[1] Cucumber hummus stacks. For variety, there are many other fillers (photo courtesy Willow Tree Farm). [2] Fancy or casual roulades: julienned cucumbers rolled in prosciutto. You can soak the cucumbers in gin! (Here’s the recipe from Parma Crown.) [3] Cucumbers, yogurt, garlic and dill are the ingredients of Greek tzatziki, but can also be […]

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This year, American Craft Beer Week is celebrated from May 14th through 20th. It’s about celebrating the artisan ingredients, and techniques, that make a craft beer so much more tasty and special than a mass brew. There are more than 6,000 breweries in the U.S., and 99% of them are defined by the Brewers Association […]

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April 23rd is National Cherry Cheesecake Day. For most of us in the U.S., cheesecake means a cream cheese batter with a crust of graham cracker crumbs. Most of us know cherry cheesecake as the plain cheesecake topped with [usually] canned cherry pie filling (photo #2). But often the canned filling is glop, and there […]

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National Ranch Dressing Day is March 10th. In the category of bottled dressing, Ranch surpassed the previous favorite, Italian dressing, as America’s favorite—way back in 1992. Here’s something most people don’t know: Ranch is buttermilk dressing, a popular dressing that originated in the southern U.S. in the 1800s or earlier. By the 1980s, buttermilk had […]

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For those who don’t know falafel: It’s a vegan, protein-rich, fiber-rich, gluten*- and other allergen-free ball—sometimes a patty—of goodness, fried† to cruncy crispiness (photo #1), that has captivated food lovers the world over. It’s so meaty and chewy that newbies often don’t realize it’s meatless. The ingredients include mashed chickpeas, fava beans or a combination. […]

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[1] Carbonara pizza uses two ingredient of Spaghetti Carbonara: bacon and eggs. Here’s the recipe from Today.com. [2] Pissaladière, a specialty of Nice, France, made with niçoise olives, anchovies, onions and Provençal herbs. According to a former mayor of Nice, the layer of onions on a pissaladière should be half as thick as the crust. […]

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We’re still in the first blush of the new year, and have actually exercised every day and eaten more healthfully (except for an errant black-and-white cookie). We’ve been going down the list below, sent to us by Sara Siskind, a Certified Nutritional Health Counselor and founder of Hands On Healthy cooking classes for adults, families […]

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[1] Go green with reusable shopping bags (photo courtesy Pier 1 Imports). [2] Give rechargeable batteries with gifts that require batteries (photo courtesy Energizer). [3] Some people would rather you give a donation in their name (image courtesy Feeding America). [4] Use newspaper wrap to plain or fancy effect (photo courtesy Steemit). [5] Buy a […]

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