We love this idea from Ardor Restaurant, located in the West Hollywood Edition hotel in Los Angeles. This vegetable-forward restaurant uses organic ingredients, prepared simply but (as you can tell from the photo), impressively. We’d also like to give a shout out to Chef John Fraser, a California native whose cuisine enthralled us when he […]

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[1] Spring Panzanella Salad, an Italian classic (photos #1 and #2 © Tending The Table | California Olive Ranch). [2] Close-up on the salad. [3] Radicchio (this variety is Trevisol; photo © Good Eggs). [3] Arbequina EVOO (photo © California Olive Ranch).   We love all kinds of bread, and that includes biscuits, pizza crusts, […]

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We are big fans of the turkey products from Diestel Family Ranch, a premier breeder of whole turkeys and other turkey treats. There are: Conventional whole turkeys plus Non-GMO and organic options. Boneless turkey breast that’s 100% breast, no patched-up pieces. Turkey burgers, chorizo, franks, ground turkey and sandwich slices including turkey pastrami, sausage.   […]

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This upside-down beer glass caught our eye. We wanted a set, but couldn’t justify the expenditure (not to mention, no room in our cabinet). The double-walled glass keeps your beer colder, for longer. There’s no condensation on the outside, either. Plan ahead for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day and take a further look at the […]

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[1] Braised chicken thighs atop creamy polenta (photo © Good Eggs). [2] Large chicken thighs (photo © Good Eggs) [3] Use a braising dish or a casserole dish. A Dutch oven also works (photo of casserole dish © Lodge Cast Iron). [4] A wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano, ready to grate (photo © YinYang iStock Photo).   […]

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Polenta, made from ground cornmeal, is a porridge that dates to ancient times. It is gluten free, although not a whole grain*. This traditional Italian cornmeal style originated in Umbria in northern Italy, where it was a simple, hearty peasant food. In the U.S. and U.K., cooked polenta is known as as cornmeal mush. Polenta […]

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[1] Luscious, aren’t they! But what do you do during the long span of months when vine-ripened tomatoes are out of season (photo © Baldor Specialty Food). [2] Cherry tomatoes: Not the same thing, but a fair substitute (photo © Casa Barilla). [3] Sundried tomatoes should look like this: bright red and moist. If you […]

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March 21st is National Tiramisu Day. Tiramisu is such a popular restaurant dessert, yet few people make it at home. It’s less work than an apple pie! In addition to classic tiramisu, we have a variation for people who don’t like coffee: a lemon tiramisu, below. Check out the history of tiramisu.     RECIPE […]

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