June’s the keystone month for summer romance, so we borrow a line from Romeo and Juliet, “Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?” Garlic is oft referred to as the stinking rose, which prompted the two-outlet California restaurant chain of the same name. Garlic comes from a family of pungent aromatic vegetables whose relatives include onions, leeks, scallions, chives, and shallots.
We begin May’s celebrations with May Day, a holiday with an international following, but not much domestically. So don’t be looking for a May Day song, dance, libation, food—or a day off work. Moving on, usually in the same week, up pops Cinco de Mayo festivities. In Mexico this holiday is primarily historical, celebrating the military victory over the powerful army of the French. In the United States, we use the date to celebrate all of Mexican culture. According to National Public Radio’s Dan Pashman, “Cinco de Mayo, which has followed a similar path as St. Patrick's Day: Started by activists to celebrate Mexican culture; embraced by people just looking for a good time.”
While not the coldest month, January marks the first full month of winter. Among ways to ward off seasonal chills, one of the best is also one of the oldest, as well—as one of the easiest and least expensive: a cup or bowl of toothsome noodles steaming in a rich, savory broth
Hanukah—liike many holidays, not only is food involved, but in this Festival of Lights, food plays a cardinal role in the rituals. While some of the foods are unique, many are generic, totally secular, and very commonplace.
To most, the perfectly browned, picturesque turkey presents a bevy of trials.
The only question is: What kind of pizza are you in the mood for?
Do it yourself, or turn to professionals for customizing.
Shepherd’s pie warms up Irish winters and Bay Area summers.
Gen Y’s Betty Crocker invents a mix for everyone.
Debbie Goard, a former erotic baker, makes delicious cakes that look like eggs, sneakers, and bowls of ramen.