TIP OF THE DAY: Olive Oil Polenta Cake

We have advocated olive oil cake before. But this is a variation with polenta (cornmeal) instead of white flour. Olive oil cake is a standard in some parts of Italy, substituting olive oil for butter as the fat. So is polenta cake, with a hearty crumb. Both are rustic, uniced cakes. When we first tried…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Add Cauliflower To Mashed Potatoes

If you’re working on a special mashed potatoes recipe for the holidays—or simply enjoy them on a regular basis—we present this mashup: a blend of mashed potatoes and cauliflower. This combination has long been recommended for better family eating. Cauliflower adds moisture to mashed potatoes, so they can be rewarmed on the stove without drying…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Herb Salad

An herb salad hits the spot. Photo by Katharine Pollak | THE NIBBLE.   Even if you’re not in the practice of serving a large green salad with dinner, a small herb salad is an easy way to have a few greens that don’t need a heavy dressing. It goes well with any protein.  …
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RECIPE: Savory Cheesecake

[1] Nacho cheesecake (photo courtesy TasteOfHome.com). [2] A no-bake savory basil cheesecake (photos courtesy Eat Wisconsin Cheese).   What’s a savory cheesecake? Using a base of cream cheese—just like dessert cheesecake—it’s a nonsweet cheesecake that combines savory ingredients: herbs, vegetables, seafood and/or other cheeses. A savory cheesecake: Can be a spread for party bread and…
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RECIPE: Watermelon Salad With Thai Basil & Feta Cheese

[1] A refreshing watermelon and strawberry salad with feta or goat cheese (photo courtesy Murray’s Cheese). [2] Yellow watermelon is a special treat (photo courtesy DP Seeds). [3] Greek feta is the best: no overly salty like others (photo courtesy Murray’s Cheese).   Watermelon is the juiciest of melons, with a very appropriate name given…
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