Pity the fool who can't love pasta fazool

If you’re like me (from New Jersey with a last name ending in a vowel), you very likely grew up eating “pasta fazool,” long before we found out that it’s actually “pasta fagioli”—technically pasta e fagioli or “pasta and beans.” Neapolitans, who have their own group of dialects, call it “fasule,” hence the…

Beer Of The Week: Roadhouse Family Vacation blonde ale is my new summer jam 

Maybe you think that all easy-drinking beers—blonde ales, cream ales, etc.—are interchangeable: they’re light, pale, balanced, and low in alcohol. I’d argue instead that because they’re deceptively simple, these are tough beers to get just right. And given many American brewers’ infatuation with hops, wacky flavors,…

The Broccoli Beer Cheese Casserole Is the Upgrade Your Potluck Needs

Hello, and welcome back to Will It Casserole?, the column where I take your delicious concepts and re-imagine them as tasty casserole creations. This week, we’re taking an already known and loved hotdish—the broccoli cheese casserole—and upgrading to a broccoli beer cheese casserole, as suggested by D. Hooper:

McDonald’s testing plastic straw alternatives; Ikea and others phasing them out entirely

The movement to reduce or eliminate the use of plastic straws has been picking up steam, as evidenced by a pair of stories this week: first, that McDonald’s will begin testing alternatives to plastic straws in some U.S. restaurants this year; second, that Ikea, SeaWorld, and Royal Caribbean have all vowed to stop…

Survey: The average drunk-munchies meal adds up to about 800 calories 

When I’ve watched friends—with greater willpower than I have—take a month or more off drinking, most tell me that they not only feel better but end up losing some weight, too. And perhaps that’s not just because they’re laying off the beer and sugary cocktails, but because they’re not indulging in the post-drinking…

“Spotted Dick” dessert renamed “Spotted Richard” in U.K. Parliament dining room

The English favor desserts consisting of a solid cake-like pudding covered with sauce, like plum pudding with hard sauce, or spotted dick. The latter is a type of sponge cake made with suet, dotted with currents, and topped with custard. The name’s a bit of a head-scratcher, although the currants seem to fill in the…

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