[1] Head to the farmers market to pick up wild ramps. Or, if you live in the eastern U.S. near mountains, pick your own. They grow in rich, moist, deciduous forests, from North Carolina and Tennessee as far north as Canada; and west to Missouri and Minnesota (photo courtesy Rick’s Picks). [2] Wild ramps at […]

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At this time of year, we receive nonstop recipes for tequila cocktails in anticipation of Cinco de Mayo. Personally we love Margaritas—plain and flavored with fruit purée. We prefer to focus on other celebratory ideas—like a Taco Party. The renowned master of Mexican cuisine, Chef Rick Bayless tells us that the name for a taco […]

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[1] Chocolate Chip Chunk Cookie (all photos courtesy Gooey On The Inside). [2] A new classic cookie: Birthday Cake. [3] Red Velvet and cream cheese. [4] A terrific party favor or stocking stuffer: Molten Cookie In A Jar.   Have you ever had “the best cookie ever?” It’s not hyperbole; in any individual flavor there […]

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We love the Brazilian churrascaria Fogo de Châo (locations nationwide), not just because of the delicious meats hand-carved at your table, but for the seemingly endless Market Table. Laden with everything healthy—fruits, vegetables, salads, charcuterie and more—you could make a meal of the Market Table alone (and in fact, vegetarians are happy to do so). […]

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[1] Our new Keurig Elite (photo courtesy Keurig). [2] Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man Coffee (photo courtesy Green Mountain). [3] Green Mountain’s Kenya Highlands single origin coffee (photo courtesy Green Mountain). [4] and [5] Javamelts flavored sugar tablets, individually wrapped for easy portability, in 24-packs or this gift box (photos courtesy Javamelts).   It’s “coffee week” […]

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With coloring more like a Gala apple than a bell pepper, the Enjoya pepper has a rosy red striping over a canary yellow background. They are a new bell pepper cultivar. In 2013, Wilfred van den Berg, a Dutch grower, found this beautiful mutant variety pepper on a plant in his greenhouse. He partnered with […]

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[1] Citrus peels can garnish both sweet and savory citrus drinks (both photos courtesy The Skylark | NYC). [2] Tricolor olive Martini garnish.   We were peeling blood oranges yesterday when we remembered this cocktail garnish (photo #1) from The Skylark, a cocktail lounge in Midtown Manhattan with panoramic views of the city. Save the […]

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Tartine is the French word for an open-faced sandwich with a rich spread or fancy topping. The word actually refers to a slice of bread. Tartine is the French diminutive of the Old French and Middle English tarte, derived from the Late Latin torta, a type of bread*. We have a childhood recollection of a […]

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While our friend Jerry makes hummus the old-school way—with a mortar and a pestle—other lovers of homemade hummus have discovered the super-easy blender/food processor hummus technique. Store-bought containers are way too small and pricey: It’s a bargain to make your own, and easy (here’s a recipe). When you make your own, you can avoid preservatives […]

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[1] A Caprese grilled cheese sandwich made with mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil. Here’s the recipe from Cooking Classy. [2] Dessert grilled cheese: queso blanco and fresh raspberries (photo courtesy Litehouse Foods).   April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Day. We’re passing along these tips for a better grilled cheese sandwich from the culinary team […]

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