Here’s a fusion food: thousand year old eggs*, a traditional Chinese recipe, crossed with western tradition: Easter Eggs. A sophisticated adult crowd will enjoy these sophisticated Easter eggs. You can: Let guests peel their own and serve with a dipping sauce. Leave some whole and devil some of them.   Either way, it’s a charming […]

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We were thrilled to receive sample bags of Maddy & Maize, small batch gourmet popcorn handmade in St. Paul, Minnesota. More accurately, we were thrilled when we tasted them. Could they be the best flavored popcorns anywhere? The line is all-natural, which means no artificial flavors and color, no HFCS, non GMO, peanut-free. And most […]

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Celebrate spring with a beautiful bowl of crudités, artistically arrayed. Stroll down the produce aisle of your best market and select the most appealing veggies, looking for different colors and textures. Arrange them on a beautiful plate or in a shallow bowl, with a bowl of green hummus in the center (photo #1). SPRING VEGETABLES […]

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[1] Celebrate spring with your pie crust (photo courtesy The Topless Baker). [2] This flower and leaf set has cookie cutters in multiple sizes. Get it on Amazon.   What’s a spring pie? It’s any pie that celebrates spring, which begins today. To make a pie special for spring, use flower and leaf cutouts on […]

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[1] A spiralized garnish adds texture, color and crispness to grilled sea bass, created by Chef Rainer Becker at Zuma | NYC. [2] Spiralized Beet & Carrot Salad. Here’s the recipe from Fashionable Foods. [3] Spiralize a bun for burgers and sandwiches. Here’s the recipe from CakeSpy.   If you only use your spiralizer to […]

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Many people use candy melts, a.k.a. candy coating, to make their confections. While they’re easy to use and come in many colors, frankly, candy melts don’t taste anywhere near as good as real chocolate.   WHAT ARE CANDY MELTS? Candy melts are made to emulate white chocolate, which is then tinted. But they replace the […]

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An Egg Cream with a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream (photo by Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog). An Egg Cream with a shot of Bailey’s (photo by Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog).   For St. Patrick’s Day, many celebrants seek to “drink green,” in the form of green-colored cocktails or green-colored beer. Most green beer: […]

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[1] Sautéed broccolini with lemon and garlic (photo courtesy eMeals). [2] Uncooked broccolini (photo courtesy Bodecology). [3] For presentation, set the protein atop the cooked broccolini. Here, roast branzino with caper vinaigrette from Chef David Burke.   Not into green beer and green bagels? A healthy green food for a St. Patrick’s Day meal is […]

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Today, 3/14*, has been named Pi Day: 3.14. As you learned in high school geometry, the Greek symbol is used in mathematics to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, a constant which begins with 3.14159.     THE HISTORY OF PI DAY Pi Day was founded by physicist Larry […]

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