We were admiring this dessert from Caviar Russe in New York City. It’s art on a plate. Then we realized: This is relatively easy to put together. We love artistic food, so we set out to make our version of this cake-and-ice cream dessert. If you buy the loaf cake instead of baking it, the […]

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If you’re accustomed to serving your dinner protein with one vegetable and a starch (potato, noodles, rice)—or veg and a side salad—here’s a tip on “diversification.” It was inspired by this dish from Bluewater Grill, with several locations in California and one in Phoenix. Their chefs know that serving multiple items generates more excitement. That’s […]

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Potato salad as first course? Sure, when it’s as elegant and complex as this Stacked Purple Potato & Cucumber Salad recipe, from the Idaho Potato Commission. The recipe is a fusion of American potato salad and Middle Eastern tabouli (tabbouleh). Of course, you can still serve the potato salad, unstacked, as a side dish.   […]

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[1] Spring asparagus can be served at every meal of the day (photo courtesy Good Eggs). [2] Growing asparagus. It’s very labor intensive and back-breaking: The spears need to be cut by hand (photo courtesy Australian Asparagus Council). [3] Simple but elegant: a grilled rack of asparagus (photo courtesy California Asparagus Commission).   In the […]

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Flavor & The Menu, a magazine and website for chefs that reports on food trends, has recommended a new one: breakfast pizza. You may have encountered breakfast pizza, but it’s far from ubiquitous. “The explosive growth of fast casual [dining] has helped elevate pizza to new heights and has kept this exciting category on fire,” […]

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[1] Covered in top-quality chocolate, a couple of these mini pretzels are a guilt-free treat. [2] You can set them out for guests, but we kept the bag to ourselves (both photos courtesy Edward Marc Chocolatier).   You can find chocolate-covered pretzels in stores nationwide. So why are these from Edward Marc Chocolatier so special? […]

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April 4th is National Ramen Day. It’s also National Burrito Day, National Carrot Day and National Cordon Bleu Day. In case you’ve never had a ramen burger, it’s a hamburger where fried ramen, formed into a bun shape, replaces the bread bun.     RAMEN BURGER HISTORY The American version of the ramen burger (photo […]

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[1] Delicious: a baked potato filled with a tomato-basil balsamic relish (photo courtesy Idaho Potato Commission). [2] Russet Burbank variety of russet potatoes (photo courtesy Idaho Potato Commission). [3] An artichoke-stuffed baked potato. Here’s the recipe from Bonefish Grill.   This recipe, from the Idaho Potato Commission, was titled “Spring Baked Potato.” But given that […]

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[1] You can use brown bags to serve popcorn, but not to pop it (photo courtesy The Popcorn Board). [2] Having unpopped kernels at the end of popping is normal (photo courtesy Belle Chevre | Facebook). [3] Ditch the brown bag and get an inexpensive microwave popcorn popper or similar vented bowl (photo courtesy Housewares […]

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