Our word “dessert” emerged in mid-16th-century French, a combination of the past participle of desservir “to clear the table,” and servir, “to serve.” The name reflects that dessert was served after the table had been cleared of other dishes. A variety of desserts set on the table of the same time became known as service […]

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[1] Pineapple pound cake recipe (photos #1 and #2 plus recipe courtesy Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog). [2] If you don’t use a glaze, serve it à la mode. [3] (photo courtesy Produce Marketing Guide).   Since the pineapple first reached Europe in the 15th century, it has been considered a symbol of hospitality. Pineapple […]

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[1] Artisan lollipops from Quevanna. [2] European lollipop art (photo courtesy Williams-Sonoma). [3] Taking lollipops to the next level: art. From MolassesCandy.Blogspot.   July 20th is National Lollipop Day. According to the National Confectioners Association, eating sugar from a stick likely dates to prehistoric man, who licked honey off the stick he used to scrape […]

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Watermelon and feta stacks. The recipe is below (photo courtesy Mozzarella Company). [2] Instead of the dressing in the recipe below, you can drizzle balsamic glaze across the plate, as shown (photo courtesy Watermelon.org). [3] This Watermelon “Caprese” uses the conventional Caprese cheese, mozzarella, and substitutes watermelon for the not-yet-in-season tomatoes. It adds pizzazz with […]

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June is National Candy Month. How much does mankind like candy and its chief ingredient, sugar or honey? Well: Our species evolved with a built-in sweet tooth. The history of candy dates back to cavemen. They ate honey and honeycomb; but took the next step to make candy from it, by drying it into a […]

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