[1] Classic Spaghetti Carbonara (photo courtesy Barilla). [2] A very modern, deconstructed Carbonara, using wide pasta ribbons and a poached egg (here’s the recipe from Food Republic). [3] Make Pizza Carbonara. Here’s the recipe from Grace Parisi.   April 6th is International Carbonara Day, celebrating Italy’s Spaghetti Carbonara, one of the more famous pasta dishes. […]

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When we published a recent recipe for Pavlova, we were surprised that we didn’t have a recipe for Strawberries Romanoff. We have often used to fill or top the Pavlova. Today, we remedy that!     STRAWBERRIES ROMANOFF HISTORY The original recipe for Strawberries Romanoff was created around the turn of the 20th century by […]

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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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