July 27th is National Crème Brûlée Day, celebrating a French dessert that has remained on menus across the U.S. long after Coupe aux Marrons, Île Flottante, Mont Blanc, and other classic French desserts have disappeared from menus in the U.S. Crème brûlée first came to America with Thomas Jefferson’s return from France in 1789 [source]. […]

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What’s your favorite tequila drink? Enjoy it, or try a new tequila recipe, for National Tequila Day, July 24th (also known as International Tequila Day and World Tequila Day—everybody wants in!). The indigenous populations didn’t know the art of distilling. It was brought to the New World by Spanish conquistadors, who arrived in 1519. > […]

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It’s July 14th, the day to toast to Bastille Day (“le quatorze juillet” in French). The holiday is officially called the Fête Nationale (“National Celebration”). Here’s the history of Bastille Day, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris on July 14, 1789. It was a rallying point in the French Revolution. How […]

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[1] Classic peaches and cream. The recipe is below (photo © Chef John). [2] The simplest peaches and cream: no cooking, just slice the peaches (photo © Spache The Spatula). [3] Peaches and cream mousse (photo © Chef Eric Cobb). [4] Fresh peaches, with their leaves and blossoms (photo © The Lore | Unsplash). [5] […]

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In a specialty grocer near you, you may find a colorful stack of New Zealand tamarillos (Cyphomandra betacea)—a relative of tomatoes that looks like a plum tomato, hence its original name, “tree tomato.” Tamarillo, a fruit resembling an oversized plum or a plum tomato, is native to South America, where it has long been used […]

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[1] Milk? Half-and-half? Light cream? Take your pick (photo © Pariwat Pannium | Unsplash). [2] Or, simply enjoy a tall glass of black iced coffee (photo © Peet’s Coffee). [3] Consider adding a splash of spirits (photo © Misunderstood Whiskey | Unsplash).   We’re always surprised when we see people on the street carrying iced […]

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The 148th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place on May 7, 2022—always the first Saturday in May, always at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The race is open to 20 horses, who qualified for the race by earning points on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby. The official drink of the Kentucky […]

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