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Nosh Box: Not a Bad Actor during April

“A bad actor who performs in an exaggerated or playful way when people are watching,” is a colloquial definition of a ham. Merriam-Webster and theatrics aside, April is the month when hams perform, but not on stage.

Nosh Box: As Irish as Kung Pao Chicken

Named for the Roman god of war, month-wise, March shows a checkered past and offers a mottled future. Julius Caesar was stabbed on the Ides of March. Despite this timing, the month of July—and not the salad—remains his principal namesake. March has emerged as the center of the U.S. collegiate basketball universe. This month an annual bracketed tournament for 68 teams will crown a national champion through competitive elimination, aptly dubbed “March Madness.” On the religious front, Easter sometimes occurs as early as March 22, and Passover often begins in March. Weather-wise, March is the first month of spring. As to festivities, it’s the month when Americans celebrate National Nutrition, Women’s History, Fire Prevention, the American Red Cross, and—on March 17—St. Patrick’s Day.

Nosh Box: Bidding Big Bird Bye-Bye

To most, the perfectly browned, picturesque turkey presents a bevy of trials.

Tri-Tip’s True Origins

Grilling pit master Donna Fong reveals the real facts.

A Hands-on Guide to Fried Chicken

Nothing fills the bill for a hot August event better than an order of crispy fried chicken.

Green and Clean

Cucumbers are one of summer’s brightest, most beneficial foods.

Cold and Chewy

Chilled noodles at Itani Ramen say Japanese summer.

Bound for Beanville

Blue Lake green beans can’t be topped, especially in this salad from chef Paul Canales.

First Blush

Apricots and their hybrid cousins brighten early summer dishes.

Aw, Snap

Bitter melon adds flavorful crunch to savory dishes.