February 22nd is George Washington’s birthday, so per convention, we’re bringing out the cherries*. There are endless recipes for cherry pies, cakes, muffins, brownies and bars, even cookies. But our focus today is on ice cream. Alas, we are nowhere near fresh cherry season, so here are some easy-to-serve options that don’t require waiting—or turning […]

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We recently received information from Chef David Shamy of Salt Lake City, about his garlic butter (photo #2). Ways to use garlic butter follows; but first, some words about Chef Shamy’s products.     CHEF SHAMY GOURMET BUTTERS Chef Shamy’s line of compound butters, that began as homemade garlic butter, which he gave as gifts […]

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The summer bounty of ripe, sweet, juicy melons means that we’re having melon daily for breakfast (with berries, cottage cheese, yogurt, or just plain). Sharon Palmer, a nutritionist who specializes in plant-based food plans, is also a melon fan. “These fruits are not only delicious;” she says, “they are packed with hydrating fluid, fiber, vitamin […]

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Calling all olive lovers: June 1st is National Olive Day.   OLIVE HISTORY The olive history is an ancient one, following figs as the earliest domesticated fruit tree. Olives trees were native to Asia Minor. The latest findings show that the olive was first domesticated in the eastern Mediterranean basin between 8,000 and 6,000 years […]

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[1] Cut it into pieces and beat it with a hand mixer (all photos © Go Bold With Butter). [2] Pound the butter soft with a rolling pin. [3] Grate it. [4] Cut it up.   Yesterday’s tip was about how to use compound butter. What if you want to make it—or bake, or whatever—but […]

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[1] It may be familiar, but a stalk of celery can be an inspiration (photo © Good Eggs). [2] Celery salad tops a piece of grilled fish (photo © King Restaurant | New York City). [3] A Japanese take on raw celery sticks. Here’s the recipe from Bon Appetit (photo © Bon Appetit). [4] Celery […]

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[1] The large pit in the center is why apricots, cherries, peaches and plums are called stone fruits (photo © Washington State Fruit Commission). [2] Cut in half, remove the stone and dry in the heat, and you have bowl of dried apricots (photo Olha Afanasieva | iStock Photo. [3] As appetizers, sweet-and-salty roll-ups of […]

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One of our favorite snacks and colorful ingredients is bell peppers, also called sweet peppers. Bell peppers are easy to find year-round, available in green, red, yellow and orange (and at some markets, lavender, purple and white), making it easy to add color to your plate (raw, they also add crunch). But they don’t add […]

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[1] Sauerkraut with beef, burgers, hot dogs, salmon and sandwiches (photos #1 to #4 © Cleveland Kraut). [2] Beet Red Cleveland Kraut, made with red cabbage, beets and cabbage. Try it with hot dogs, meat dishes and salads paired with goat cheese. [3] Green cabbage, green bell peppers, jalapeños, leeks, red chiles, sriracha and seasonings […]

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