January 30th is National Croissant Day. What is a croissant? Here’s the scoop. > Theck out the croissant recipes below.     WHAT IS A CROISSANT? Meaning “crescent” and pronounced kwah-SAWN in French, this rich, buttery, crescent-shaped roll is made of puff pastry that layers yeast dough with butter—a technique known as laminating. Traditionally a […]

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[1] Vegetarian taquitos filled with black beans, brown rice, collards, corn, and pumpkin purée (photos #1 and #2 © Success Rice | Family Features). [2] Rice is ready in just 10 minutes. [3] Black beans add protein to this vegetarian recipe (photo © Bush’s Beans). [4] Pumpkin purée creates a nutritious sauce for the following […]

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[1] Gnocchi gratin with leeks and chanterelle mushrooms. The recipe is below (photos #1 and #6 © Colavita Recipes). [2] Pumpkin soup with bacon-sage gnocchi. Here’s the recipe (photos #2, #3, #4, and #5 © DeLallo). [3] Gnocchi antipasto salad. Here’s the recipe. [4] Gnocchi with cabbage and kielbasa. Here’s the recipe. [5] Gnocchi mac […]

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National Meat Week is an industry promotion that begins on the last Sunday in January. Running for eight days, the event invites restaurants to show their skills with the best cuts of meat. This year, Meat Week begins on January 29th and runs through February 5th. Chefs are challenged to offer their best and latest […]

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[1] German chocolate cake. The recipe link is at right (photo © Betty Crocker). [2] Chocolate layer cake with peanut butter filling and frosting. The recipe link is at right (photo © King Arthur Baking). [3] Chocolate icebox cake. The recipe link is at right (photo © Kings Cupboard). [4] Black Forest cake. The recipe […]

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Here’s a gift for the home mixologist who wants to produce stunning designer ice cubes: The Ice Designer. It’s an innovative brass plate that helps you create ice cubes in five different designs. Custom designs are also available. And National Ice Cube Day is June 21st. You make the pattern by pressing the ice cube […]

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[1] Four tiers of truffles, caramels, and buttercreams in a keepsake box (all photos © Dean’s Sweets). [2] Conversation hearts in fine chocolate. [3] Homemade marshmallow hearts. [4] One of the seasonal flavors of truffles: maple.   There are more than a few reasons to visit Portland, Maine: the Old Port waterfront, the Western Promenade […]

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January 25th is National Irish Coffee Day, and the entire week has been designated National Irish Coffee Week. So get the Irish whiskey from the cupboard, brew the coffee, and whip the cream. It’s so easy to make that you can invite the gang over after work today for a mug or two. You can […]

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January is National Oatmeal Month, a whole-grain cooked breakfast cereal that’s an excellent source of niacin, riboflavin, and iron, and helps to bolster energy levels. Athletes and diabetics eat oatmeal for its high content of complex carbohydrates and fiber, which abet slow digestion and stable blood glucose levels. Oats are the grain, and oatmeal is […]

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