Get a shamrock cookie cutter to make fun foods for St. Patrick’s Day. You can buy a set of 4-inch and 2.6-inch cutters for less than $ 8.00. What to cut? We like the large cutter for: Avocado garnish Breakfast pancakes and toast Lunch burgers/cheeseburgers Grilled cheese and other sandwiches Dinner proteins Loaf cakes Cookies […]

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[1] Today’s recipe: Shepherd’s Pie X Baked Potatoes (photo courtesy Idaho Potato Commission). The American version of Shepherd’s Pie adds vegetables (photo courtesy Foster’s Market Cookbook). [3] Shepherd’s Pie with sweet potato mashed potatoes, at Centerville Pie Company. You can also use a polenta top crust. [4] Fancy Shepherd’s Pie, showing that even a humble […]

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Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Even if you don’t wear green or watch a parade on March 17th, you pick up a green bagel or some Irish soda bread, and end the day with wine and Irish cheeses, a green cocktail or an Irish Coffee. Or, you can make a traditional Irish recipe, or […]

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It seems that once or twice a year, a new brand of artisan ice cream pops up in a local store. Ice cream lover that we are, we try every one. They’re all good, but aside from the occasional groovy flavor, they don’t distinguish themselves from all the other good ice cream in the freezer […]

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[1] Quinoa porridge topped with spiced apples and cottage cheese (photo courtesy Muuna). [2] Amaranth porridge with almond milk and maple syrup. Here’s the recipe from Food Heaven Made Easy. [3] Elegant presentation: cooked farro pressed into a ring mold, unmolded and topped with fruit, at Villard Restaurant | Lotte New York Palace Hotel. [4] […]

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[1] Assorted chiles that are popular in U.S. kitchens (photo courtesy Melissa’s). [2] Cayenne chiles (photo courtesy Good Eggs).   Wild chiles have been a part of the diet in the Americas since about 7500 B.C.E. While the first chile may have been domesticated in Bolivia, the oldest known traces of have been found in […]

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[1] The chocolate remains hidden until you dig into the muffin (photo courtesy Agnese Italian Recipes. [2] You can buy pistachio flour or grind your own from pistachio nuts. See the technique below (photo courtesy Gourmet Food World). [3] For more festiveness, look for green foil muffin/cupcake liners (photo courtesy Fox Run).   February 26th […]

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It’s a happy day when we discover a new food. We discovered celtuce [photo #1] in our local Chinatown. There are a number of fruits and vegetables in Chinese cuisine that are unfamiliar to non-Chinese Americans. They move slowly into the hands of mainstream American chefs, and then trickle down to home cooks. One of […]

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[1] Oxtail is prized for its rich flavor and gelatinous texture (photo courtesy Abel And Cole). [2] The whole tail, ready to be sliced (photo © Andrew Grygus, The Clove Garden). [3] Oxtail ragu, a popular preparation (recipe and photo from Sara Kate Gillingham | The Kitchn). The cooked meat is removed from the bone. […]

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