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Tapping tradition

Jigs, reels, hornpipes, slip-jigs, slides and more all comprise the hauntingly old genre of traditional Irish music.


Visual Arts

Angela Botzer

Hill Irish Dance’s School’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Dance Fundraiser

6 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday

First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City

600 NW 13th St.

$5-$10

 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Devoted to dumplings

Asian dumplings are irresistible little packets of goodness that represent comfort and fun of communal eating.


Food and Drink Features

Angela Botzer
While it’s sometimes difficult to classify what exactly a dumpling is, there are three basic traits — dumplings most often have a filling; they are wrapped in a type of dough; and they are boiled, steamed or pan-fried. Different folds and shapes abound for these goodies: round, crescent, basket, pleated and more.
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spice it up

Specialty vinegars, oils, herbs and spices are sometimes difficult to find, but Oklahoma City cooks are in luck.


Food and Drink Features

Angela Botzer
It all started when I needed to add green and pink peppercorns to a seafood, citrus and greens salad, a recipe suggested to me by Marc Dunham, director of culinary arts at Francis Tuttle Technology Center.
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hot and cool

Tandoori cooking blends unique spice and sweetness into traditional Indian fare.


Food and Drink Features

Angela Botzer
What is it that makes the enduring flavor of tandoori cooking so special? It’s the tandoor, a cylindrical clay oven used predominantly in India. The charcoal used in the oven imparts a smoky flavor, the signature of tandoori cooking. Savory dishes commonly cooked in a tandoor oven are kebabs, tikkas, the popular naan bread and tandoori roti.
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Marvelous margaritas

Oklahomans won’t waste away in Margaritaville on National Margarita Day; here are the hot spots in OKC.


Food and Drink Features

Angela Botzer
This is what you’ve been training for: National Margarita Day is Saturday, Feb. 22.
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Artisinal delight

These Old World-style bakeries offer elegant comfort during the cold winter months.


Food and Drink Features

Angela Botzer
Artisinal bakeries abound in Oklahoma City, and these bakeries shine through the dark winter in particular.
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wholly molé

Most of us have heard about guacamole, but what about the many rich varieties of molé sauces available in the city?


Food and Drink Features

Angela Botzer
Traditional Mexican molé is the general name for several sauces as well as the delectable signature dishes based upon the sauces. Molé recipes can be very complicated or very simple, but let’s face it; the ones we crave are the ones most delightfully complicated.
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cheap eats

Where do you eat when your wallet says stop and your belly says go?


Food and Drink Features

Angela Botzer
It’s February, and so far, you’re keeping up with your New Year’s resolutions to save money when dining out. But where can you go for $5 or less? Tax and tip not included, here are twenty gems to check out right now.
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Eat, sample, love

Norman’s award-winning Chocolate Festival brings together the love of confection and art.


Food and Drink Features

Angela Botzer
Since the time Mayans and Aztecs in Central America and Mexico included chocolate as part of their diets, people around the world have had a perpetual love affair with chocolate in every form.
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Panaderías

It’s time to meet the donuts, or even better, the tres leches cake, at these local Mexican bakeries.


Food and Drink Features

Angela Botzer
Freshly baked pastries, breads, cakes and cookies are all woven into the fabric of daily Mexican cuisine. The beloved Mexican bakeries are frequented most often for breakfast, a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and to catch up on local news.
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Elegant education

District 21 restaurant is home to culinary arts and a top-shelf teaching school.


Food and Drink Features

Angela Botzer
Everything is truly mise en place (all ingredients prepared and “put in place” before cooking) at The Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts, 12777 N. Rockwell Ave.
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

High time for Downton

Formal afternoon teas — the good, old-fashioned English way — are new again. Here’s where to find them.


Food and Drink Features

Angela Botzer
This city isn’t late to the Downton Abbey television series — or to its old-is-new-again trend of high tea. Yes, a formal afternoon tea with friends, scones, lemon curd, crumpets — the Edwardian works.
 
Monday, December 30, 2013

Gimme a break

Breakfast items vary from country to country but have one thing in common: they are delicious.


Food and Drink Features

Angela Botzer
You know you need breakfast before you go on an all-day holiday shopping trip, but all you currently have in your kitchen is ketchup, a can of tuna and some okra because there’s no time to shop for groceries. Bored to tears of the traditional American breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast? Take a trip around the world, treat yourself before noon and get your holiday shopping on.
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A taste for tagine

This iconic Mediterranean stew can’t be found just anywhere. Here’s where to get it.


Food and Drink Features

Angela Botzer

Craving something Mediterranean but different? Try a tagine, the iconic dish of Morocco. Pronounced “tah-ZHEEN,” it refers to both the ceramic cooking vessel and any braised stew cooked in it.

 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Spirited away

Chill out with tall, cool, liquored-up versions of the all-American milkshake this holiday season.


Food and Drink Features

Angela Botzer
Since the first time the term milkshake appeared in a British weekly newspaper in 1885, the drink has gone through many transformations. Initially, it was an alcoholic drink made with eggs, whiskey, milk and ice cream, resembling eggnog. By 1900, however, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry syrups were introduced, sans the whiskey, creating a more familiar version.
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
 
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