March 4th is National Snack Day. Quick: Name your favorite snacks! Now, take a look at these better-for-you snacks, and see how you measure up. Most are easily portable. To sweeten the snacks, consider a Splenda/cinnamon mix: a packet of Splenda with a dash of cinnamon. In alphabetical order, we suggest: Apple chips. Dried fruit […]

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[1] It’s National Peanut Butter Lovers Day. Enjoy peanut butter straight from the jar (photo courtesy Jif). [2] Celebrate by trying a new brand of artisan peanut butter (photo courtesy Once Again Peanut Butter). [3] One of our favorite ways to cook with PB: Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles (photo courtesy Sable & Rosenfeld). [4] Rice […]

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[1] Strawberry tiramisu. The recipe is below (photo courtesy King Arthur Flour). [2] Variations: tiramisu made in a bowl, topped with mixed berries, to be scooped instead of sliced (photo courtesy Mozzarella Company). [3] Classic tiramisu, made with (among other ingredients) espresso, coffee liqueur, marsala and ladyfingers, topped with cocoa powder. Here’s the recipe from […]

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February 26th is National Pistachio Day. Long, long ago, if we had been a good girl, Mom would take us to Howard Johnson’s for a pistachio hot fudge sundae. Howard Johnson’s is long gone, and it isn’t easy to find pistachio ice cream. But here’s an easy recipe for pistachio fudge.     PISTACHIOS FROM […]

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If you have free time today, bake a pie. It can be sweet or savory (pot pie, shepherd’s pie, vegetable pie, etc.) February 23rd is National Pie Day, an annual celebration of pies launched in the mid-1970s by Charlie Papazian, a nuclear engineer, brewer and teacher from Boulder, Colorado. He also founded the Association of […]

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If you cook fish frequently, a quick broiling, grilling, sauté or poaching may be your technique of choice. But before you put a piece of plain fish on a plate with vegetables on the side, consider serving it en brodo: in broth with vegetables. In Italy, not just fish (pesce) but tortellini and other pasta […]

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This mac and cheese recipe uses both wagon wheels and cavatappi instead of elbows (photo courtesy Barilla Foodservice).   At Burtons Grill in Andover, Massachusetts, chef Scott Perry has fun with mac and cheese. It turns everyday mac and cheese into food art. It’s easy to replicate at home. A mix of two pasta shapes. […]

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[1] Tortellini alfredo. Here’s the recipe from Damn Delicious. [2] Tortellini antipasto salad. Here’s the recipe from Host The Toast. [3] Tortellini and shrimp skewers. Here’s the recipe from Taste Of Home. [4] Fried tortellini bites with marinara sauce dip. Here’s the recipe from The Cozy Cook.   February 13th is National Tortellini Day. Most […]

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