Two days ago we showed how to give international flair to poke, the Hawaiian spin on sashimi salad. Today, our colleague Hannah Kaminsky transforms one of the blandest foods in America (via Italy): gnocchi. Here, she makes a fusion dish of potato gnocchi and Indian spices (photo #1), to create “samosa* gnocchi,” inspired by the […]

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[1] Get some prosciutto and basil or spinach, and start working (photo courtesy Red Hong-Yi). [2] Jackie Chan commissioned this portrait, made from 64,000 chopsticks (photo courtesy Red Hong-Yi).   Looking for a rainy day project, or to jump-start a new hobby? A fun get-together with friends? Take inspiration from the edible collages by Malaysian […]

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It’s less than a month to Father’s Day. If you’re looking for something special and Dad is a pork lover, we love this idea: Consider a gourmet combination plate—a pork version of a pu pu platter*. This idea was inspired by steakhouse Rare Steak and Seafood in Washington, D.C. (photo #1). Executive Chef Marc Hennessy […]

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[1] The poke square, a creative version of the poke bowl (photo by Allison Tong for Rooh | Flavor And The Menu). [2] A more traditional poke bowl. Here’s how to customize your own from Kirbie Cravings.   Over the past few years, poke bowls have swept west from Hawaii to the East Coast. Poke […]

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This year, American Craft Beer Week is celebrated from May 14th through 20th. It’s about celebrating the artisan ingredients, and techniques, that make a craft beer so much more tasty and special than a mass brew. There are more than 6,000 breweries in the U.S., and 99% of them are defined by the Brewers Association […]

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[1] Fluffy biscuits need baking powder (photo of buttermilk biscuits Robyn Mackenzie | Fotolia). [2] There would be no fluffy pancakes without baking powder. Here’s the recipe for these Banana Bread Pancakes from The Baker Chick. [3] Baking powder from Clabber Girl, one of the original brands still going strong—it’s the number-one seller in the […]

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May 13th is National Fruit Cocktail Day. We’re all familiar with cans of fruit cocktail from Del Monte, Dole and Libby’s. But who first created it, and why is it called “cocktail?” First: There is no alcohol in a conventional fruit cocktail. So why is it called fruit cocktail, instead of simply fruit salad? There’s […]

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[1] Pickled beets and blueberries on goat cheese crostini (photo courtesy Rick’s Picks). [3] Pickle radishes and layer sour with spicy (here’s the recipe from Simple Delicious Food). [2] Pickle any fruit or vegetable you like (photo courtesy Typhoon). Basic pickling is easy (here’s how). But if you want ideas on how to layer herbs […]

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