A few years ago we suggested sweet potato toast as an alternative to avocado toast, beet toast, eggplant toast, hummus toast, mushroom toast and green pea toast. We provided a recipe from Chef François Payard, who put a gourmet twist on the sweet potatoes with caramelized onions, balsamic vinaigrette and sliced roasted sweet potatoes instead […]

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[1] Sovány is the only organic sparkling fruit-flavored water (all photos © Sovány Beverage Company). [2] Whether straight from the fridge or chilled on ice, the flavors are most refreshing—and very low in calories. [3] Add fresh fruit and/or herbs for a fizzy mocktail. [4] In addition to individual cans, you can buy Sovány in […]

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[1] Make mini popcorn balls in your favorite colors (photo © National Popcorn Board). [2] You can buy bags of popcorn or pop your own (photo © Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog). [3] Popcorn trail mix is easy to make. Here’s the recipe (photo © Delicious Meets Healthy). [4] You can flavor popcorn with herbs […]

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[1] Purple grapes (photo © Tijana Drndarski | Unsplash). [2] Buy whatever grapes appeal to you—as long as they’re seedless (photo © Good Eggs). [3] Cotton candy grapes, named for their extra-sweet flavor profile (photo © Melissa’s Produce). [4] Wash the grapes and let them dry thoroughly (photo © Whole Foods Market).   A trick […]

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It’s winter, where produce options are limited. But there’s still much to discover. Take the chicory family. Can you name three chicories? (Check the photos at right.) They are cool weather crops that come into season in late fall, and last through early spring. Much more popular in Europe than in the U.S.*, the chicory […]

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[1] Enjoy a cup of matcha effortlessly, with Cuzen Matcha (photos #1 to #5 © Cuzen Matcha). [2] You can turn the whisked matcha into a hot or iced latte. [3] The ground matcha leaves drop into a cup of hot water, where they are whisked into a froth with a magnetic whisk. [4] Dried […]

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When you sang “Auld Lang Syne” on New Year’s Eve, did you recall that it was first a poem by Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland (1759-1796)? His birthday, January 25th, is celebrated in Scotland as Burns Night. Family and friends gather for an evening of good food and company. It’s a warm and […]

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[1] The original Oysters Rockefeller from Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans (photo © Antoine’s). [2] Chefs who adapted the secret recipe often use spinach and diced bacon. Here’s the preparation at Monahan’s Seafood Market in Ann Arbor, Michigan (photo © Monahan’s Seafood Market). [3] Some “builds” include Mornay sauce, a classic French cheese sauce made […]

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[1] A seacuterie plate from Oceana restaurant, with octopus salami, gravlax with dressed microgreens, and crab spread on toasted baguette (photo © Paul Johnson | Oceana Restaurant). [2] A put-it-together seacuterie board: You can purchase most of what’s here. Here are the recipes fi=or the rest (photo © Wild Alaska Food). [3] An ample lunch, […]

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Love candy? Here’s your chance to make candy history—at least, See’s Candies history. See’s Candies is officially 100-years-old! The iconic American manufacturer of chocolates and other candies was founded by Charles See, his wife Florence, and his mother Mary in Los Angeles in 1921. Mary See had developed the recipes that became the foundation of […]

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