FOOD 101: Butter Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Shortbread ~ The Difference

July 9th is National Sugar Cookie Day. Don’t all cookies have sugar? Yes. But look at three basic cookies types. All are made with sugar (or sugar substitute), plus fat (butter, margarine, oil) and flour, and there are distinct differences. It’s the ratio of ingredients and the preparation instructions that determine the cookie’s texture (chewy,…
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RECIPE: Ceviche & Lettuce Cups

[1] Ceviche in lettuce cups (photo courtesy The Chalk Board Magazine). [2] Want something more substantial? Fill an avocado half: Here’s the recipe (photo courtesy Avocados From Mexico). [3] Want something more elegant? Get out your Martini glasses (photo courtesy Elegant Affairs Caterers). [4] Ceviche with a fried plantain garnish from Chef Todd English |…
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FOOD FUN: Decorated Goat Cheese

All you need is a sharp knife and a peeler or mandoline to decorate goat cheese logs the way John Karangis does. Karangis is the executive chef at Union Square Events, and his job is to present dazzling foods. Yet, this particular dazzler does not require culinary school. Here’s all you need: RECIPE: DECORATED GOAT…
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