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Review by Debbie Mazo 
With elaborate instructions for creating even the smallest dish, just flipping through the pages of a glossy gourmet magazine can intimidate almost anyone. If you're a budding epicurean, don't let the fine print slow you down. Surf over to, where the art of eating and cooking are a fun experience for all. is hosted by a group of food lovers dedicated to the appreciation of fine food, whether it's homemade macaroni and cheese or take-out Chinese from a neighborhood restaurant. Visit for a collection of articles featuring hints on everyday eating, restaurant reviews, inventive recipes, and much more.

If planning meals are a daily struggle, browse through a series of articles guaranteed to help make the dinner hour less of a challenge. For example, ever wonder how to prepare frozen vegetables like spinach? Click on Everyday Eating to discover the trick to thawing spinach: unwrap it and let it sit on the counter for about 10 minutes before you're ready to use it. This lets spinach thaw slightly, letting you cut the block into slices with a heavy knife. You can also test one of the recipes included in this section like Spinach Soup topped with sour cream and Parmesan cheese.

Planning a dinner party? Then, check out the latest trends in entertaining like throwing a nontraditional cocktail party featuring a Japanese-style menu of hors d'oeuvres served with sake and cocktails. Selections from the menu include Chili Lime Martoonis for each guest to start the party, and appetizers like Tater Boats with White Beans and Miso Caramelized Onions.

Ready to create your own "pheast"? Then, click on the Recipes section for appealing choices that will complete any menu including selections for side dishes, appetizers, and desserts. Recipes such as Chicken Mushroom Marsala and Red Cabbage with Chestnuts are easier to prepare than their names may suggest. You can also explore unique regional flavors with global choices like African Vegetarian Stew and Pannekoeken (Dutch Pancakes). Whatever corner of the world you live in, you're bound to enjoy the spread at


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She's been writing the NetFood Digest column for FoodWine since 1997. You can contact her at djmbc@[email-address-removed].

Copyright © 2001, Debbie Mazo. All rights reserved.


    September 2001



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