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Monday, Oct. 22, 2001

ROCKIN’ THE GRAVY BOAT

There are meatless dishes for all to enjoy at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a harvest-time celebration in which we give thanks for the bounty of the land and share seasonal foods with the people we love. While there is nothing in its genesis to exclude vegetarians, Thanksgiving dinner in many households is a turkey-centric affair that leaves omnivores stuffed to bursting and vegetarians picking pecans out of the pie for protein. Comment.

SO AFFORDABLE

What happens when two bus boys from Long Island’s Temple Gates of Zion join forces and open a restaurant in Brooklyn? The answer is Soma, a modern eatery in the heart of Williamsburg, perfectly suited to the neighborhood’s artists, or anyone long on style and short on cash. Comment.

SPOOKY SCULPTER

Hugh McMahon quite literally carved a name for himself in the art world, but unlike his knife-wielding colleagues who ply their trade on marble or wood, McMahon works with pumpkins. Comments (2).

SAVE OUR FOODS!

Although we’re familiar with crusades to save disappearing languages and even disappearing species of animals, one new book calls attention to "preserving America’s food heritage." Quail Ridge Press’s new volume, "Best of the Best from New York Cookbook" has combed 67 of this state’s cookbooks and come up with 400 recipes that will make you proud - all over again - to be a New Yorker. Comment.

ENTREES & OVERTURES

Two friends, Caesar and Sueshe, exploring Brooklyn, a city full of so many choices, we find that deciding where to eat can be overwhelming. Yet we embark on our quest with high sprits and growling stomachs. Where will we find delicious food at reasonable prices, a unique atmosphere, attractive decor and a non-pretentious staff and clientele? Who knows? Comment.

SOME LIKE IT HOT!

There was something for everyone Sunday at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Chili Pepper Fiesta. From face painting and chili pepper puppet workshops for kids, to karaoke hosted by Jammin’ 105 for adolescents, to myriad spectator and interactive performances for all ages, it was a day of learning and fun, with the spectacular backdrop of the gardens in all their mid-fall glory. Comment.

HOME COOKIN’

Mrs. Deap’s day began at dawn when, after a glass of tea, she rode a moped to the market for vegetables, fish, squid, chicken and other ingredients she needed for the day. She cooked for a dozen or more people in a house in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, that summer day, including myself, a reporter at The Cambodia Daily. Comments (1).

MOUTHWATERING CHOICES

It’s autumn in the borough of kings, and that means it’s time for Brooklyn Eats at the New York Marriott Brooklyn. The annual tasting event on Oct. 22 promises to be even more exciting than last year’s, says Ken Adams, president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting the event. Comment.

FEED YOUR SOUL

Recent events have made me hungry. That may sound callous, but food is a comfort and as anyone with a loving mother knows, when prepared with care and served with tenderness, food can cure almost anything. I won’t go as far as to say a bowl of soup can mend the heart of a broken city, but it can help. Comment.

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