Ryan Siu of The Black Drop coffeehouse in Bellingham, Wash. gives a few pointers on how to make a great cup of coffee at home. One secret: a burr grinder might be the most important part of a great cup'a joe.
Bratkartoffeln (BRAT-car-toe-feln) is the unofficial German national side dish, their version of french fries, but easier to make. A two-stage cooking process — steaming over medium heat, then frying over high heat — ensures the potatoes are thoroughly cooked and tender in the middle with a golden brown crust outside.
“Delicious Dump Cakes,” a new cookbook by local home economists Roxanne Wyss and Kathy Moore is due out in May and features many delicious recipes including Brownie Turtle Pecan Dump Cake. Here, Wyss shows it really is easy to make a dump cake.
Melissa Clark, the author of the Good Appetite column, demonstrates how easy it can be to make a very light and flaky pie crust. A related recipe, for brown sugar and spice apple pie, can be found on Diner's Journal.
Branco Raiac, chef and co-owner of Flora's Italian Cafe on Hilton Head Island talks about the difference between food from his Romanian heritage and the Italian food that he loves to cook and serves in his restaurant.
Wylie is an avalanche rescue dog. The 9-year-old Australian shepherd's presence at the Tamarack Resort ski area serves as both comfort and warning sign. “They love it,” Colin Gamble of Donnelly, a Ski Patrol member and Wylie’s owner/handler. “For the most part, for them, it’s a game. As soon as you walk out and grab your skis, he’s excited.” But the avalanche threat is serious in the mountain’s out-of-bounds areas. Speed is critical in an avalanche rescue. After 15 minutes, survival rates plummet. Tamarack has kept an avalanche-rescue dog on hand since it opened.