[1] Hatch chiles have a short growing season: just August and September (all photos except #2 © Melissa’s Produce). [2] Dried hatch chiles (photo © Otis Acres Micro Farm. [3] Once dried, you can enjoy Hatch chiles year-round. This Hatch-At-Home box from Melissa’s has everything from seasonings and salsa to polenta and popcorn. [4] For […]

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Mid-Day Squares are functional chocolate bars, part of a growing movement towards functional foods. Functional foods and beverages are everyday foods enhanced (fortified) with supplemental nutrition. The goal is to provide a health benefit beyond normal satiation and nutrition. Here’s more about functional foods. The Mid-Day Squares line was conceived by Lezlie Karls, a chocolate […]

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When chefs create a recipe, they include elements of salt, acid, fat and heat (and sometimes, a pinch of sweetness). It’s all about flavor: Salt enhances flavor; acid balances flavor; fat delivers flavor and mouthfeel; and heat (pepper, chiles, etc.) is a counterpoint. But what about texture? Good recipes take time to add texture as […]

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[1] Bouillabaisse, a fish soup or stew from Marseille (photo courtesy Mackenzie Ltd). [2] Escargots, a delicacy of snails in garlic and parsley butter (photo courtesy Williams Sonoma). [3] Tarte tatin (photo courtesy Taste.com.au). [4] Ratatouille with a fried egg (photo courtesy Elegant Affairs Caterers).   July 14th is Bastille Day, the national day of […]

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Two days ago we showed how to give international flair to poke, the Hawaiian spin on sashimi salad. Today, our colleague Hannah Kaminsky transforms one of the blandest foods in America (via Italy): gnocchi. Here, she makes a fusion dish of potato gnocchi and Indian spices (photo #1), to create “samosa* gnocchi,” inspired by the […]

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Holiday parties, dinners and festivities have begun! This is a time when food and drink are associated with almost all events, and a time when many people’s waistlines start to expand. There are tips to follow to keep weight in check this holiday season and the rest of the year, and it includes eating more […]

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People wanting to replace their unhealthy foods for healthy foods sticking to an effective weight loss diet plan often find that task tricky to do. Doing tiny steps every day can help little by little. Daily whenever nutritious food products happen to be picked instead of unhealthy food items, dieters are one step closer to […]

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