Although New Years Eve is more than two-and-a-half months away, we can’t object to another “official” occasion to drink champagne. First, an important thing to know: Champagne only refers to the sparkling wines of the Champagne region of France. Everything else, by law, is called “sparkling wine,” no matter where in the world it is […]

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September 18th was National Cheeseburger Day. It inspired us to create this history of the cheese that tops more cheeseburgers than any other: American cheese. But is American cheese “real” cheese? Not in the sense that blue, cheddar, Swiss and other cheeses are. It is made from milk, but not with the traditional cheese-making process […]

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[1] A bowl of Kamut grains. Here’s how to cook it from Vegan Lovlie (photo © Vegan Lovlie). [2] A close up of the grains, three times the size of conventional wheat grains (photo © Purcell Mountain Farms). [3] Cooked Kamut grains (photo © Vegan Lovlie). [4] Kracklin Kamut, our Top Pick Of The Week […]

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It often surprises us to hear people who are perfectly dependable cooks say that they can’t cook rice. We’ve been cooking rice from scratch for many years, and the only time we’ve had a problem is when we didn’t check the time and the bottom rice scorched (which infuses the rest of the rice with […]

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[1] Avocado toast and hummus with hot sauce (photo © Hope Hummus). [2] “Three Shades Of Avocado Toast,” avocado, hummus and tahini (photo Food Deco | Instagram). [3] For a special occasion: lobster avocado toast (photo © Ocean Prime Restaurant). [4] Avocado toast with deviled hamachi collar (substitute smoked fish) and sliced radishes (photo © […]

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September is National Potato Month (August 19th is National Potato Day). While we’ll share recipes later in the month, today we have a safety message. You’ve probably never heard of getting glycoalkaloid toxicity from potatoes. The effects are mostly gastrointestinal. They are often delayed 8 to 10 hours after consuming a bad potato. The poisonous […]

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[1] Different colors of beets and carrots (photo © The Chef’s Garden). [2] Purple brussels sprouts (photo © Frieda’s Specialty Produce). [3] Cauliflower in the conventional white, plus orange and purple. In the front is romanesco, a variation of cauliflower that has spikes (photo © Nourish The Roots). [4] Green beans don’t have to be […]

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A couple of years ago, we began to notice smoking cocktails on the menus of some fine restaurants we patronize. These are not the dry-ice-generated smoke of Halloween, but flavored smoke made with wood chips or other agent that provide heavenly aroma. You don’t want the bouquet to dissipate. It’s like the alluring scent of […]

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