Matzo, variously translated from Hebrew as matzoh, matza, matzah, matztzah and other spellings, is a 3,000-year-old accidental recipe.   SOME MATZO HISTORY As anyone who knows the story of Exodus will remember, in the time of Moses, Egypt’s pharaoh* finally agreed after much appealing, and then the 10 plagues, to let the enslaved children of […]

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[1] Drying meat or fish over a fire (image courtesy Kitchen Of The Future). [2] Drying squash (photo courtesy China Daily). [3] Drying ducks; the same technique is used for air-dried hams (photo courtesy China Daily). [5] Drying fruits (photo courtesy Brainview). [4] Sundried tomatoes are preserved today as they were thousands of years ago […]

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You may be all set for Halloween, but think ahead to the Thanksgiving crush: hostess gifts, party favors, little extras for your colleagues or friends. We like this seasonal recipe by Kirstin Jackson of It’s Not You, It’s Brie. It was shared with us by Go Bold With Butter. In this recipe, shelled and salted […]

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[1] Making this pound cake in a bundt pan provides eye appeal (photo courtesy King Arthur Flour). [2] Always buy pure maple syrup. The “pancake syrup” sold in grocery stores is corn syrup with artificial maple flavoring. Here’s an explanation of the differences (photo Miguel Andrade | Wikipedia).   While maple-flavored foods can be served […]

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[1] A hearty dinner dish, this paella has a twist: potatoes (photo courtesy Black Gold Farms). [2] Red potatoes (photo courtesy Good Eggs). [3] It’s easy to make a vegan paella, since the recipe uses no dairy products. This version replaces meat with cauliflower florets (photo courtesy Blossom Restaurant | NYC).   There’s no saffron […]

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A chocolate-pumpkin parfait with whipped cream made from scratch (photo courtesy Hope Foods).   When we saw this photo from Hope Foods, we were inspired to create our own version. It couldn’t be easier. RECIPE: HARVEST PUDDING PARFAIT Ingredients For 4-6 Servings 1 can pumpkin pie filling (with sugar and spices) 1 package instant chocolate […]

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Sandwiches have always offered a familiar platform for creative signaturization, says Flavor & The Menu, a restaurant trend magazine for chefs. Good chefs play with each layer to create tempting flavor combinations. What meat, cheese, and/or vegetables; what type of bread; what condiments; what raw vegetables (lettuce vs. arugula, tomatoes vs. roasted red peppers, for […]

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October 21st is National Mezcal Day. If you’ve heard of mezcal, you know it’s related to tequila. You may even have had some. But how does it differ from tequila, and why should you buy it (or order a glass at your favorite watering hole)?   THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TEQUILA & MEZCAL Like the different […]

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