HALLOWEEN: Jack O’Lantern History & Macarons

Yummy jack o’ lantern macarons from Williams Sonoma. Here’s the history of macaroons and macarons. Photo courtesy Williams-Sonoma.   We love these jack o’lantern macarons, made exclusively for Williams-Sonoma by Dana’s Bakery. We asked ourself: We know the history of Halloween, but not how the jack o’lantern got its name. So we researched it, and…
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RECIPE: Pumpkin Lasagna & Pumpkin Ravioli Lasagna

Pumpkin lasagna made in a Dutch oven. Photo courtesy Williams-Sonoma.   How about a festive pumpkin lasagna for Halloween or Thanksgiving? One of the tips to enjoy a rich, hearty dish like lasagna is to serve it in smaller portions as a first course. Our friend Ruth’s Italian-American mother always served a pasta course before…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Carrot Tartare

TOP PHOTO: Carrot tartare at 11 Madison Park, served in custom-designed platters. Photo courtesy Trip Advisor. BOTTOM PHOTO: Simple but elegant carrot tartare at Restaurant Niven | The Netherlands. Photo courtesy TheLittleThings.com.   Today’s tip is an illustration of how to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Take the humble carrot. Carrot tartare is turning…
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FOOD FUN: Halloween Mummy Apples

I want my mummy! Photo courtesy Marci Coombs.   Here’s a fun Halloween treat that makes a nutritious apple even more attractive than a piece of candy. All you need are apples, gauze and candy eyes. Here’s how Marci Coombs did it. You can set the apples out in a glass bowl, use them as…
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