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High Life Decoded: Is Meat Seasonal?

It is finally barbecue season, which means that many of us will soon be spending weekends pursuing butcher's cases wondering what to throw over the flames. Burgers and dogs are the obvious…

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High Life Decoded: Seasonal Seafood

When spring rolls around, there are visible signals in the produce aisle—bright-green snap peas, funky-looking morels—that make it easy to understand the appeal of seasonal eating. But the…

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High Life Decoded: Seasonal Vegetables

There was a time when vegetables were the runts of the dining scene, relegated to superfluous garnishes and boring sides. But veggies have staged a coup. These days, Marc Forgione's American Cut…

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High Life Decoded: Your Essential Pasta Primer

While the exact origins of pasta are difficult to trace (some believe that it was brought from China by Marco Polo), its history is inextricably linked to the history of Italy. Under Mussolini,…

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High Life Decoded: Unlocking the Secrets of Rum

Ernest Hemingway once said: “Who can say anything that gives you the momentary well-being that rum does?” It is true that a slug of rum can make the world turn a bit rosy, but the spirit’s…

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High Life Decoded: Charcuterie

You may live for pepperoni on your late-night pizza and bratwurst with your beer, but how much do you really know about prepared meats?…

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High Life Decoded: Common Champagne Myths, Debunked

In the 17th century, a monk by the name of Dom Perignon set out to resurrect the vines in France’s once-forsaken Champagne region. His early trials with winemaking were thwarted by carbon…

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High Life Decoded: A Guide to Truffles

In the heart of white truffle season, here is your guide to navigate one of the most highly regarded (and widely counterfeited) ingredients on the market.…