RECIPE: Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps

Pork belly lettuce wraps: a real treat! Photo courtesy Sushi Samba.   In honor of the World Cup Games in Brazil, Brazilian-Japanese fusion restaurant Sushisamba will be serving a signature dish from Chef Pedro Duarte: Kuromitsu Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps. Kuromitsu is a Japanese sugar syrup, similar to but milder than molasses. We could eat…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Bare Coconut Chips

Coconut chips are a delicious snack, but so much more. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.   The limited days of Almond Joy, Mounds, toasted coconut marshmallows are over. Coconut lovers have numerous ways to enjoy the tropical fruit. For starters, there are coconut butter, coconut flour, coconut M&Ms, coconut milk, coconut nutrition bars,…
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RECIPE: Blueberry Lemon Loaf Cake Or Red, White & Blue Lemon Loaf

To create a July 4th cake, use a smaller amount of blueberries in the top left corner, and make rows of raspberries across the rest of the cake. Photo courtesy Oh Sweet Day.   We discovered this recipe, Lemon Blueberry and White Chocolate Cream Cake, on the Colorful Harvest website. It was contributed by Fanny…
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PRODUCT: Jam For Inspector Clouseau

Jam in covert gift packaging. Photo courtesy Dept. Of Sweet Diversions.   With popular television franchises like CSI, Law & Order and NCIS, detective culture has finally seeped into specialty food. The perps (actually, they’re the good guys) moved from Europe to Los Angeles to form their artisan jam agency (“a top secret covert organization”).…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cheese Plate With Bacon

A cheese course with bacon. Photo courtesy Castello.   Thanks to Castello, a Danish producer of classic cheeses, for this cheese plate inspiration. The cheese is sliced into thin, carpaccio*-like slivers. For the cheese course, Castello used its Castello Alps Selection Classic, an Alpine-style cheese (the category of semifirm cheeses that includes Appenzeller, Gruyère, Raclette…
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