[1] A classic apple dumpling, decorated with pastry scraps to look like an apple. Here’s the recipe from Martha Stewart. [2] Add some ice cream, pan sauce or caramel sauce, and maybe some toasted pecans. Here’s the recipe from Jo Cooks). [3] Apple dumplings as rugelach. Rugelach was rolled with a filling, but not apple. […]

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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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[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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How about a new lemonade recipe for National lemonade Day, August 20th? The lemon tree first grew wild in the Assam region of India, and was ultimately brought to the Middle East. While archaeological evidence shows that people drank lemon drinks centuries earlier, the first known written reference to the lemon tree dates from a […]

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[1] Strawberry and beet “tartare.” On top of the ice cream is a cloud of cotton candy (photo courtesy Ananda Restaurant). Carrot tartare. Make it with this recipe from Aliya Leekong in Food Republic. Beef tartare (photo courtesy Gordon Ramsay Group).   Language evolves, of course. The meaning of words change over time, or grow […]

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[1] Thai rice pudding is made with black rice and coconut milk. Here’s the recipe from Briana’s Kitchen Creations. [2] Black rice (photo courtesy InHarvest). [3] Cooked black rice takes on a purple hue (photo Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE). [4] Rice Pudding B with rum and passionfruit (photo courtesy Epicurious).   August 9th is […]

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[1] Make and decorate cheesecake pops (photo courtesy Pure Cheesecakes). [2] First, bake a cheesecake. [3] Next, scoop balls of cheesecake. [4] Add sticks, and get ready to decorate (photos 2-4 courtesy Safe Eggs | Chantel Arsenault).   You can bake or buy a cheesecake for National Cheesecake Day, July 30th. Or you can turn […]

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For National Fortune Cookie Day, July 20th, the perfect drink. Make it with vodka or rum: The choice is yours. Ganbei!   RECIPE: FORTUNE COOKIE COCKTAIL Ingredients Per Drink 2 tablespoons/1 ounce vanilla vodka (substitute plain vodka), rum or spiced rum 2 tablespoons/1 ounce amaretto liqueur 2 tablespoons/1 ounce Irish cream liqueur 1/2 cup ice […]

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