[1] Luscious, aren’t they! But what do you do during the long span of months when vine-ripened tomatoes are out of season (photo © Baldor Specialty Food). [2] Cherry tomatoes: Not the same thing, but a fair substitute (photo © Casa Barilla). [3] Sundried tomatoes should look like this: bright red and moist. If you […]

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March 21st is National Tiramisu Day. Tiramisu is such a popular restaurant dessert, yet few people make it at home. It’s less work than an apple pie! In addition to classic tiramisu, we have a variation for people who don’t like coffee: a lemon tiramisu, below. Check out the history of tiramisu.     RECIPE […]

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People who know the religious significance of challah may raise an eyebrow at our headline. (There’s more about challah below). The sandwich may be tongue-in-cheek [photo #1], but it’s delicious. Here’s our adaptation of the recipe. Beer is a great beverage pairing. Prosciutto is the cured hind leg of the pig, as is American ham. […]

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[1] Green Goddess Spring Pizza, which can be enjoyed year-round, of course (photo © Broma Bakery | DeLallo). [2] Pea shoots (photo © Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog). [3] Spring peas, also called English peas and garden peas (photo © John Woodhouse | Woodhouse Chocolate). [4] A white pizza topped with peas, pea shoots and […]

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We recently dined at a wonderfully creative new restaurant in New York City, Frevo. A cheese course is typically served before dessert, or instead of it. Quite a few connoisseurs prefer to end dinner with cheese instead of something sweet. Our cheese course consisted of Comte cheese, shaved into pappardelle-size ribbons (fettuccine size works, too), […]

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[1] Bake your own Irish soda bread with this recipe. Photo © The Baker Chick. [2] Turn a loaf of Irish soda bread into French toast or bread pudding. This recipe from McCormick has both raisins and caraway seeds. (photo © McCormick). [3] Irish soda French toast, for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dessert. The recipe […]

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If you have clear juice glasses or anything similar—and some extra time on your hands—you can make these clever egg crêpe omelets. This recipe takes a bit more preparation than a conventional vegetable omelet, but it’s fun to serve. How do you eat it? With a fork or spoon, from the glass.     RECIPE: […]

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[1] Mirepoix, the basis of much French cooking. In addition to carrots, celery and onions, other aromatics, including garlic, herbs and spices, can be added (photo © Good Eggs). [2] In addition to carrots, celery and onions, other aromatics, including garlic, herbs and spices, can be added (photo © Good Eggs). [3] Stocks and broths […]

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One dish that has almost dropped from sight is marinated cucumber salad. While June 13th is National Cucumber Day, pale-green cucumbers have a place on St. Patrick’s Day: as a side with a sandwich or with a main of seafood, poultry and meat—even corned beef and cabbage or a Guinness beef stew or lamb stew. […]

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