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When It Comes To Falafel, The Flavors Of Home Can Vary


A reporter's quest to understand differences in regional recipes of the Middle East staple yields homespun stories about their provenance.

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Taming Those Wild, Stinging Backyard Greens Into Dinner

A Pittsburgh food writer offers a lesson in making pesto out of stinging nettles and garlic mustard — springtime greens often considered weeds.

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