RECIPE: Peach Panzanella, Just Peachy For Lunch Or Dinner

[1] Peach panzanella as a salad course and [2] a main course, with added mozzarella and prosciutto (photos courtesy Good Eggs). Fragrant ripe peaches [3] are a versatile ingredient at every meal (photos courtesy Pompeian.   August is National Peach Month, honoring the most popular stone fruit: the peach. (Other stone fruits, in the genus…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Ice Cream Toppings Beyond The Usual

Most of us use particular condiments on foods out of habit. The convention differs among countries. Americans might use steak sauce while Argentinians use chimichurri. In the U.S., it’s maple syrup that goes on top of pancakes. In Eastern Europe and elsewhere it’s jam, in the U.K. it’s golden syrup, a.k.a. light treacle, a thick,…
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RECIPE: Blueberry Pie With Purple Crust

[1] and [2] Have some fun with your pie crusts (photo courtesy Dulce Delight). [3] You can make the crust in different colors (photo courtesy Balducci’s). [4] Vermont Creamery’s European-Style Butter has 86% butterfat, compared to 80% with most supermarket brands (photo courtesy Good Eggs).   We came across this purple crust on the website…
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RECIPE: Fried Green Tomatoes & Savory French Toast With Tomatoes

We haven’t read the novel, Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistlestop Cafe. But in the film, while green tomatoes are fried up, we (a northerner and fan of heirloom tomatoes) missed a technical point. We didn’t realize that the green tomatoes were fried because they were not yet ripe. Plucked off the vine green (photo…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Summer Crudités & The History Of The Relish Tray

When we were in college, we first learned that our grandmother’s “relish tray” snacks—carrots, celery sticks, radishes, olives—could be elevated to something our friend Carolyn—who had spent her junior year abroad in Paris—called crudités. At a dinner one day, she served what we now know as an crudités plate, artfully cut and arranged. The French,…
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