What’s cooking: Bugsy’s birthday, food trucks, full-menu cake

Cocktail marks Bugsy’s birthday

Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse at the Flamingo is celebrating the Feb. 28 birthday of namesake Bugsy Siegel with a special cocktail. Bugsy’s Spritz is made with Carpano dry vermouth, Pamplemousse liqueur, lime juice and Moscato d’Asti, topped with raspberries and gold flakes. Available from Sunday through March 7, it’s $20. caesars.com

Food truck event Sunday

A Bonus Round Food Truck Rally is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Pinball Hall of Fame, 1610 E. Tropicana Lane. The food trucks Matsuri, Raging Tacos, Signora Pizza and Nic’s Shrimp House will participate.

Cake celebrates Lucky

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My favorite way to cook vegetables is also the most underrated

Whole Food Cooking is a column by our Resident Vegetarian-at-Large, Amy Chaplin. Each month, Amy will show us a different way to love fruits and vegetables just a little bit more.

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I am a big fan of food prepared simply — and a bowl of steamed vegetables is my ideal simple meal. It requires minimal prep and can come together quickly at any time of year using the vegetables you have on hand. No need to heat the oven, peel onions or carrots or anything else, or wait for a pot of water to boil. You

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A guide to thickeners: cornstarch, tapioca, arrowroot, potato starch and flour

As Harold McGee explains in “On Food and Cooking,” starches are made of long chains of glucose sugar molecules that are linked to each other. Starches are useful in thickening because of the way they behave in the presence of hot water. He summarizes the process in “Keys to Good Cooking”: “When heated in a liquid, starch granules soak up water, swell, and release long, tangly starch molecules, all factors that cause the liquid to thicken.”

McGee says that cooking for an extended period, bringing the mixture to a boil or vigorous stirring will eventually thin out the mixture, which

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Texas food banks in crisis as storm disrupts supplies

<span>Photograph: Ricardo B Brazziell/AP</span>

Photograph: Ricardo B Brazziell/AP

Food banks in Texas have gone into disaster mode as they ramp up operations to tackle a surge in hunger after unprecedented freezing conditions disrupted almost every part of the food supply chain in the state.

Grocery stores are empty, school meal programs suspended, and deliveries disrupted by untreated treacherous roads that have left millions of Texans trapped in precarious living conditions with dwindling food supplies.

Even those who did stockpile before the Arctic conditions swept in have lost refrigerated groceries due to lengthy power cuts and cannot cook what food they do have without electricity

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