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Dana Cowin calls on top chefs for help in Mastering My Mistakes

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Some years ago, when I edited the food pages of a daily newspaper, we asked readers to tell us about their worst mistakes in the kitchen. One woman recalled making her first chicken soup. When the steaming, fragrant soup was ready, all that remained was straining the broth. She picked up the hot pot, carefully poured the contents into a colander in the sink that she had prepared beforehand, and watched the golden broth as it flowed. . . down the drain. She had forgotten to put a bowl under the colander. Oops. Kitchen mistakes. We’ve all made them. And we all live through them somehow, even if survival entails a quick drive to the local pizza place. Or a…

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This St. Patrick’s Day, move beyond green beer

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Expand your knowledge of Irish food this St. Patrick’s Day with the new cookbook My Irish Table (Ten Speed Press, March), by chef Cathal Armstrong and food writer David Hagedorn. Armstrong, who grew up in Dublin and now works in Washington D.C., was named as one of Food & Wine Magazines “10 Best New Chefs 2006,” and is the owner and chef of Restaurant Eve; Eamonn’s: A Dublin Chipper; and Society Fair. He is also a board member of Fresh Farm Markets, the founder of Chefs as Parents, and was honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change.” Armstrong’s father—who planted and harvested the family garden, cooked their elaborate meals, and afforded Armstrong the opportunity to travel extensively…

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