FOOD FUN: Peeps Dunkin’ Donuts

Peeps donuts, new this year. Photo courtesy Dunkin’ Donuts.   Why did it take so long, we wondered, as we read the press release about Dunkin’ Donuts’ new Easter donut topped with a real Peeps marshmallow chick. The yeast donut, shaped like a flower, is available in two flavors: strawberry flavored icing with pastel green…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Gakwiyo Provisions Jams & Jellies

Gakwiyo means “good food” in the Cayuga Indian language. A few years ago the Cayuga Nation, headquartered in Seneca Falls, New York, began an initiative to can and preserve the fruits and vegetables that are grown on its ancestral lands. Patti Costello, manager of the initiative, explains that her goal was to make popular foods…
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TIP OF THE DAY: April Fool—It Isn’t Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

We’re cooking up some food fun for tomorrow, April Fool’s Day. This year, it’s trompe-l’oeil food. Trompe-l’oeil (pronounced trump LOY), French for “deceive the eye”, is an art technique that creates the optical illusion that a piece of two-dimensional art exists in three dimensions. You may have seen some amazing sidewalk art that fools you…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Frisée Salad With Lardons (Salade Frisée Aux Lardons)

One of our favorite salad greens, not served often enough in the U.S., is frisée (free-ZAY), curly endive that’s a member of the chicory family. In France, it is formally known as chicorée frisée. (See the different types of endive.) There are many ways to serve a salade frisée, but a universal favorite is frisée…
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TIP OF THE DAY: The Difference Between Kefir & Buttermilk

“Kefir tastes like buttermilk,” writes a reader. “What’s the difference? Both are cultured beverages—meaning that probiotic bacteria cultures are added to ferment fresh milk. But the “recipes” differ significantly. For starters, kefir may contain a dozen or more different bacterial strains and yeast cultures; buttermilk typically contains only one probiotic strain: lactic acid bacteria. Kefir…
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