May 21st is National Strawberries & Cream Day. This delicious shake was created by Bo’s Kitchen. Bo creates vegan recipes in the U.K. You can make the shake with conventional half-and-half* or with nondairy milk; Bo uses coconut milk. Bo’s recipe: Simmer strawberries in a pan with a bit water and a splash of maple […]

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[1] Minted pea soup from John Woodhouse (recipe below; photos #1 and #2 courtesy John Woodhouse). [2] Fresh spring peas give a flavor to the soup that frozen peas cannot. [3] You can use half-and-half or heavy cream. See the footnote below (†) for the difference between half-and-half, light cream and heavy cream (photo courtesy […]

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[1] That’s one big cookie! Here’s the recipe from A Cozy Kitchen.   Hey Cookie Monster, and the cookie monsters within us: May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. We’re going for this jumbo chocolate chip cookie, from A Cozy Kitchen. It’s baked in a 12-inch skillet. That makes it a family-size chocolate chip […]

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Think pink for Mother’s Day, with this pink Margarita from Ocean Spray (photo #1). Technically, it’s a Margarita-Cosmopolitan fusion: It combines the tequila, triple sec, lime juice and salt rim of a Margarita with the cranberry juice of a Cosmo. The drink is pink because it uses Ocean Spray’s pink cranberry juice (photo #2). Here’s […]

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Here’s a fusion recipe for Cinco de Mayo: Mexican Chicken Lasagna. It substitutes tortillas for lasagna noodles, enchilada sauce for pasta sauce, Monterey Jack for mozzarella. It’s lots of fun. Thanks to Pampered Chef for the recipe.     RECIPE: MEXICAN CHICKEN “LASAGNA” Ingredients For 8 Servings 1/4 cup (50 mL) lightly packed fresh cilantro […]

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Here’s a treat for Cinco de Mayo that happens to be vegan: Tacos Al Pastor Al pastor is a dish from central Mexico that is an adaptation of shawarma, the spit-grilled meat brought by Lebanese immigrants to Mexico. Shawarma is similar to Turkish döner kebab and the Greek gyros. The dish— Mexican street food—is made […]

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Will you be doing something festive for Cinco de Mayo? Think beyond guacamole. This recipe, from Bush’s Beans, tops the ever popular hummus with two Mexican favorites—salsa and queso fresco—to create fusion hummus. Even if you’re not doing anything special, serve it as a first course with dinner, or as an accompaniment to a glass […]

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Passover macaroons are a traditional treat for Passover. But what if you don’t like coconut—or simply have a yen for chocolate? Voilà: a Passover-friendly recipe for brownies, thanks to Melissa’s. In order to “bulk up” the brownies in the absence of leavening, Melissa’s has added dried cranberries. They’re delicious paired with chocolate, but you can […]

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