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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[1] Champagne pairs well with any fish or seafood, including sushi and sashimi (photo courtesy Latte Luxury News). [2] Enjoy your favorite cheeses with Champagne (photo courtesy Champagne Bureau). [3] Drink Champagne with poultry or pork (photo courtesy Champagne Bureau).   Why wait for New Year’s Eve to crack open the bubbly? October 19th is […]

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Bring the flavor of fall to your mustard: gingerbread-spiced mustard. You can buy it or make it. French brands such as Pommery make it, and you can find it on Amazon. Its French name is Moutarde au Pain d’Epices: moutarde (moo-TARD) is mustard and pain d’epices (pan day PEACE) is gingerbread. Gingerbread is one of […]

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If you’ve never made marshmallows, here’s your chance to delight family and friends as you warm them up with a cup of hot cocoa. In addition to cocoa, you can use them to garnish fruit salad, ice cream, cakes, pies and other desserts. You can make them in traditional squares, or use cookie cutters to […]

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Every Halloween season we look forward to a crunchy-coated red candy apple and a chewy caramel apple. If you can’t have sugar, worry not: We have recipes for sugar-free/no sugar added candy and caramel apples. Sugar Free Candy Apples Recipe Sugar Free Caramel Apples Recipe   DECORATING THE APPLES We couldn’t find a sugar-free candy […]

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[1] An easy version of traditional miso soup, made with instant dashi (photo courtesy Sushi Lounge | NJ). [2] An Americanized version: miso broth with broad noodles (photo and recipe courtesy Pasta Fits). [3] Non-traditional garnishes for miso soup: bean sprouts and edamame (photo courtesy Sun Basket). [4] Miso paste. When you’re done with the […]

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Our word “dessert” emerged in mid-16th-century French, a combination of the past participle of desservir “to clear the table,” and servir, “to serve.” The name reflects that dessert was served after the table had been cleared of other dishes. A variety of desserts set on the table of the same time became known as service […]

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What’s a soup napoleon? It’s a name we gave to this recipe concept from Vaucluse restaurant in New York City. It sounds more appealing than “stack” or “cylinder” and more accurate than “tower.” A pastry napoleon is a stack of layered pastry, custard, and optionally, fruit. The mechanics are simple: A stack of four or […]

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