[1] A bowl of rambutans, with some pieces peeled to reveal the white fruit inside (photo © HLB Specialties). [2] Rambutans ripening on the tree. The “haze” around the red fruits are green “hairs,” which have not yet ripened to red (photo © Bonayon). [3] A cluster of rambutans cut from the tree. They grow […]

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Heirloom tomatoes get a lot of press in the summer. July and August are the peak months to pick these most flavorful tomatoes. Are they worth the extra cost? And what exactly are heirloom tomatoes?     WHAT ARE HEIRLOOMS TOMATOES Heirloom produce—fruits and vegetables—are old varieties, typically with superior flavor, that have been bypassed […]

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[1 & 2] Serve appetizer or dessert bites in a paella pan (photos © Empellón Restaurant | NYC.   Here’s an idea from Empellón Restaurant in New York City, which specializes in modern Mexican cuisine. Grab that paella pan, serving tray or oversize dish from its hiding place, fill it with crushed ice get ready […]

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You can tell that Americans suffer from lactose intolerance by the different types of lactose-free milk in stores. In our supermarket, there are as many varieties of lactose-free milk as conventional cow’s milk (0%, 2%, whole, chocolate, etc.). In fact, Prevention magazine says that 65% of the world population are officially diagnosed as lactose-intolerant. Others […]

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[1] Frosecco, a frozen Prosecco drink (photo © Cavit). [2] Flutes of Prosecco at BLT Prime | New York. [3] The Veneto region of Italy (photo courtesy Wikipedia).   A toast to National Prosecco Day, August 13th (photo #2)! The Bellini cocktail, created in 1948 at Harry’s Bar in Venice, was made with Prosecco. Here’s […]

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[1] Tomato-Peach Gazpacho. Here’s the recipe from Botanica Restaurant | LA. [2] Chilled Zucchini-Basil Soup from Botanica Restaurant. [3] Peach-Jalapeño Gazpacho garnished with cucumber, jalapeño, watercress and white peaches (all photos © Botanica Restaurant)   A bowl of soup can be more than a bowl of soup. Botanica restaurant in Los Angeles shows us how. […]

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[1] Turn the s’mores recipe into an ice cream sundae (photo © Bamboo Sushi | Portland). [2] The classic S’mores cookie sandwich (photo © Dandies).   Bamboo Sushi in Portland, Oregon does more than turn out great sushi: It creates smashing desserts like this S’mores Sundae. This one is so easy to make. National S’mores […]

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[1] Grilled peaches with burrata. The recipe is below (photo © DeLallo). [2] Burrata (photo © Murray’s Cheese). [3] Burrata with toast (photo © Distilled Restaurant | NYC). [3] Puglia, the birthplace of burrata (image courtesy Wikipedia). [4] While homemade pesto is particularly delicious, it’s easier to open a jar of pesto (photo © DeLallo). […]

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Hibiscus is a flower (photo #2) that is brewed into an herbal tea, a caffeine-free tea also called a tisane. Tisanes are infusions of flowers, herbs, roots, spices, or other plant material. Long used in homeopathic medicine, they are now enjoyed by people seeking a caffeine-free beverage.     THE TASTE OF HIBISCUS We first […]

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