On a Bahamas Sail, 8 Friends Get a Taste of Robinson Crusoe

Thick emerald waves broke over a quarter-mile-long sandbar, blocking our way. A few hundred yards east, whitecaps crashed across Exuma Sound — a 6,000-foot-deep abyss of rolling swells and powerful trade winds that would likely flip our tiny sailboats. Beyond the sandbar, we could see the tranquil flats of the Exuma Bank and the protected…

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Instant Fish Stock, the Escoffier Way

For Feast of the Seven Fishes, you will surely need some fish stock. Here’s the easy answer, a powdered stock base made from fish (like cod or haddock), onions and parsley root. It is said to be based on a recipe from 1921 that was developed by Auguste Escoffier. A chef, Henry M. Summers, was…

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Hallmark Channel Apologizes for Pulling Ads With Brides Kissing

Hallmark apologized on Sunday after facing days of backlash for pulling four television ads that featured brides kissing each other. In a statement, Mike Perry, the president and chief executive of Hallmark Cards, said the team at Hallmark Channel’s parent company, Crown Media Family Networks, had “been agonizing over this decision as we’ve seen the…

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Hummus, the Book

The title of this lavish gift volume on hummus is rendered in Arabic, English and Hebrew. The book, written by a team of Israelis, tours cities in the Middle East, exploring how they use chickpeas, not just in hummus but also in falafel, stews and other dishes, and even fashioned in gold as a prize…

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Gift a Brick of Caviar

Calvisius, the Northern Italian farmed caviar company, sells an innovative and useful type of dried caviar. Made from California white sturgeon roe and shaped like an ingot, the caviar is firm and hard so it can easily be shaved with a grater or potato peeler over scrambled eggs, an omelet, mashed potatoes, pasta, cheese, seafood…

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This Space Is for the Baristas

Cafes that are serious about the coffees they prepare have become commonplace. But here’s a new one that’s also a school and a training ground for baristas, with rigorous courses leading to official certification by the Specialty Coffee Association, a global trade group. Chi Sum Ngai and Kaleena Teoh, who own Coffee Project NY cafes…

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An Olive Oil Adventure Awaits

Olive Oil Jones, which imports oils and vinegars directly from their producers, has introduced tasting kits. Each well-priced box ($65) has four bottles of oil or vinegar, a varied assortment to explore. The oils are Catalan arbequina, Spanish Sierra de Cazorla, Portuguese Cabeço das Nogueiras and Western Sicilian. The vinegar kit has lambrusco, saba, bittersweet…

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On First and First, a Homey Bakery

In his homey new Red Gate Bakery, opening Thursday, Greg Rales pays homage to a farm on Nantucket where he spent summers as a child. Mr. Rales is a self-taught baker, though he worked at Flour Shop and Ovenly. His director of operations is Patricia Howard, who was at the Beatrice Inn. Red accents enliven…

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Hard Times for a Hot Commodity, the Prized New Mexico Chile

HATCH, N.M. — In all her eight decades of farming in southeastern New Mexico, June Rutherford has never seen a chile season this bad. “The weather hasn’t been a bit good for chile,” said Ms. Rutherford, who was recently crowned Queen of the Great New Mexico Chile Taste-Off, in Socorro, N.M., about 110 miles north…

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The Best Biscuits? There Are a Few Tricks

I did not grow up in biscuit country. The totality of my pre-20s biscuit experience in the Northeast came in the form of Popeyes sides, Pillsbury Grands and McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches. (I still have a soft spot for those odd folded egg patties.) Since then, I’ve been schooled on all manner of biscuits, ranging from…

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