July is National Hot Dog Month, 31 days to try something new. We’ve seen hot dogs wrapped in biscuit dough (photo #2), but why not a regular wrap? That’s what Atoria’s Bakery did with their whole grain lavash (lah-VASH), a flexble flatbread. Atoria’s makes lavash in Traditional, Garlic & Herb, Whole Grain & Flax, and […]

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[1] Homemade lemon ice cream, from the gifted hands of The Baker Chick (photos #1 and #2 and recipe © The Baker Chick). [2] You’ll need a quart container to hold the ice cream. [3] Top with blueberry compote or raspberry sauce. Here’s the compote recipe. [4] We tried the recipe with Meyer lemons*, which […]

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[1] Maker’s Mark Burnt Ends barbecued brisket (photos #1, #2 and #3 © Sam’s Club). [2] A popular way to serve burnt ends. [3] A two-pound package is $ 19.98. [4] Be sure to include a side of coleslaw (photo © Ildi | Panther Media)… [5] …and baked beans. Here’s the recipe (photo © Delallo). […]

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How about a BLT Polenta Recipe for National BLT Sandwich Month? It’s a combination of comfort food and food fun (photo #1). Sundried polenta is garnished with pancetta ( bacon), spinach (for the lettuce) and sundried tomatoes. Plus, a poached egg and pearl onions are added to make this a brunch, lunch or dinner dish. […]

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March is National Sauce Month. The sauce most used in American homes is tomato sauce—for pasta, pizza, eggs, meatloaf, soup base, dipping and so much more. However, tomato sauce/pasta sauce is one of the biggest sources of hidden added sugar in prepared foods. Look at the labels of the foods you buy: both the grams […]

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Try something new for National Pasta Month. It could be as simple as a shape of pasta you haven’t tried before, from wagon wheels (ruote) to strozzapreti (photo #4—the name means “priest stranglers—here’s why†). Perhaps it’s baked pasta, like manicotti, pastitsio or ziti. How about this fun approach to baked pasta: Spaghetti Pie, a recipe […]

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[1] Persimmons look like they might be related to tomatoes, but there is no relation. The two fruits branch off at the Order level (remember high school biology: Kingdom, Order, Family, Genus, Species). [2] A persimmon-yogurt parfait. Pistachio nuts are a great pairing with persimmons. Here’s the recipe from Low Carb Maven (photo © Low […]

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