leadimage Super Bowl Grub (podcast)

    Only serious sports fans attend Super Bowl parties and actually pay attention to the game. Most of us are there for the camaraderie, commercials and comestibles. For Claudia Alarcón, all of the above is true--especially when it comes to the game and the grub.

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    leadimage Claudia Alarcón

    Claudia Alarcón was born and raised in Mexico City in the mostly happy home of a lower-middle class family. From her parents she inherited a passion for home cooking, fine food, and wine, learning to cook from her mother as soon as she was old enough to hold a knife and reach the stove.

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    leadimage Minimizing Party Stress

    If you've ever entertained, you've probably ended up spending more time in the kitchen in a food frenzy, whipping up tasty treats for locust-like guests to shove into their pie holes (not my guests, of course) than actually enjoying your company and the party.

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secondimage Super Bowl Grub (podcast)

Only serious sports fans attend Super Bowl parties and actually pay attention to the game. Most of us are there for the camaraderie, commercials and comestibles. For Claudia Alarcón, all of the above is true--especially when it comes to the game and the grub.

secondimage Chinese New Year with Grace Young (podcast)

Most cultures celebrate holidays with food. That's especially true during Chinese New Year, where the food one eats -- primarily on New Year's Eve -- is steeped in symbolism. Grace Young says it is the most important meal of the year and that everyone does whatever they can to "get home" for the celebration.

secondimage Peace Through Pie (podcast)

Peace Through Pie is a movement that's rekindling the pie social to help further the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and invites all of us to the table to share conversation and community around this flaky pastry.

secondimage Starting from Seed (podcast)

Seeds are crazy cool. They remain dormant until conditions are right to support their growth. Once they receive the necessary moisture, warmth and sunshine, the life force stirs within them and they begin their journey into the world.

leadimage Shrimp with Jalapeños and Bacon

Claudia Alarcón has been passionate about food her entire life. She says her father was often her guinea pig. "He'd come home from work and I would have a little menu written and have food made and expect him to eat it." The things daddies do to make their little girls happy.

leadimage Classic Dry-Fried Pepper and Salt Shrimp

There are many versions of this beloved dry stir-fry. The absence of liquid in the stir-fry allows you to experience a concentrated shrimp flavor accented by garlic, ginger, chilies, and Sichuan peppercorns.

leadimage Recipes: How ’bout Pie?

Peace Through Pie is simple as said pastry. Bake a pie -- sweet or savory -- and share it with others over conversation that centers around issues of peace and community as started by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

leadimage Roasted Fennel and Potato Soup

Writer, gardener, educator, and cook, Renee Studebaker, learned to love the flavors of all fresh produce thanks to summers she spent on her grandmother's Arkansas farm -- although at first she wasn't particularly enamored of the work involved in getting that food to the table. That's changed.