These sizzlin’ hot Valentine’s Day gifts are perfect for a home cook

If your Valentine shows love by making tasty food on the regular, send some back in the form of flashy new kitchen gear or refined ingredients for cooking. But don’t snatch up just any old skillet: Your special person deserves something equally special with which to slice, dice, simmer and sauté. 

The best Valentine’s Day gift for a home chef will be one they use, but you don’t have to go full-tilt utilitarian with your picks. Perhaps they own a chef’s knife they love but might appreciate a specialty blade to add to the collection. And a chef who is flush with gear will always appreciate fine ingredients like fresh pasta or good cuts of meat to turn out their next recipe. 

The best thing about buying for a person who loves to cook is the sheer volume of gift options you have, from the highly practical to the

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Porter Soul Food Thrives on Flavors and Memories of Home | Maryland News

By CHRISTINA TKACIK, The Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — Located in a former Popeye’s set amid a highway strip mall, Porter Soul Food is dishing up Southern classics and beating the odds that come with being a Black-owned restaurant on the Eastern Shore.

After opening in January 2020, it had to operate as a carryout only during some of its earliest months in operation due to COVID. That might have doomed any new business, but the surrounding community in Cambridge embraced the restaurant. Online reviews reflect the cult-like status the restaurant has built in under two years.

“Can’t wait to return to one of our favorite restaurants in the country.”

“Best catfish on the East coast!!”

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Other draws for their customers include fall-off-the-bone turkey wings and oxtail smothered in gravy. And of course, there are fresh cooked collard greens and macaroni and cheese, made just the way

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Effective tips to make cooking at home easy and healthy!

‘The food we eat makes a difference’ — this quote by Micheal Greger speaks a lot about a person’s eating habits. In today’s fast-paced world, it is all about quick solutions, including food habits – fast food, canned foods, packaged food and the list goes on. Pertinently, the food we eat also has an impact on our health.

According to a Lancet study, 1 in 5 deaths globally is associated with a poor diet, and diet contributes to a range of chronic diseases in people around the world. Overall, in 2017, an estimated 11 million deaths were attributed to a poor diet. These cases included 10 million deaths from cardiovascular disease.

It is important to adopt a healthy diet to reduce the risk of a person developing heart disease by 35%. The risk is further diminished by 70%, when the person follows a good lifestyle. Interestingly, the diets of average

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How to cook Native American cuisine at home with chef Freddie Bitsoie

Native American chefs and their use of traditional Indigenous foods in modern restaurant settings are becoming increasingly more visible — and now easier to learn about and make at home with the addition of Freddie Bitsoie’s “New Native Kitchen.” Bitsoie, a Navajo citizen who grew up in New Mexico, is the former executive chef of the Mitsitam Native Foods Café at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. He partnered up with James Beard Award–winning author James O. Fraioli to write the collections of recipes.

Bitsoie joined me on “Salon Talks” last month right before Thanksgiving to share how his curiosity for the kitchen thrusted him into a formal culinary education and how his ancestral recipes pulled him back into wanting to educate and share modern takes on the cuisine he grew up with. Bitsoie experimented with cooking as a child when his parents were out of

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