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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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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[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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[1] Instead of cream cheese, lowfat Greek yogurt blended with garlic, dill and parsley (photo courtesy Chobani Café (all photos courtesy Chobani). [2] Use yogurt in different types of sauces. Here, yogurt is blended with cheese as a dipping sauce for Pigs & Blankets, but you could eas easily use it on chicken, grains or […]

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February 14th—Valentine’s Day—is also National Creme Filled Chocolates Day. But what’s with creme vs. cream? “Creme,” pronounced cream, is a mis-spelled, mis-pronounced Americanization of the French word for cream, crème (pronounced KREHM). It is used in the U.S. to make chocolates and desserts seem more special; i.e., French, without the correct French pronunciation and accent […]

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[1] This beet cocktail is garnished with baby beet greens. You can substitute tarragon (photo courtesy Gardenia Restaurant | New York City). [2] Beet juice is an under-used cocktail mixer. It’s also delicious as a straight juice drink (photo courtesy R.W. Knudsen).   For Valentine’s Day, treat yourself to a beet-red cocktail. A Bloody Mary […]

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Spring begins on March 20th and Easter Sunday is April 1st…but IKEA is having a celebration on Friday, March 9th. You can join participating IKEA stores nationwide* for a Påskbord, a Swedish smörgåsbord buffet in honor of the Easter holiday.   IKEA PASKBORD MENU** The all-you-can eat buffet of classic Swedish food offerings includes: First […]

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We got our love of rice pudding from our mom, who made it from scratch, with lots of raisins and cinnamon. Before she put it in the fridge to chill, we got to eat some warm. If your Valentine—or your mom—loves rice pudding, try this special recipe*. The coconut flavor comes from coconut milk, which […]

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