RECIPE: Crème Pâtissière, Pastry Cream

A cream puff stuffed with crème pâtissière, pastry cream. Photo by Stu Spivak | Wikimedia.   When we published an earlier tip for a brambleberry tart, we went to link to a recipe for crème pâtissière—pastry cream—and discovered we hadn’t published one. Zut alors! So here we remedy the situation, and also explain some of…
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FATHER’S DAY: Grilled Potato Salad With Hot Dogs

Grilled potato salad (added franks not shown). Photo courtesy McCormick.   In this recipe, we combine grilled hot dogs with grilled potato salad, and serve it as a side. So you can have a burger, chicken or other meat from the grill, and still enjoy a hot dog—mixed into the potato salad. We adapted this…
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JULY 4th: American Flag Cherry-Blueberry Pie

As American as blueberry and cherry pie. Photo courtesy Centerville Pie Company.   If you’re planning for July 4th festivities, here’s a fun food idea from Centerville Pie Company of Centerville, Massachusetts: an American flag pie. Prepare your favorite blueberry and/or cherry pie recipe. The Centerville Pie bakers fill the pie crust 3/4 with cherry…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Baking With Honey

If you love to bake but want to use less refined sugar, consider honey as a substitute. Here are tips on cooking with honey from Honey.com, the website of the National Honey Board, where you can find every type of recipe plus beekeepers in your area: SUBSTITUTING HONEY IN BAKING Honey helps enhance browning, so…
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RECIPE: Blackberry Cocktail & Brambleberries

We recently saw “branbleberry tart” on a menu. It turned out to be a blackberry-raspberry combination. Brambleberry is a British term for blackberry (Rubus fruticosa). In the U.S., it includes other members of the thorny berry genus Rubus, such as the raspberry (Rubus idaeus). It’s easy to whip up an easy brambleberry tart: Just arrange…
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