[1] Glass gem corn (photos #1 and #2 © Jan and Peggy | Creative Commons). [2] Close-up on the husks. [3] Close-up on the jewel-like kernels (photos #1 and #2 © Gnotalex | Creative Commons).   The harvesting and drying of certain corn varieties is a harbinger of the fall season: When you start seeing […]

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[1] Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo (photo © Pinch Of Yum | DeLallo). [2] When a recipe calls for pumpkin purée, use canned pumpkin—not pumpkin pie filling, which contains spices (photo © Libby). [3] DeLallo fettuccine. You can buy Delallo products online (photo © Delallo). [4] Spicy Pumpkin Pappardelle (photo © DeLallo).   October 25th is World […]

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[1] Michelle’s Maccs in Orange Zest (both photos © Michelle’s Maccs). [2] Michelle’s Maccs in Espresso.   If your idea of a heavenly bite is a coconut macaroon, we’ve discovered the best: Michelle’s Maccs, tender coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate—dark, milk or white, depending on the coconut flavor. And the flavors: ooh la la, magnifique! […]

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[1] Autumn mac and cheese, with whole wheat pasta, sweet potatoes and kale (photos #1 and #2 © North Carolina Sweet Potatoes). [2] Beautiful sweet potatoes, grown in North Carolina. [3] This variety of kale is variously called black Tuscan, dinosaur or lacinato (photo © Good Eggs).   Macaroni and cheese is a favorite in […]

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Our favorite Halloween candies were mini Almond Joys, Mounds, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Skor bars. But our palate has since progressed beyond their childhood charms. Thank goodness for Theo’s artisan chocolates. Theo has brought these and more into the quality-chocolate universe. Coconut Bites (an upgrade of Mounds) Coconut Bites Salted Almond (an upgrade of […]

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October 17th is Four Prunes Day. It may sound like a funny name for a food holiday. It was based on medical advice that four to nine prunes a day would help with “digestive regularity.” We love prunes and prune juice. But many Americans steer clear of them, perhaps because of their long association with […]

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[1] Soup with a fall popcorn garnish (both photos © Popcorn Board). [2] Add the garnish to chili and more.   Here’s a fun garnish for fall: for soups, vegetables, grains, proteins, even plain yogurt. Combine seasoned popcorn (recipe below) with dried cranberries and pepitas, and top with fried sage leaves (here’s the recipe—it’s worth […]

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[1] Pace yourself, and try the 15+ flavors of Wolferman’s English Muffins (all photos © Wolferman’s). [2] Yes, please: Chocolate Chip English Muffins. [3] Peanut butter and bananas for breakfast. [4] Peanut butter and bananas for breakfast. [5] It’s Pumpkin English Muffin season. There are also Cranberry Citrus muffins. [6] English crumpets. You can bake […]

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What’s in your salad? If it’s the same group of ingredients that you’ve used throughout the spring and summer, it’s time to expand your choices to cool weather ingredients. Good Eggs, purveyor of premium produce in the San Francisco Bay area, created the chart below to make it easy for you to mix and match. […]

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