FOOD FUN: Pizza Portraits

Are you hungering for your portrait in pizza? Commission one from Domenico Crolla. A native of Glasgow, Scotland, where his Italian-born father Alfredo had a café, Chef Crolla graduated from the Scottish Hotel School and launched his first restaurant, a pizzeria. His next Glasgow restaurant, Italmania, became Scotland’s very first designer pizza emporium. It closed… Continue reading “FOOD FUN: Pizza Portraits”

TIP OF THE DAY: Cooking In Parchment (En Papillote)

Proteins and vegetables cook easily and mess-free in parchment pouches. Photo courtesy PaperChef.   Many of us use parchment paper to line baking sheets. But if you haven’t yet used that parchment for en papillote cooking, you’re in for a treat: less mess and fewer calories, for starters, along with juicier, moister food. Cooking en… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Cooking In Parchment (En Papillote)”

FOOD FUN: Strawberry Cake Pops

Strawberry-themed cake pops. You can use any flavor of cake that you like. Photo courtesy Bella Baker.   February 27th is National Strawberry Day. What better activity than to make these luscious strawberry cake pops from Lauryn Cohen of If you’ve never made cake pops but think they’d fit in with family and entertaining,… Continue reading “FOOD FUN: Strawberry Cake Pops”

RECIPE: Strawberry Salsa

How about something special for National Strawberry Day (February 27th): strawberry salsa. In addition to serving with tortilla chips, strawberry salsa is delicious over grilled chicken, fish or pork. This recipes was adapted from You can customize it by adding other fruits to the strawberries. Mango, grapes, pineapple, pomegranate arils and stone fruits are… Continue reading “RECIPE: Strawberry Salsa”

TIP OF THE DAY: Kumquats

Kumquats are the size of large olives. Photo courtesy White Flower Farm.   How can it be that we’ve never published a piece about the kumquat? Today’s tip remedies that oversight. Native to China and now grown throughout Southeast Asia (plus the U.S. and elsewhere), the kumquat is a tiny citrus fruit that is entirely… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Kumquats”