October 20th is National Brandied Fruit Day. Make it now and enjoy it over the holidays…or tomorrow! Brandied fruit is something you can overnight, or “cure” for one or two months to enjoy a more profound marinated flavor. We’ll start by enticing you with the many ways you can use brandied fruits; then go on […]

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PIF Halloween > Caramel Apples October is Halloween. National Candy Apple Day and National Caramel Apple Day are October 31st (Halloween). And October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month. So we tied them all together with this recipe for Popcorn Caramel Apples, plus more caramel and candy apple recipes. Round up with other recipes (I think […]

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[1] What you can do with a pot pie for Halloween (photo © D & D | London). [2] There’s no octopus in this beef pot pie; but the crust fits right in with Halloween. Here’s the recipe (photo © Cook’n).   D&D London is a collection of 43 diverse restaurants, bars and one hotel […]

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This photo was “eye candy” to us. It’s popcorn, but it looks like rocher, a classic French candy made from almond slivers and chocolate (photo #s). So of course, we had to try it sooner rather than later. October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, so before we give you the recipe (photo #1), here are […]

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[1] These “anytime” bars are especially fine Halloween gifts for your connosseiur friends and family. The Black N’ Burnt Barley Bar has crow imagery. Quoth the raven, “give me lots of these” (all photos © Omnom Chocolate). [2] The Burnt N’ Black Barley Bars have bits of roasted barley that add a wonderful nuance to […]

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Combine National Pasta Month (October), National Pasta Day (October 17th), National Pumpkin Day and Month (October and October 26th), and National Mushroom Day (October 15th) and lasagna, and you get a reason to make this delicious Pumpkin Mushroom Lasagna. National Lasagna Day is July 29th; but in our opinion, the weather is too hot for […]

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[1] Beautiful tomatoes that everyone would buy. Compare to the misshapen tomato below, that no one in a first-world country wants to buy (photo courtesy FAO). [2] Misshapen produce, although tasting just like normally attractive produce, is thrown away (photo © U.C. Davis). [3] Fruits with surface blemishes are not acceptable in first world countries, […]

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In 2003 Jones Soda, a Seattle company known its bottle labels that feature photos found a way to Thanksgiving even more fun. They turned Thanksgiving dinner items into soda flavors. The limited-edition five-pack contained Turkey & Gravy Soda, plus four others that varied by year, including: Cranberry Soda Dinner Roll Soda Fruitcake Soda Green Bean […]

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[1] A special fall pizza with pumpkin purée, apples, bacon and sage (photos #1, #3 and #4 © Good Eggs). [2] Cut and precook raw bacon. Fifteen minutes on the pizza isn’t enough to cook raw bacon (photo © Jami Lynn Gardner | CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0 License). [3] Pumpkin purée is not sweetened. That’s pumpkin pie filling. […]

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[1] Simple but elegant: a layered pound cake with whipped cream and berries. Here’s the recipe (photo © The Baker Chick) [2] Do you prefer a fancy tart or a simple piece of apple pie? Here’s the recipe (photo © The Lemon Apron). [3] Gelato was invented in the 16th century; but it was so […]

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