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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[1] Pernod created what is now called Pernod Classic in 1915, when a component its absinthe liqueur, wormwood, was declared illegal. See the history of absinthe (photo courtesy Liquor.com). [2] Pernod is a delicious addition to seafood dishes like this bouillabaisse, as well as cream sauces with seafood (photo courtesy Pernod Ricard). [3] Use Pernod […]

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Look in the produce section for sugar snap peas, a spring treat. Sugar snap peas, sometimes just called sugar peas or snap peas, are edible-podded peas, meaning that you eat the whole pod. They can be distinguished from another popular edible pod, snow peas, in that their pods are rounded and firm as opposed to […]

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[1] Classic Spaghetti Carbonara (photo courtesy Barilla). [2] A very modern, deconstructed Carbonara, using wide pasta ribbons and a poached egg (here’s the recipe from Food Republic). [3] Make Pizza Carbonara. Here’s the recipe from Grace Parisi.   April 6th is International Carbonara Day, celebrating Italy’s Spaghetti Carbonara, one of the more famous pasta dishes. […]

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When we published a recent recipe for Pavlova, we were surprised that we didn’t have a recipe for Strawberries Romanoff. We have often used to fill or top the Pavlova. Today, we remedy that!     STRAWBERRIES ROMANOFF HISTORY The original recipe for Strawberries Romanoff was created around the turn of the 20th century by […]

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Frittatas and stratas are dishes that work for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They’re egg-based dishes similar to an omelette or a crustless quiche, incorporating meat or seafood, cheese, and/or vegetables. The word frittata means “fried” in Italian, and frittatas are typically made in a skillet. But when we drilled down into this recipe, which was […]

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Our colleague Hannah Kaminski of Bittersweet Blog is a vegan author and recipe developer, so we were surprised when she sent an email with salmon sushi. Except it’s not, as she calls it, fish-free salmon sushi: It’s cantaloupe! Yes, there are “real” vegan sushi substitutes. We recently reported on Ocean Hugger Foods, which has created […]

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[1] Clams on the half shell with mignonette sauce, at Casino Clam Bar in New York City. [2] Clams on the half shell with cocktail sauce and a side of crudites, at The Clam in New York City. [3] Littleneck clams (photo courtesy Good Eggs).   National Clams on the Half Shell Day is March […]

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