TIP OF THE DAY: Crown The Best Croissant…Or Anything Else

We’ll get to today’s tip in a minute or so. But here’s what inspired it. Frenchly.us is a website for Francophiles in the U.S. that covers news, arts, culture, style and all things French. Which includes food. In the past, the website sponsored a Best Baguette competition in different cities, naming some 15 finalists from…
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FOOD 101: Chile Or Chili

[1] Assorted chiles that are popular in U.S. kitchens (photo courtesy Melissa’s). [2] Cayenne chiles (photo courtesy Good Eggs).   Wild chiles have been a part of the diet in the Americas since about 7500 B.C.E. While the first chile may have been domesticated in Bolivia, the oldest known traces of have been found in…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Celtuce, Stem Lettuce

It’s a happy day when we discover a new food. We discovered celtuce [photo #1] in our local Chinatown. There are a number of fruits and vegetables in Chinese cuisine that are unfamiliar to non-Chinese Americans. They move slowly into the hands of mainstream American chefs, and then trickle down to home cooks. One of…
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