Flavor & The Menu, a magazine and website for chefs that reports on food trends, has recommended a new one: breakfast pizza. You may have encountered breakfast pizza, but it’s far from ubiquitous. “The explosive growth of fast casual [dining] has helped elevate pizza to new heights and has kept this exciting category on fire,” […]

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[1] Covered in top-quality chocolate, a couple of these mini pretzels are a guilt-free treat. [2] You can set them out for guests, but we kept the bag to ourselves (both photos courtesy Edward Marc Chocolatier).   You can find chocolate-covered pretzels in stores nationwide. So why are these from Edward Marc Chocolatier so special? […]

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April 4th is National Ramen Day. It’s also National Burrito Day, National Carrot Day and National Cordon Bleu Day. In case you’ve never had a ramen burger, it’s a hamburger where fried ramen, formed into a bun shape, replaces the bread bun.     RAMEN BURGER HISTORY The American version of the ramen burger (photo […]

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[1] Delicious: a baked potato filled with a tomato-basil balsamic relish (photo courtesy Idaho Potato Commission). [2] Russet Burbank variety of russet potatoes (photo courtesy Idaho Potato Commission). [3] An artichoke-stuffed baked potato. Here’s the recipe from Bonefish Grill.   This recipe, from the Idaho Potato Commission, was titled “Spring Baked Potato.” But given that […]

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[1] You can use brown bags to serve popcorn, but not to pop it (photo courtesy The Popcorn Board). [2] Having unpopped kernels at the end of popping is normal (photo courtesy Belle Chevre | Facebook). [3] Ditch the brown bag and get an inexpensive microwave popcorn popper or similar vented bowl (photo courtesy Housewares […]

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Like egg rolls but feel guilty about eating the fried wrapper? Here’s a healthy improvement from Pampered Chef: the insides of an eggroll, cooked in a skillet. You can serve it atop rice as a main course, or without rice as a side. If you need some crunch, add a few chow mein noodles or […]

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[1] Use unsaturated fats without guilt. The USDA endorses two tablespoons of olive oil per day (photo courtesy California Olive Ranch). [2] The chemical difference. The double bond is shown in red (image courtesy California Olive Ranch). [3] An easy way to enjoy olive oil: a bread dipper. You can add balsamic vinegar, spices or […]

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We have our favorite cheddar cheeses: artisan wonders like Beehive Cheddar from Utah, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar from Vermont, and Fiscalini Farmstead Cheddar from California. Our favorite “supermarket cheddar”—the 7- or 8-ounce prepacked bars found in supermarket refrigerator cases—is Cabot Cheddar, available in some 30 varieties including flavors we love, like Hot Jalapeño, Habanero, Horseradish and […]

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[1] Multiple garnishes turn a piece of grilled fish into something special (photo courtesy Boutros Restaurant | Brooklyn). [2] It can be as simple as this: an appetizer of merguez sausage and shishito peppers (shown), or steamed asparagus, or scallops, etc., accented with a zigzag of one condiment and dots of another (photo courtesy Pain […]

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