For those who like things hot and spicy, here’s a variation on the Dirty Martini: Add black pepper heat! You get the salty brine from the olives, and heat from the pepper. You can purchase pepper-infused vodka like Absolut Peppar (photo #2), or infuse plain vodka with peppercorns (instructions below). (Pepper vodka is also great […]

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May 29th is National Coq Au Vin Day (pronounced cuhk-oh-VAN). The name of this French country dish means “rooster with wine [sauce].” The wine varies by local specialty and can be red or white: Burgundy in Burgundy, Riesling in Alsace, and so forth. This classic dish is a bistro favorite, and one of the first […]

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Dukkah is a versatile Egyptian dry seasoning mixture of chopped nuts or chickpeas, plus a variety of flavorful seeds, spices and herbs. In the old days, the ingredients were ground together in a pestle; today, they can be tossed into a food processor. Dukkah is an extremely popular snack in the culinary melting pots of […]

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[1] Warm potato salad with olive oil instead of mayo (photo © Idaho Potato Commission). [2] Hormel Real Bacon Crumbles (photo © Hormel). [3] Mixed baby/creamer potatoes (photo © Poplar Bluff Organics). [4] Parm Crisps are available in Original, Cheddar and Sour Cream (photo © Parm Crisps).   This recipe, Roasted Potatoes with Bacon and […]

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[1] Baked onions (photo and recipe @ Jaci Goodman | Peri & Sons Onions>). [2] Yellow onions (photo © Good Eggs). [3] Red onions showing the concentric circles of eternity, per ancient Egyptians (photo © Burpee).   We’d never thought about baking a dish of onions-only, until we came across this easy-to-make onion recipe from […]

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[1] Spring salad with sugar snap peas, arugula and burrata (photo © DeLallo). [2] Sugar snap peas. The pod can be eaten whole (photo © Good Eggs). [3] Burrata, a thin mozzarella shell filled with creamy, ricotta-like cheese. The piece in photo #1 is torn by hand, but if you’re more comfortable, cut it with […]

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Cooking dinner every day during quarantine, we’ve found spring pasta and pizza recipes that are a delightful break between the standards. We’ve been making “Spring Pizza”” once a week. It has spring peas and tendrils, sugar snap peas and watercress. When we have them in the fridge, we add asparagus, too. Now for a tandem […]

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