[1] Murasaki sweet potatoes from Japan, a variety now grown in California (you can buy seeds from Burpee). [2] Murasaki oven fries with wasabi aïoli. Here’s the recipe from Bonjon Gourmet.   “As sweet as sugar.” That’s what we thought when we first tasted murasaki sweet potatoes. The next day we ran out to buy […]

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September 5th is National Cheese Pizza Day. Pizza is one of America’s favorite foods, tied at the top with hamburgers. In the U.S., there are more than 70,000 pizzerias. A standard visit to a pizzeria will get you a layer of mozzarella on top of the crust, plus toppings of choice. But what if your […]

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[1] Try Illy’s K-cup line of Medium and Dark Roast blends, and the new single origin Colombia and Brasile (photo courtesy Illy). [2] Six varieties of Nespresso-compatible capsules from Rosso Caffe (photo courtesy Rosso Caffe).   Boxes of K-cups for single-serve coffee makers are not inexpensive. You may be buying the same variety over and […]

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Today is the last day of August, the last day of National Peach Month, and the last day—or rather, weekend—we’ll have to make peach ice cream. We’ve been meaning to it make all summer. Growing up, peach was our favorite ice cream flavor. Available seasonally at Howard Johnson’s, we indulged as often as we could […]

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[1] A field of winter wheat, right before harvesting to make Triscuits (photo courtesy Ben Hon). [2] Wheatberries after processing (photo courtesy Ben Hon). [3] Wheatberries become Triscuits, currently in 20 flavors/varieties (photo courtesy Triscuit). [4] Two of the three new organic Triscuit flavors: Original, Thin Crisps With Sea salt and Cracked Pepper & Olive […]

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[1] Grilled zucchini, given a Moroccan touch with cumin (photos #1, #2, #3, #5 courtesy Good Eggs). [2] Refreshing cucumber-melon salad, accented with serrano chiles and mint. [3] Both dishes on the picnic table. [4] Painted Serpent cucumbers are an heirloom Asian cucumber. You can buy the seeds from Born To Grow. [5] For dessert: […]

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Our favorite discover of the summer is Golden Cannoli Chips, The Original Cannoli Chip. The sweet chips provide the cannoli experience without our having to go out for cannoli, a dessert we simply can’t resist. At home, we dip them into some sweetened ricotta cheese, to enjoy “deconstructed” cannoli (the full recipe follows). Golden Cannoli […]

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[1] Mozzarella bites, using the smallest size mozzarella balls, perline (photo courtesy BelGioioso). Perline, or pearl balls (photo courtesy Lioni Lattanici).   Take a bite: These mozzarella bites are low in calories and high in flavor and crunch. Balls of mozzarella are traditionally available in eight sizes (see the chart below). Perlini are the smallest. […]

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Nick of Dude Foods is nothing if not creative. These Waffle Fry Sliders are an example. “The only real problem I came across when making my Waffle Fry Sliders was finding decently sized waffle fries,” says Nick. “I bought a bag of frozen fries from the grocery store and upon opening it I noticed that […]

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[1] Caprese Casserole (photo courtesy QVC). [2] Another Caprese main course option: Balsamic Chicken Caprese. Here’s the recipe from Cafe Delites. [3] Classic Caprese with red and yellow heirloom tomatoes (photo courtesy Balducci’s). [4] Artistic Caprese arrangement (photo courtesy Great Performances | Facebook).   Caprese Salad—tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, with an olive oil dressing—has become […]

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