Frittatas and stratas are dishes that work for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They’re egg-based dishes similar to an omelette or a crustless quiche, incorporating meat or seafood, cheese, and/or vegetables. The word frittata means “fried” in Italian, and frittatas are typically made in a skillet. But when we drilled down into this recipe, which was […]

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Our colleague Hannah Kaminski of Bittersweet Blog is a vegan author and recipe developer, so we were surprised when she sent an email with salmon sushi. Except it’s not, as she calls it, fish-free salmon sushi: It’s cantaloupe! Yes, there are “real” vegan sushi substitutes. We recently reported on Ocean Hugger Foods, which has created […]

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[1] Clams on the half shell with mignonette sauce, at Casino Clam Bar in New York City. [2] Clams on the half shell with cocktail sauce and a side of crudites, at The Clam in New York City. [3] Littleneck clams (photo courtesy Good Eggs).   National Clams on the Half Shell Day is March […]

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If you’ve ever seen individual meringue cups/shells in a bakery and wondered what they are: They’re the base of Pavlovas*. Light and airy, they are filled with fruit to make an impressive gluten-free and fat-free dessert (photo #2). Pavlova is quick-assembly dessert that’s impressive and low-calorie. It consists of a meringue base topped with fresh […]

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We would never have heard of mahlepi or mahleb*, a Middle Eastern spice, were it not for Greek tsoureki (photo #1), one of our favorite Easter breads. Tsoureki, a soft, sweet and buttery braided yeast loaf, is famous for its embedded Easter eggs. We’ve never made it because it’s a two-day process, and we never […]

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March 25th is International Waffle Day. Fortunately, we live in New York City, where it is easy to get authentic Brussels and Liège waffles*, thanks to Wafels & Dinges. The company operates food trucks and kiosks. If you’re hesitant to take on the carbs, give yourself a treat: They’re worth it. In fact, the plain […]

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We recently wrote about spring crudités, but what else should be spring-ified? How about crostini, one of our favorite, easy-to-make nibbles. We serve them as snacks and with cocktails (including wine, beer and cider). You can also serve a couple of them as a first course, with a small lettuce salad.   SPRING CROSTINI INGREDIENTS […]

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Here’s a fusion food: thousand year old eggs*, a traditional Chinese recipe, crossed with western tradition: Easter Eggs. A sophisticated adult crowd will enjoy these sophisticated Easter eggs. You can: Let guests peel their own and serve with a dipping sauce. Leave some whole and devil some of them.   Either way, it’s a charming […]

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We were thrilled to receive sample bags of Maddy & Maize, small batch gourmet popcorn handmade in St. Paul, Minnesota. More accurately, we were thrilled when we tasted them. Could they be the best flavored popcorns anywhere? The line is all-natural, which means no artificial flavors and color, no HFCS, non GMO, peanut-free. And most […]

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