[1] Need an “Easter cheese?” Put bunny ears or a tail on a wheel of it (photo © Jasper Hill Farm). [2] How about surrounding the cheese board with small foil-wrapped Easter eggs? Chocolate and cheese are a good pairing (photo © Murray’s Cheese).   Turn a great cheese into the Easter Bunny (photo #1). […]

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[1] Serve this gnocchi appetizer in small portions, or make it into a lunch-size salad atop greens (photo © DeLallo Foods). [2] Cook and drain the gnocchi (photo © iGourmet). [3] Roasted red pepper strips, a.k.a. pimento or pimiento (photo © Monjardin)./span> [4] Artichoke hearts (photo © La Tienda). [5] Genoa salami—salame in Italian (photo […]

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[1] Eight great sauces for your kitchen (photo © Good Eggs). [2] This Buffalo sauce is an enhancement over the original Buffalo wing sauce, created by Good Eggs (photo © Good Eggs). [3] Cacciatore sauce was originally made with garden ingredients to cook with the hunter’s rabbit. These days, it’s more likely to be a […]

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March is National Sauce Month. The sauce most used in American homes is tomato sauce—for pasta, pizza, eggs, meatloaf, soup base, dipping and so much more. However, tomato sauce/pasta sauce is one of the biggest sources of hidden added sugar in prepared foods. Look at the labels of the foods you buy: both the grams […]

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[1] A hot feta dip, with a bit of honey and thyme (photos #1, #2 and #3 © Murray’s Cheese). [2] You can serve it with as many accompaniments as you like. [3] Greek feta cheese. See the footnote* for an eye-opener about feta. [4] Dried herbs are convenient, but there’s nothing like the flavor […]

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[1] Spring asparagus with lemon aïoli (photo and recipe © Good Eggs). [2] Meyer lemons are sweeter (less acidic) than supermarket lemons (photo © Elise Bakketun). [3] Aioli is also delicious with artichokes and boiled or roasted potatoes (photo © Fine Cooking).   As mentioned a couple of days ago, it’s asparagus season—time to eat […]

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[1] This is comfort food at its best (all photos © World Famous House Of Mac). [2] A double favorite: Pizza Mac & Cheese has turkey pepperoni and chicken sausage. [3] Your mac and cheese comes in individual pizza-type boxes. Just stick a bow on top to give them as gifts. [4] Five-cheese truffle is […]

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Asparagus is a harbinger of spring; and like most vegetables, it’s very versatile. Serve it broiled, grilled, roasted or steamed. Add it to Eggs Benedict, omelets and scrambles, pasta, salads and quiches. Make asparagus soups. Include it with a crudités plate. Use it as a topping for risotto. Top bruschetta with goat cheese and asparagus. […]

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[1] La Pivón red vermouth and the Valencia Reverse Old Fashioned. Here’s the recipe (all photos © La Pivón). [2] La Pivón red vermouth on the rocks. You can drink it in a rocks glass, but doesn’t it look great in a stemmed glass? [3] After work, have a glass with some nibbles. Here, cheese […]

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