October 10th is National Banh Mi Day, celebrating the French-influenced bánh mì sandwich of Vietnam, served on a baguette. Here’s the story of banh mi and a recipe for a classic sandwich. We’ve also featured a banh mi burger recipe. So today, we’re giving the hot dog equal time, with this Bánh Mì Dog recipe […]

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One of the rewards of walking up and down long aisles at food trade shows, is that you sometimes come across something totally unexpected. That was Paktli Snacks, made from puffed ancient grains that are gluten-free. Our review is below, but first, some background. The Aztec culture revered amaranth, a grain that thrives in hot […]

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[1] Tea excitement: 24 different varieties (both photos © Adagio Teas). [2] Inside the book-style gift box are windows holding the different teas, one for each day from December 1st through December 24th.   We typically don’t begin to write about holiday gifts until November 1st, just after Halloween. But this tea advent calendar from […]

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Ready for some food fun? How about purple potato pizza? We have two recipes, one a grandma pizza with bacon and pesto, the second a Sicilian-style pizza with prosciutto. September is National Potato Month, August 19th is National Potato Day, and February 22nd is National Cook A Sweet Potato Day. There are 11 pizza holidays! […]

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[1] A NEFT martini with just a splash of vermouth (all photos © NEFT Vodka). [2] For Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or other festive event, a bird’s eye chile brightens the glass of NEFT, neat. Because the chile isn’t cut, its flavor and heat don’t infuse into the vodka. [3] NEFT is made from an ancient […]

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[1] Pork ragù over polenta (photos #1, #2, #4, and #5 © DeLallo). [2] Ingredients for the recipe. Pork Shoulder[/caption] [3] Pork shoulder, also known as Boston butt (photo courtesy Food Nutrition Table). [4] Instant polenta is ready in 5 minutes‡‡. You can buy it online from DeLallo. [5] These San Marzano tomatoes sold by […]

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