TIP OF THE DAY: Have An Oktoberfest Party

This story comes to us from CraftBeer.com, the website for fans of American craft beers. Prior to the advent of electricity, brewing was of necessity relegated to specific times of the year: spring and fall. In order for brewing to take place, the environment needed to offer up the right temperatures for brewing and lagering—the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: An Edible Delicata Vase

[1] Turn a delicata squash into an edible vase (photo courtesy Good Eggs). [2] An edible delicata squash vase from Olmstead | Brooklyn. [3] Domestic speck from La Quercia in Iowa. [4] Domestic prosciutto from La Quercia (photos #3 and #4 courtesy Murray’s Cheese). Prosciutto and speck look almost identical in photos. The difference is…
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FOOD FACTS: Kappa Does Not Mean Cucumber!

If you’re a sushi lover, you’ve invariably had—or at least seen—kappa maki. It’s a sushi roll (maki) filled with cucumber, and often garnished with sesame seeds. Most of us assumed that kappa is the Japanese word for cucumber. Today we discovered differently. The kappa is a well-known Japanese mythological creature, a water imp that inhabits…
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RECIPE: Soft Pumpkin Pretzels With Pumpkin

[1] Warm from the oven and ready to dip in the sweet-and-salty coating. photo courtesy GrowlersAndLace.com. [2] Be sure to use pumpkin purée, not pumpkin pie filling, which contains sugar and spices (photo courtesy Libby). [3] Libby and other brands offer organic pumpkin purée (photo courtesy Libby). [4] Enjoy the pretzels with a glass of…
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PRODUCT: Freshpet For Cats & Dogs

Before deli departments were fully incorporated into our nation’s supermarkets, many larger cities had small, independent delicatessens, typically patronized by immigrants who sought a taste of the homeland. These delis predominantly served cold cuts, typically on display in loaf or sausage form, to be sliced and served cold. For instance, bologna, now considered quintessentially American…
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