We love mochi (pronounced MO-chee), an Asian-American sweet with roots in ancient Japan. For more than a millennia in Japan, mounds of pillowy rice dough have been stuffed with adzuki beans and other sweet fillings (photo #1, ice cream mochi, look similar). A dough of pounded, glutinous (but gluten-free) sweet rice flour is steamed and […]

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[1] That’s one big cookie! Here’s the recipe from A Cozy Kitchen.   Hey Cookie Monster, and the cookie monsters within us: May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. We’re going for this jumbo chocolate chip cookie, from A Cozy Kitchen. It’s baked in a 12-inch skillet. That makes it a family-size chocolate chip […]

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[1] (photo courtesy Kindred Restaurant) [2] Wild-caught gulf shrimp (photo courtesy I Love Blue Sea | Vital Choice). [3] Raw whole shrimp (photo courtesy Mercato).   It’s National Shrimp Day. One of the easiest ways to celebrate: Make yourself a shrimp roll. The photo, which may appear to be a lobster roll, actually contains whole […]

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People love crescent rings. The taco crescent ring is one of the most popular recipes of all time on Pillsbury.com. Crescent rings, stuffed crescent dough arranged in a circle, can be served: Stuffed with eggs and sausage for breakfast. As a “danish” ring for breakfast and coffee breaks. Instead of sandwiches at lunch. With beer, […]

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[1] The Hanako San Bloody Mary at Bamboo Sushi in Portland, Oregon. [2] Ready for its close-up.   There are many variations on the Bloody Mary, one of America’s favorite cocktails. This one is from Bamboo Sushi in Portland, Oregon. It’s called Hanako-San, The Bamboo Bloody. While we don’t have the exact recipe, the ingredients […]

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[1] Rustic Double Pumpkin Loaf is white whole wheat dough mixed with pumpkin purée and topped with pumpkin seeds. [2] Ready for snacking and dessert: cocoa-flavored whole wheat dough with chocolate chunks and dried cherries (photos courtesy Chabaso Bakery).   Is Mom a bread lover? How about sending her some specialty artisan breads for Mother’s […]

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[1] Baked vegetable omelet. Here’s the recipe from Pampered Chef. [2] Eggs Benedict, popular for festive occasions (photo courtesy American Egg Board). [3] Caprese frittata, with mozzarella, basil and tomato (photo courtesy eMeals). [4] Shakshouka, eggs poached in a spicy sauce (photo courtesy Good Eggs). [5] Toad In A Hole, at Sugar Cane | Miami. […]

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[1] Food fun: fonduta and meatballs (photo courtesy Flavor & The Menu). [2] How about a smoked mozzarella fondue? Here’s the recipe from Center Cut Cook. [3] Serve fonduta with classic dippers, with or without the fondue pot (photo courtesy Equatorial Sky | Wikipedia).   Who needs spaghetti or lasagna? This fun dish from Flavor […]

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Here’s a fusion recipe for Cinco de Mayo: Mexican Chicken Lasagna. It substitutes tortillas for lasagna noodles, enchilada sauce for pasta sauce, Monterey Jack for mozzarella. It’s lots of fun. Thanks to Pampered Chef for the recipe.     RECIPE: MEXICAN CHICKEN “LASAGNA” Ingredients For 8 Servings 1/4 cup (50 mL) lightly packed fresh cilantro […]

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