Calling all olive lovers: June 1st is National Olive Day.   OLIVE HISTORY The olive history is an ancient one, following figs as the earliest domesticated fruit tree. Olives trees were native to Asia Minor. The latest findings show that the olive was first domesticated in the eastern Mediterranean basin between 8,000 and 6,000 years […]

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While we have been hunkered down at home for the quarantine, we have been treating ourselves to great foods from artisans nationwide. One of them is Jasper Hill Farm, in Greensboro, Vermont (in the “Northeast KingdomNortheast Kingdom”). Jasper Hill sold its first wheels of Bayley Hazen Blue, their flagship cheese (photo #3), in 2003. Since […]

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May 29th is National Coq Au Vin Day (pronounced cuhk-oh-VAN). The name of this French country dish means “rooster with wine [sauce].” The wine varies by local specialty and can be red or white: Burgundy in Burgundy, Riesling in Alsace, and so forth. This classic dish is a bistro favorite, and one of the first […]

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Dukkah is a versatile Egyptian dry seasoning mixture of chopped nuts or chickpeas, plus a variety of flavorful seeds, spices and herbs. In the old days, the ingredients were ground together in a pestle; today, they can be tossed into a food processor. Dukkah is an extremely popular snack in the culinary melting pots of […]

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[1] Warm potato salad with olive oil instead of mayo (photo © Idaho Potato Commission). [2] Hormel Real Bacon Crumbles (photo © Hormel). [3] Mixed baby/creamer potatoes (photo © Poplar Bluff Organics). [4] Parm Crisps are available in Original, Cheddar and Sour Cream (photo © Parm Crisps).   This recipe, Roasted Potatoes with Bacon and […]

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[1] Baked onions (photo and recipe @ Jaci Goodman | Peri & Sons Onions>). [2] Yellow onions (photo © Good Eggs). [3] Red onions showing the concentric circles of eternity, per ancient Egyptians (photo © Burpee).   We’d never thought about baking a dish of onions-only, until we came across this easy-to-make onion recipe from […]

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