Quick tips for National Potato Month, September, on how to buy and store potatoes (National Potato Day is August 19th).     HOW TO BUY POTATOES FIRM. Choose potatoes that are firm, with smooth skin. Avoid potatoes that are too soft, greenish in color or have cuts, sprouts or blemishes. These are more likely to […]

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Raise a toast to September 20th, National Rum Punch Day. Punch is a general term for a broad assortment of mixed drinks, made with or without alcohol. The drink originated on the Indian Subcontinent, was called paantsch. The word “punch” derives from that Hindi word, also spelled panch, which in turn comes from the Sanskrit […]

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[1] Red velvet layer cake. Here’s the recipe (photo © McCormick). [2] Red velvet bundt cake in Nordicware’s “Stained Glass” design (photo © Nordicware). [3] Red velvet pancakes. Here’s the recipe (photo © Taste Of Home). [5] Red velvet donuts. Here’s the recipe (photo © Farmgirl Gourmet).   September 18th is National Red Velvet Cake […]

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Grilled Avocado Party Bar Ham & Avocado Omelet Ladybugs On A Stick Layered Salad Roasted Beet, Avocado & Granny Smith Apple Towers Southwestern Salad In An Avocado Boat Stuffed Avocados Turmeric-Spiced Chicken Tacos With Avocado Tomato Salsa Spice-Seared Tofu with Avocado, Beets & Cucumbers Spinach Salad with Pan-Seared Salmon & Avocado Strawberry Avocado Smoothie Sushi […]

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[1] Black and white cookies, so craveable (photo © American Heritage Chocolate). [2] Some bakers get creative. Dana’s Bakery makes black and white cookies with a surprise inside: rainbow cake (photos #3 and #4 © Dana’s Bakery) [3] Dana’s Bakery also makes chocolate chip black-and-whites, gluten-free black-and-whites, s’mores black-and-whites and vegan black-and-white cookies. [4] For […]

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[1] A sweet potato pizza with caramelized onions, copressata and balsamic glaze (photo and recipe © DeLallo). [2] Sweet sopressata, a dry salami from southern Italy (photo © Our Harvest). [3] Mascarpone, rich and creamy (photo © Vermont Creamery). [4] Provolone cheese is a close cousin of mozzarella. Both are stretched-curd cheeses, called pasta filata […]

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