FOOD 101: French Bread, Italian Bread, The Difference

[1] A basket of baguettes, made by Hewn Bread in Chicago. Baguette is the longest French loaf. [2] Note how these French loaves are shorter than baguettes. On the top shelf, slender ficelles appear to the left of batards, which are wider than baguettes. On the lower shelf, smaller bâtons in the front are wider…
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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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RECIPE: Halloween Sangria

[1] Halloween sangria substitutes beer for wine (photo courtesy Sid Wainer). [2] What’s the difference between apple juice and apple cider? See the answer below (photo courtesy Red Jacket Orchards). [3] Orange bitters are sold next to the Angostura bitters in most supermarkets. Or, make your own with this recipe from (photo by Red Jacket…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Beurre Blanc, Beurre Noir & Beurre Noisette

Yesterday we wrote about LoveTheWild, a line of frozen fish entrées with pats of flavored butter (compound butter) that melt into a sauce. The concept of compound butter comes from French cuisine, but French butter sauces don’t stop there. Today, we take on three butter preparations that are used as sauces—sauces that you can easily…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Ice Cream Without An Ice Cream Maker

You need only four ingredients to make ice cream—and NO ice cream maker. There may be an extra ingredient, such as lemon juice with fruit flavors. Just whip the cream, fold it into the sweetened condensed milk with the other ingredients, freeze in a loaf pan and voilà, ice cream! The other ingredients are sugar…
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