[1] What’s different about this double burger, garnished with bacon, lettuce, tomato and pickles? A layer of mashed potatoes (photo © Idaho Potato Commission)! [2] Ditch the carbs: Add your burger to a mixed salad, lightly tossed in vinaigrette (photo © 5 Napkin Burger). [3] When you can’t decide between a cheeseburger and a fried […]

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Since the dawn of humankind, people around the world have eaten insects for protein. In [what is now] Mexico alone, a variety of tasty insects were eaten for protein by Aztecs and their predecessors. Here’s more about them. And here’s a Top 10 list. Personally, we’re not into edible insects just yet. But we have […]

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[1] A box of baking soda has more uses than you might think (photo © Arm & Hammer). [2] Baking soda, originally a crystalline compound, is ground into a fine powder (photo © Taste Of Home). [3] Baking soda helps onions brown more quickly (photo © Paul Binet |iStock Photo). [4] For juicier shrimp, add […]

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Par For The Course wine for a golfer (photo © Argaux).   How about a golf wine gift for your favorite linksman (or linkswoman)? Argaux, a wine website founded by two golf-loving sommeliers, has the bottle for you. Called Par Fore The Course, each bottle of this New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is packaged with: 2 […]

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[1] One of the best Silvaner wines from Germany (photo © Shop Banquet). [2] Sylvaner is delicious with antipasto, cheese and olives, among many other foods noted below (photo © Vermont Creamery). [3] The best Sylvaner from Alsace—the region spells the wine with a “y” instead of the “i” used in Germany (photo © Domaine […]

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If you like to cook with fresh mushrooms, grow some at home. It’s easy, fun, and, as you can see from the photos, have grat eye appeal. North Spore offers mushroom kits of exotic mushrooms. These are beauties, not [with no disrespect] plain white button mushrooms or brown creminis. The varieties are gourmet mushrooms, highly […]

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[1] A stuff-your-own sabich sandwich (photo © Leny Vavsha | Panther Media). [2] At Shayla in New Orleans, the eggplant is fried in thin, chip-like slices (photo © Shayla). [3] An Alaskan version with a fish fillet and variations on other ingredients. Here’s the recipe (photo © Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute). [4] Don’t want fried […]

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We love to give gifts of pimento cheese. It isn’t a “thing” in the Northeast, where we live. We can’t remember the last time we saw it in a cheese department. Yet it’s such a versatile cheese, to use on bagels, burgers, hors d’oeuvre, crackers and beer, and so much more. > Here are 20 […]

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