesling is not the only style the grape variety is made into in the Finger...
Heat cut into Calif.’s wine grape crush; some varieties flourished

Heat cut into Calif.’s wine grape crush; some varieties flourished

California’s 2017 wine grape crush totaled slightly more than 4 million tons, down less than 1 percent from the 2016 total, according to a preliminary report released earlier this month by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.   The state’s preliminary report said the overall 2017 crush — including wine, raisin and table grapes — totaled 4.23 million...
Peanut butter helps West African-style stew find the 'sweet spot'

Peanut butter helps West African-style stew find the 'sweet spot'

I am on a constant quest for exciting ways to hit what I call the "sweet spot," where delicious and healthy meet. Happily, there are endless such discoveries to be made by exploring cuisines from around the globe, and it's doubly nice when their ingredients are easily accessible as they are for this wonderful West African-inspired one-pot meal.  The stew's distinctive taste comes from...
This Oregon wine will challenge your ideas about what makes a pinot noir

This Oregon wine will challenge your ideas about what makes a pinot noir

If you're looking for a wine to challenge your preconceptions of what wine should taste like, have I got one for you. Then take comfort in a luscious California chardonnay or a couple vibrant whites from Italy and southern France. If dinner is casual, a nice savory red from Spain will fit the bill. Antiquum Farm Juel Pinot Noir 2015 3 stars Willamette Valley, Oregon, $45 Oregon pinot noir is my comfort...
Willie Nelson, Beyonce make their macaron debut at Austin markets

Willie Nelson, Beyonce make their macaron debut at Austin markets

Macarons aren’t quite the bakery trend they were just a few years ago, but one Austin baker is making macarons that tap into another trend: kawaii, the Japanese term for super cute. From anime to Hello Kitty, you already know this style of cute. It’s the kind of adorable that makes you squeal, or in 2018 terms, squee. For her company, OMG Squee, Austinite Sarah Lim is mashing...
This black bean dish will warm you on a blustery night

This black bean dish will warm you on a blustery night

There are black beans, and then there are black beans cooked with orange juice. If you haven’t tried squeezing some in, trust me, it’s a revelation — a Caribbean take that is especially appealing when summer seems far away. The first time I tried the technique at home was when following a recipe from the great J. Kenji López-Alt, the food-science guru at Serious Eats and author...
With high agave prices, tequila producers worry about a shortage

With high agave prices, tequila producers worry about a shortage

Austinites might want to stock up now on one of our favorite things — tequila — as worries continue to ripple through the industry that producers in Mexico might not have enough of the key ingredient in the spirit to keep up with demand. Tequila is no longer the cheap liquor shot bars would offer with a lime wedge and a ring of salt. With many brands now regarded as premium products, it...
Macaroni and cheese for grown-ups

Macaroni and cheese for grown-ups

When it comes to macaroni and cheese, it’s time to think outside the box. You know the box we mean. It’s bright, shiny blue. And the macaroni and cheese that comes out of it is bright, shiny orange. The boxed stuff is fine for kids. It’s fast and cheap, and they can’t tell the difference. But for adults, it’s time to do something better. It’s time for homemade macaroni...
Pesto in winter? Of course, and here are wines that match the richness

Pesto in winter? Of course, and here are wines that match the richness

This rich pasta dish calls for bright and lively wines that will either complement the richness, cut through it or, in an ideal pairing, both. Any of these three wines— a Champagne, a gruner veltliner from Austria or a sauvignon blanc from California — will do the job nicely. Make this: Winter Pesto With the food processor running, drop 3 cloves garlic down the chute, one by one, buzzing...
Chocolate-coffee ice cream and cake squares put good things together

Chocolate-coffee ice cream and cake squares put good things together

Cake and ice cream make a good couple. They balance each other out. One’s churned cold, the other’s baked hot. One’s creamy, the other crumbles. One loves cold weather, the other resents it. Blistering marital bliss. Ice cream insists on arctic temperatures; show it a cupboard or countertop, and it goes all drippy. Give cake a shelf in the freezer, and it turns frosty, brittle and...
Don’t judge a wine by the grape on its label

Don’t judge a wine by the grape on its label

The word “varietal” is among the most misused in wine. Many people think of it as a synonym for “grape,” as in, “What varietals are in that wine?” Not to be pedantic, but that is wrong. Varietal is not a noun, it is an adjective. One may properly refer to a “varietal wine,” like a cabernet sauvignon or a chardonnay, in which the wine is made with a dominant...
Flavor-packed sausage sandwiches on roster for parties

Flavor-packed sausage sandwiches on roster for parties

Sausages are synonymous with good times. Think about it. We grill them on hot summer days, top bratwurst with onions and mustard at music fests and indulge in frankfurters at ballgames. Delicious and fun. So why not enjoy them in the middle of winter? In addition to great flavor, there are a couple of bonuses: Sausage cooks quickly. It’s also economical at the meat counter. These days, the choices...
Make a sweet breakfast with these potato pancakes

Make a sweet breakfast with these potato pancakes

Americans aren’t the only people who love potatoes for breakfast. Hashbrowns are on the menu at just about every diner in the country, but in Switzerland, you’ll find an equally beloved potato dish called rosti, which is more like a potato pancake and is now on brunch menus around the world, including Bonhomie in Austin. Irish chef Donal Skehan published this sweet potato rosti in his...
Warm up with this Thai tilapia dish

Warm up with this Thai tilapia dish

Thai peanut sauce and coconut milk add an intriguing flavor to tilapia. For this recipe they are simmered together creating a flavorful sauce to gently coat the fish. Peanut sauce is the base for many Thai dishes and is made from roasted peanuts, soy sauce and spices. There are several types in the supermarket. I choose a thick one when it is available. Coconut milk is made by mixing shredded coconut...
Instant Pot recipe: Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

Instant Pot recipe: Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

Excerpted from “The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook” by Coco Morante ($19.95, Ten Speed Press) Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake With an almond cookie crust and a light, lemony filling, this cheesecake is an update on an Italian classic. Serve it as is, or with a dollop of lemon curd and a dusting of confectioner’s sugar for a more decadent dessert. 7 graham cracker sheets 1/4 cup sliced...
Exploring the sweet subtleties of vinegar

Exploring the sweet subtleties of vinegar

When Edward Lee was growing up in Brooklyn, his grandmother fermented traditional Korean foods at home to stock the pantry, making her own gochujang and doenjang, along with several kinds of kimchi and rice vinegars. Lee now makes his own vinegars at 610 Magnolia, his restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, using whole raw persimmons, peaches and fennel. Like many cooks who value the complex and sometimes...
Carrots take off thanks to buzz over turmeric

Carrots take off thanks to buzz over turmeric

“Carrots keep you healthy and help you see in the blackout,” read one 1940s war propaganda advertisement. While carrots are indeed loaded with vitamin A, which is necessary for good eyesight, eating them can’t improve night vision. Smithsonian Magazine notes the exaggeration didn’t stop the British government from pushing the carrot’s superhero qualities in an effort...

Pumpkin Pie, Thai-style

The Thai dessert sangkaya is a steamed squash filled with coconut custard. It may not sound like pie, but anyone who likes a good slice of pumpkin pie should be very interested in this dish. I first came across sangkaya at a night market in Bangkok. Taking in the tapioca balls, syrups, fried goodies and brightly colored jellies of a dessert vendor, I noticed a squash that was sliced into four wedges...
The popcorn apocalypse

The popcorn apocalypse

Fashion Week finally came to life Tuesday evening in the shadow of the valley of — well, not death exactly. More like a post-apocalyptic prairie seen through a B-movie lens. Toto, what happened to Kansas? Raf Simons buried it under 50,000 gallons of popcorn. Or, to be fair, he buried the floor of the American Stock Exchange building under 50,000 gallons of popcorn, trucked in for a wackadoodle...
Travel Channel’s ‘Food Paradise’ filming at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew this week

Travel Channel’s ‘Food Paradise’ filming at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew this week

Looking for your 15 seconds of fame along with a side of smoked meats? The Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” show will dip into North Austin barbecue restaurant Stiles Switch Thursday to film scenes for an episode. The restaurant says that shooting should go from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., so you grab your favorite t-shirt that lacks any trademark-violating...
Upmarket hot dog restaurant Frank reopens in the Warehouse District

Upmarket hot dog restaurant Frank reopens in the Warehouse District

Frank restaurant (407 Colorado St.) sat dark for two weeks after the state closed the restaurant for unpaid taxes, but the restaurant reopened Friday night at 7 p.m. Owners said they were able to raise the funds that allowed them to get compliant with their tax debt. Frank served a full menu all weekend, including Sunday brunch. “We had great support from the community...
J. Black’s on West Sixth Street closes

J. Black’s on West Sixth Street closes

One of the staples of booze West Sixth Street for the past decades is shuttering. J. Black’s Feel Good Lounge sent out an email newsletter Friday announcing that it would close after service on Saturday. The bar, lounge and eatery opened at 710 W. Sixth St. The Manera Restaurant Group which operated J. Black’s opened casual seafood spot TLC late last...
In Chengdu, finding peace in parks and heat in cuisine

In Chengdu, finding peace in parks and heat in cuisine

“Now, that bear is definitely not white,” said the Dutch tourist next to me. The giant panda turned in our direction at that moment and let out some kind of loud sneeze or snort as if to say, “Give me a break, pal.” It was raining and muddy, after all, and even slightly smudged, the panda bears at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding were still absurdly adorable...
Cravings for sure, but can sugar cause addiction?

Cravings for sure, but can sugar cause addiction?

If you do an online search about sugar, you may become convinced that it's evil and addictive - and that your sweet tooth will lead you to ruin. You'll also see plenty of advice for how to curb your craving for sugary goodness. But what do we really know about how sugar affects us? Does eating sugar make us want to eat more of it? First things first. Sugar is a carbohydrate, a category that includes...
Two ways to save your cilantro and other food questions answered

Two ways to save your cilantro and other food questions answered

Food writer Julia Turshen recently joined The Washington Post Food staff in answering questions about all things edible. Here are edited excerpts from that chat. A: Trim the cilantro stems, make sure the bunch is dry, and stick it (cut-stem-side down) in a jar with a few inches of water in it. Put a zip-top bag over the top of it, and put it in the refrigerator. - Joe Yonan A: I've found that when...
Today’s Special: It’s time for a soothing bowl of steaming soup

Today’s Special: It’s time for a soothing bowl of steaming soup

This time of the year puts me into the comfort-food mode. And nothing is more soothing than a steaming bowl of homemade soup on a cool February day.  A hearty soup, by itself or with a sandwich and salad, makes a complete dinner on a busy day. Assembling a whole meal in a bowl with simple ingredients, such as beans, sautéed onions, a handful of lentils, chopped vegetables and fresh herbs...
Some free apps to help you pay for that latte

Some free apps to help you pay for that latte

Let’s say you want to earn some extra pocket cash, but you’re short on free time (and energy). Your phone might be a good place to start. There are quite a few apps designed to help you earn some extra dough, either in the form of gift cards or standard cold, hard cash.   There is a trade-off, however. Nearly any kind of reward app, even the legitimate ones, will track at least...
Lessons From the 2018 Winemaker Challenge

Lessons From the 2018 Winemaker Challenge

While pricey Napa Valley wines dominated the top awards at the 2018 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition in San Diego at the end of January, other trends emerged, as they always do. The Winemaker Challenge involves blind tastings, as all credible wine competitions do. Judges evaluate each wine without such vital information as producer or price. Blind tastings level the playing field...
Best Bites: Cheez-It Sriracha Snack Mix

Best Bites: Cheez-It Sriracha Snack Mix

Everything tastes better with sriracha. The Cheez-It folks decided to spice up their snack mix — crispy toast, Chex-like corn squares, Cheeto-like crunchy curls and plenty of Cheez-It crackers — with a dose of powdered sriracha (a sauce made from chili peppers, garlic and sugar). How hot is it? People who like hot food said it was not very hot at all. People who do not like hot food found...
This homemade harissa paste from America’s Test Kitchen seasons everything

This homemade harissa paste from America’s Test Kitchen seasons everything

Just when you think there are no new recipes or cooking techniques, America’s Test Kitchen comes in with a surprise, like blooming spices for this harissa-rubbed lamb in the microwave. Many Americans only cook lamb around Easter, but you can use any number of cooking techniques and spices to prepare a special meal any time of year. This version from America’s...
Everything can be good to the last drop when you're resourceful

Everything can be good to the last drop when you're resourceful

"I saved this in case you want to use it for something," my husband, Braeden, says multiple times a week. Sometimes he's holding a jar of honey, empty save for the sticky bits clinging to the sides. Other days it's a bottle of barbecue sauce with an infuriating amount left at the bottom that refuses to squeeze out. Sure, we could rinse and recycle the jars and bottles, like normal people...
A quarter sheet pan is plenty big enough to hold all my love

A quarter sheet pan is plenty big enough to hold all my love

Nobody would mistake me for being hip and trendy. I have been wearing clogs - not the same pair, mind you - since the Ford administration. Yet I am YASSing and inserting heart emoji on behalf of the quarter sheet pan, which is surfing a wave of popularity. Deservedly so. There it is on social media, roasting a one-pan meal for two. Toasting a handful of nuts so tidily. Cradling a deep-dish pizza for...
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