[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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[1] Beef and bean chili with shredded cheddar and scallions (photo courtesy Pre Brands). [2] Bean chili with fout garnishes (photo courtesy Hope Hummus).   You may have your brackets set, but how about your chili toppings? Hormel created these tongue-in-cheek brackets of toppings to serve with their chili. So while watching the games, how […]

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Many kids in the U.S. get excited over a banana split, a.k.a. banana boat. Some grown-up kids still do, as evidenced by variations of the dessert on menus of restaurants catering to adults. With a banana split, the fruit comes straight from the peel. It may not be perfectly ripe, thus contributing a slightly hard […]

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[1] Drink green for spring and St. Patrick’s Day (photo courtesy Pampered Chef). [2] Learn more about kiwifruit from Live Eat Learn. [3] Namesake for the fruit: the kiwi bird (photo courtesy Ecobirdy; here’s more about the bird).   This cocktail from Pampered Chef says “spring” to us, but it can also say “St. Patrick’s […]

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