Solar cooks can use the sun's rays to make meals from rice and beans to spare ribs and even cake — no electricity or gas required. With the right equipment, all you need is a sunny day and some patience.
Take a hot dog from New York's Coney Island, throw in plenty of Greek immigrants and a booming auto industry, add some chili sauce, a steamed bun, chopped onions, mustard and an epic sibling rivalry and you've got the makings of a classic American melting pot story.
The French Revolution conjures up memories of Marie Antoinette and the guillotine and angry peasant uprisings, but middle-class vegetarians may have also played an important role in the politics of the day.
As part of the occasional Weekend Edition series Taste of Summer, beer expert Graham Haverfield picks — and Scott Simon drinks — a few of summer's most refreshing brews. Haverfield also has advice on pairing his picks with tasty seasonal dinners.
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