September is National Potato Month, and our contribution to the festivities is Mashed Potato Pizza. Our favorite baker, The Baker Chick, made it with leftover mashed potatoes. She used slow cooker mashed potatoes, but you can make the mash however you like. For a Thanksgiving Leftovers pizza, you can substitute mashed sweet potatoes and top […]

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Deep frying occurs when the fat in a pot or pan completely envelops the food. You may have read tips on deep frying that advise against cooking with extra virgin olive oil. The advice is that the smoke point is too low. But that’s not so, says California Olive Ranch, producers of fine EVOO in […]

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[1] Nepalese potato salad uses a yogurt binder and a number of South Asian spices (photo © Idaho Potato Commission). [2] Fingerling potatoes (photo © The Roasted Root, which used them to make these delicious Rosemary Roasted Fingerlings).   Nepalese potato salad? What’s that? Potatoes, like chicken, provide a neutral canvas that can showcase the […]

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Mary’s Gone Crackers is a brilliantly-crafted line. Wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, non-GMO, with no hydrogenated oils or trans-fats: These delicious crackers are the poster food for everything that is trending in specialty food today. Yet, the brand dates to 1994, when Mary Waldner discovered that she and her son were allergic to gluten, a protein […]

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[1] Canned baked beans can’t compare to the homemade version (recipe and photo © DeLallo). [2] In New England and elsewhere in the U.S., beans were baked in a dedicated beanpot (photo © Five Rings | Wikipedia).   Sorry, Bush’s, but commercial baked beans are a sorry lot. They should be called “candied beans” for […]

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If you’re going to kick back this weekend with friends and some lovely libations, or have a group over for brunch, you may need a snack idea. Here it is: DIY Crostini. The crunchy little toasts are great with wine or beer, and a fun food when people add their own toppings. Set out all […]

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[1] Green goddess: a crudité plate of green lettuces (photo © Empellon | NYC [2] California-grown Castelfranco chicory (photo © Good Eggs). [3] Variegated radicchio, radicchio variegato di castelfranco IGP. IGP is an acronym for indicazione geografica protetta, meaning it can only be grown in a specified region—In this case, the Castelfranco Veneto region of […]

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