July 21st is National Junk Food Day. Is this permission to chow down on our favorite junk foods? And what is junk food, anyway? When we drilled down, we were surprised. We’d always thought of junk food as empty calorie food: candy, chips and other salty snacks, cookies, fast food, foods baked or cooked with […]

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[1] Kimchi hot dogs, topping Wagyu dogs with Korean-style kimchi coleslaw (all photos © Snake River Farms). [2] Wagyu dogs with kimchi ingredients. [3] Wagyu hot dogs are more expensive than regular beef dogs, but worth it. Treat yourself! [4] Wagyu dogs enjoy any topping, from plain mustard or ketchup to grilled onions and beyond. […]

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[1] High-calorie, high-fat cashews are de-fatted into less than one-third of the calories (photos © Murray’s). [2] A jar of PB2 Cashew Powder (photos #2 and #3 © PB2 Foods). [3] Just add water and the powder becomes a spread. [4] Cut the calories by using nut powder instead of nut butter in sauces and […]

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There are a few cheeses that can turn a cheese plate into edible art. One of these is Port Wine Derby, a smooth, creamy Derby cheese marbled with an infusion of Port wine to create an exquisite deep purple pattern. The color and sweet blackcurrant undertones come from the Port wine, which is added to […]

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July is National Hot Dog Month, 31 days to try something new. We’ve seen hot dogs wrapped in biscuit dough (photo #2), but why not a regular wrap? That’s what Atoria’s Bakery did with their whole grain lavash (lah-VASH), a flexble flatbread. Atoria’s makes lavash in Traditional, Garlic & Herb, Whole Grain & Flax, and […]

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[1] The classic presentation: a stroopwafel atop a mug (all photos © Finger Licking Dutch). [2] They’re just as delicious “on the side.” [3] What’s this? It’s a stroopwafel garnished with caramel sauce and chocolate chips, waiting for a scoop of ice cream. [4] Make your “sundae” a simple one with a side of strawberries. […]

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[1] Today’s featured recipe: Carne Asada Fries (recipe and photos #1, #3, #6 © Idaho Potato Commission). [2] Very popular: steak frites, steak with a side of fries (photo © LT Bar & Grill | Hackensack, New Jersey). [3] Baked fries with bacon, cheddar and scallions. The recipe link is below. [4] Trending: shoestring fries […]

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Lemonade gets lots of attention during summer months. But why ignore limeade? It’s just as refreshing, and more of a treat since one doesn’t often find it. If you don’t want to squeeze limes, it’s easy to pick up a can of frozen limeade. The concentrate is versatile: also a component of some slushies, sangrias, […]

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