[1] This is one chocolate chip cookie, mega flavor as well as size (all photos © Levain Bakery). [2] If we could only choose one, it might be Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip. Levain’s oatmeal raisin cookies, packed with juicy raisins.   Our favorite big, chunky cookie maker, Levain Bakery, is offering free shipping for […]

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[1] Hass avocados have the creamy flesh needed for mashing (photos #1, #2, #3, and #4 © ACC Art Books). [2] Three avocado toast recipes: something for everyone (or, all three for everyone!). [3] Caren Rideau’s Terra y Vino Dry Riesling is a perfect match with her avocado toast. [4] Caren Rideau: Kitchen Designer, Vintner, […]

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[1] This Indian-accented lasagna is gluten-free. The recipe is below (photo © Urban Accents). [2] Eggplant Parmigiana Lasagna combines two favorites. Here’s the recipe (photo © DeLallo). [3] Something different: lasagna soup! Here’s the recipe (photo © Wisconsin Dairy). [4] Ravioli lasagna. Here’s the recipe (photo © Oxmoor House [permanently closed]). [5] Who needs a […]

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This Scattered California Roll comes under the category of “Why didn’t we think of this?” But we’re thankful that Grace Parisi came up with the idea (more about Grace below). This recipe is in the chirashi sushi category. The name means “scattered sushi” in Japanese, and it’s the easiest sushi to make because, rather than […]

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July 27th is National Crème Brûlée Day, celebrating a French dessert that has remained on menus across the U.S. long after Coupe aux Marrons, Île Flottante, Mont Blanc, and other classic French desserts have disappeared from menus in the U.S. Crème brûlée first came to America with Thomas Jefferson’s return from France in 1789 [source]. […]

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[1] You can get very creative with the fillings (all photos © Banana Loca | NA Market Direct). [2] Here’s the gadget. It’s easy to use. [3] A banana filled with chocolate spread. [4] This banana is stuffed with raspberry preserves.   Banana Loca is an innovative kitchen gadget that lets you fill bananas with […]

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July 25th is National Culinarians Day, celebrating the culinarians for whom we are grateful. What’s a culinarian? Culinarians are culinary experts: masters of the art and science of cooking and serving food. They can be restaurant and commercial kitchen chefs, pastry chefs and bakers, caterers: anyone who is involved in the preparation of and serving […]

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