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Best of Columbia 2021: Food and Drink | Free Times

Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant — Motor Supply Co. BistroSecond Place: Spotted Salamander Cafe and CateringChef Wes Fulmer’s long-running connections with the farming community have always helped bring in the freshest ingredients to help fuel his local menu. An advocate for the region’s farmers, it’s almost impossible not to see Columbia on every plate he serves. Fulmer’s enthusiasm for local goods spills into head barman’s Jake Smith’s cocktail menu, where he constantly finds ways to incorporate local fruits and products like Indah coffee into his work.Honorable Mention: Terra Restaurant, Black RoosterBest Asian Restaurant — Miyo's GroupSecond Place: Duke's Pad ThaiThere’s no denying that…
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15 Easy Tomato Recipes – The New York Times

Perhaps you’ve already excitedly made gazpacho and pico de gallo and maybe even prepared a batch of red sauce for the freezer, but those perfectly ripe (and fresh) summer tomatoes at the market sure are tempting. So you lug home another few pounds of them, unable to resist but without a plan. Good news: New York Times Cooking has plenty. Below are more than a dozen recipes that put the quintessential fruit of the season front and center, so you won’t have regretted following their call.The nostalgia of eating a juicy tomato, sliced and tucked between slices of mayo-slathered country…
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Easy Grilled Chicken Recipes – The New York Times

Chicken is easily the most searched for ingredient on New York Times Cooking, and it stands to reason: It’s economical, it’s widely available, it’s better for the climate than other meats. And it’s endlessly adaptable, a blank canvas for all sorts of preparations and vibrant, delicious seasonings. In the cold weather months, that means cozy soups, braises and burnished roasts. But in the summer, grilling becomes the method of choice, as it gets you out of a hot kitchen, and adds a layer of fire-kissed flavor and texture to the otherwise mild-mannered meat. You can always salt the dickens out…
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20 Summer Potluck Ideas – The New York Times

It’s time for park picnics and backyard potlucks, and, for obvious reasons, our staff is excited for the outdoor hang more than ever this year. And, whether it’s something sweet (Rice Krispies treats loaded with chocolate and pretzels, peach cobbler, plum torte) or savory (deviled eggs, Chinese dumplings, fried chicken), one of their favorites is bound to please everybody at your gathering. So load up your picnic basket and celebrate by sharing one of our favorite dishes with your loved ones — who will surely ask you to pass along the recipe.I think Kwan Bellhouse’s chicken larb (or Hetty McKinnon’s…
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Foods and beverages deliver sleep, stress, and mood relief in turbulent times

Eat your feelings: It’s a saying—and a strategy—that plenty of us have grown familiar with over the past year and a half.And who could blame us? In the midst of a year that’s rendered words like challenging and unprecedented cliché, it’s only natural to seek comfort. And at a fundamental level, comfort is a lot of what eating is about. (Just ask any recently fed baby.)But while some have found their emotional Band-Aid in a bowl of ice cream or homemade brownie, others seek a more mindful approach to eating their feelings.In so doing, they’re inspiring wellness brands to use…
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