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Pilafs and Biryanis
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Pilafs and Biryanis

By Tim Hazell “Pilaf -Turkish pilav, Azeri plov, Romanian pilaf, Persian polow, India/Afghanistan/Pakistan pulav/ pulao, Uzbek and Russian plov, Kazakh palaw.” Like all of the world’s truly great cuisines, Indian cooking has a distinctive architecture of its own. Culinary arts remain largely oral traditions passed on as heirlooms or through skills acquired under rigorous apprenticeship....

The Computer Corner
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The Computer Corner

By Charles Miller Politics continues to be in the news, even in “The Computer Corner.” An example is how Google Maps embroils the company in the politics of cartography. The fact is that even today there are many disputed borders between neighboring nations and Google has unfortunately found itself right in the middle of some...

The Bell Art Quartet Celebrates Our Roots
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The Bell Art Quartet Celebrates Our Roots

MusicThe Bell Art QuartetSun, Mar 15, 12:30pmMiguel Malo AuditoriumBellas ArtesFree By Tim Hazell Many of you have attended and enjoyed our Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra’s energetic performances of classical music, Sundays at Bellas Artes Centro Cultural “El Nigromante.” Worthy of note is that the chamber orchestra has also served as the vehicle to bring...

SPA Pets of the Month, March 2020
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SPA Pets of the Month, March 2020

By Jayn Corral and Megan Gabel Jerry, almost two-years-old, is a spunky and entertaining large, sleek tabby. Frisky, fun, and affectionate, he has a mind of his own and is full of surprises. Larissa, just over a year old, is a black-and-white beauty with longish fur. Her personality is as beautiful as her coat. Very...

Avocados and the Tehuacán Valley
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Avocados and the Tehuacán Valley

By Tim Hazell The avocado (Persea americana), a tree with probable origins in south-central Mexico, is classified as a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceae. The fruit of the plant, also called an avocado or alligator pear, is botanically a berry containing a single large seed. Native Oaxaca criollo avocados, the ancestral form of...

Roasted Napa Cabbage
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Roasted Napa Cabbage

By Tim and Louise Hazell The innovative naturalist, Li Shizhen (1518-1593), popularized Chinese cabbage by bringing attention to its medicinal qualities. Chinese cabbage can refer to two groups of leaf vegetables often used in Chinese cuisine: the Pekinensis Group (napa cabbage) and the Chinensis Group (bok choy). These vegetables are both subspecies of the turnip...

The Computer Corner
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The Computer Corner

By Charles Miller A century ago, before radio and television, some big-city newspapers realized their readers were too impatient to wait for an “extra” edition of the paper to be printed. On election night the paper lit a light at the top of the tallest downtown skyscraper, red if one candidate won or blue for...