December 14th is National Biscuits & Gravy Day. Biscuits and gravy emerged as a Southern regional dish after the Revolutionary War (1775–1783), when foodstuffs and cash were in short supply. Breakfast was the most substantial meal of the day, to fuel people for the hard work ahead. Biscuits covered in gravy made from meat drippings, […]

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December 4th is National Cookie Day, and it’s also the time when happy bakers are whipping up dozens of Christmas cookies. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite recipes, below. But first…     THE HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES Modern Christmas cookies can trace their history to recipes from medieval northern European biscuits (cookies), […]

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National Cappuccino Day is November 8th. We’ve already had two cups of it, and wish we’d already made this no-bake cappuccino cheesecake. The recipe is by Heather Baird of Sprinkle Bakes, developed by Go Bold With Butter, a great recipe website where everything is tested and dee-licious. This cheesecake is light, creamy, and not overly […]

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November 6th is National Nachos Day, a good occasion to have a nachos party. What’s that? An occasion to get together with friends and try different nachos recipes—with different types of beers, of course, and different Margaritas. Who doesn’t enjoy a hearty plate of nachos for a snack, or even for a main course? They’re […]

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[1] Spaghetti with fig soffrito. The recipe is below (photo © California Figs). [2] Dried Black Mission figs (photos #2 and #4 © Good Eggs). [3] Dried Golden figs. [4] Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Parmesan is the generic form, of more modest quality (photo © Murray’s Cheese). [5] Garnish with a pinch of crushed red chile flakes […]

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[1] Brown Turkey figs are available fresh from California (photo © Heather Barnes | Wesual | Unsplash). [2] Chocolate-covered figs: Delicious for entertaining and gifting (photo © California Figs). [3] A classic appetizer: melon with figs and prosciutto (photo © Good Eggs). [4] America’s best-known fresh fig varieties: Brown Turkey, Calimyrna, Kadota and Mission (photo […]

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