Before there were grape presses, there were feet. In earlier times, wine grapes were crushed by people stomping on the grapes. You may have seen the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy takes a shot at it. Now, we take you even farther back, to the time of the ancient Incas, who lived in the […]

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Over the past 15 years, hummus, a Middle Eastern dip and spread, has exploded as favorite food in the U.S. We think of hummus as comfort food. Based on its nutrition, versatility and of course, taste, it’s a winner. Most people know that hummus is made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini (a paste […]

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Mandarinquats (photo courtesy Good Eggs).   Cross-breeding fruits and vegetables to discover a desirable hybrid is an ongoing task among breeders everywhere. (Hybridization is the same as cross-breeding.) You may have come across apriums and plucots, both of which are crosses of apricots and plums, with different percentages of genes. We just saw our first […]

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[1] Cherry Chiller cocktail made with rosé champagne (photo courtesy Moet et Chandon). [2] Herradura Diablo, made with tequila and cherry liqueur (photo courtesy Herradura).   Presidents’ Day is upon us, and George Washington’s birthday is February 22nd. Let’s celebrate with some cherry cocktails. Although the story of George Washington and the cherry tree is […]

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Skip the cherry pie for George Washington”s Birthday (February 22nd). Make this delicious cherry tart instead. The recipe, sent to us by Vermont Creamery via the New England Open House Cookbook, actually works with any fruit. When berry season arrives, make it with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries or strawberries; or call in the stone fruits—apricots, cherries, […]

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Roasted cauliflower is a popular side dish in our home. Leftovers can be reheated, served cold with a vinaigrette, or added to a green salad. Our most recent discovery: Add some blue cheese dressing and toothpicks, and serve them with wine and beer. This recipe is from Chef Adrianne Calvo, of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant […]

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[1] For drinks or dessert (or perhaps, drink your dessert: Bourbon Slush with Brandied Cherries (Photo courtesy Oxmoor House | Brie Passano; Food Stylist Tina Stamos, Prop Stylist Kay Clarke). [2] Find many more recipes in the book (photo courtesy Oxmoor House).   Recently we had the opportunity to preview the book What Can I […]

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The Chinese New Year holiday begins today. It’s also called Lunar New Year, since the date is based on the lunar calendar*; and other Asian countries in addition to China celebrate it. The celebration lasts for 15 days, and an estimated 1.4 billion people around the world participate. It’s the Year Of The Dog, one […]

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