PRODUCT: Brown Turkey Figs

A trip to the farmers market yesterday reminded us that brown turkey figs are in season (June through September). Other nice surprises were fresh lychees and okra, but our pitch today is for the figs. Figs are a “locavore” food: The fresh-picked fruit neither keeps well nor transports well. That’s why most figs on the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Spice Blends You Should Know, Part 2

Yesterday we presented the first five of the world’s 10 spice blends you should know: adobo from Mexico, chili powder from Mexico, five spice from China, garam masala from India and jerk from Jamaica. Even if you won’t be cooking with them anytime soon, you should know them: They’re popular global, popping up in fusion…
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NO-BAKE DESSERT: Mascarpone Spread & Basil Blackberries

This fresh blackberry dessert is sophisticated yet so easy to make and serve. A tub of mascarpone turns into a sophisticated spread when topped with a simple mixture of balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, blackberries and basil. Serve it with biscotti, cookies/biscuits or unsalted crackers, and guests will be asking for the recipe. This recipe is…
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