[1] You can get very creative with the fillings (all photos © Banana Loca | NA Market Direct). [2] Here’s the gadget. It’s easy to use. [3] A banana filled with chocolate spread. [4] This banana is stuffed with raspberry preserves.   Banana Loca is an innovative kitchen gadget that lets you fill bananas with […]

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July 25th is National Culinarians Day, celebrating the culinarians for whom we are grateful. What’s a culinarian? Culinarians are culinary experts: masters of the art and science of cooking and serving food. They can be restaurant and commercial kitchen chefs, pastry chefs and bakers, caterers: anyone who is involved in the preparation of and serving […]

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What’s your favorite tequila drink? Enjoy it, or try a new tequila recipe, for National Tequila Day, July 24th (also known as International Tequila Day and World Tequila Day—everybody wants in!). The indigenous populations didn’t know the art of distilling. It was brought to the New World by Spanish conquistadors, who arrived in 1519. > […]

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[1] Mango-Tomatillo Guacamole. The recipe is below photo © Chef Ingrid Hoffmann | Facebook). [2] Champagne mangoes (their proper name is Ataulfo) are in season from late February to early August. They’re a smaller variety but with a creamier texture—the larger varieties tend to be fibrous (photo © I Love Mangoes). [3] Tomatillos look like […]

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In previous years we’ve celebrated National Hot Dog Day, the third Wednesday in July, with articles about regional hot dog toppings, like: Favorite toppings by City, Part 1 (an Atlanta Dog has Vidalia onion and peach Relish—photo #4). More specialty toppings (how about a poutine dog?). Specialty topping duos such as bruschetta and fresh basil […]

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