TIP OF THE DAY: Breakfast Tartines

Tartine is the French word for an open-faced sandwich with a rich spread or fancy topping. The word actually refers to a slice of bread. Tartine is the French diminutive of the Old French and Middle English tarte, derived from the Late Latin torta, a type of bread*. We have a childhood recollection of a…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Savory Custard

Parmesan quiche with arugula salad: as a light lunch or a first course for dinner. Photo courtesy The Secret Menu. Here’s the recipe.   Custard is one of our favorite dishes: a symphony of cream, eggs and flavorings. Most people consider custard to be sweet—a dessert that ranges from good old American chocolate pudding to…
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Spring Salad: Asparagus & Radishes

Most of us are familiar with the crimson radish, and maybe even black radish and white radish (the shredded daikon served with sashimi). If you’re lucky, you’ve enjoyed the beauty of candy stripe radish (chioggia) and watermelon radish. But if you’re a radish lover, take a look at these heirloom radishes. We’d never seen the…
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RECIPE: Spring Salad

A delicious spring salad. Photo courtesy LearnToCook.com.   Make hay while the sun shines; ditto with the fleeting vegetables of spring. What makes this a spring salad? Seasonal ingredients, including asparagus and green peas. The recipe, from LearnToCook.com, serves 4. The warm tomato vinaigrette can be used with any green salad, any time of the…
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NEWS: White Button Mushrooms Are Not So Boring After All

White button mushrooms. Photo by Paul Cowan | BSP.   After growing up on white button mushrooms, food enthusiaists have foraged for more flavor excitement than the old standard offers. The mild-flavored classic whites, the cultivated, smooth, creamy-looking reliables found fresh at every market and—gasp—also sold canned, were sidelined by anyone with pretensions to a…
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