July 27th is National Crème Brûlée Day, celebrating a French dessert that has remained on menus across the U.S. long after Coupe aux Marrons, Île Flottante, Mont Blanc, and other classic French desserts have disappeared from menus in the U.S. Crème brûlée first came to America with Thomas Jefferson’s return from France in 1789 [source]. […]

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[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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[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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[1] Zilla Dog, an international fusion dish that combines kimchi, chicharrones, and an Indonesian-based sauce (photos #1 and #2 © 4505 Meats). [2] 44505 Meats chicharrones come in a variety of flavors—all delicious. [3] Sambal olek, an Indonesian chili paste or sauce (photo © McCormick). [4] You can purchase kimchi, a traditional Korean side dish […]

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We recently discovered a new breakfast treat: Crepini Cheddar Omelets. Six-inch-long whole-egg omelets are filled with real Cheddar cheese, which melts nicely after 15 seconds in the microwave. Crepini Cheddar Omelets are three times thicker than a standard crêpe. You can eat them cold from the fridge, too, which may sound strange, but they taste […]

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[1] Crostini with whipped ricotta and a sweet topping of honey, or savory marinated cherry tomatoes (photo © Belfiore Cheese Company). [2] Fresh ricotta before it’s whipped (photo © DeLaurenti Food & Wine). [3] When ricotta is whipped, it looks like this. Here, it’s garnished with maple syrup and Calabrian chiles and served with grilled […]

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