TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Opal Apples

[1] Opal apples: golden beauties (both photos courtesy Golden Sun Marketing). [2] Slice it and enjoy it, without any browning. [2] Growing in the sunshine.   The most food excitement we’ve had recently in our house is…an apple. Not just any apple, but The Opal® apple, a relatively new breed that has finely made its…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Have Some Figs For National Fig Week

[1] Honey-roasted figs are a delicious dessert. You can serve them with goat cheese or mascarpone (photo courtesy Melissa’s). Brown Turkey figs, a popular variety (photo courtesy Good Eggs). [3] Fig fondue (photo courtesy California Figs).   Figs are such a delicious fruit; but how often do you eat them? For inspiration, we have a…
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RECIPE: A Chocolate Dirt Cake Pot For National Chocolate Day

[1] A different way to enjoy chocolate on National Chocolate Day (photo The Venetian | Las Vegas). [2] Halloween-ify it with season Oreos (photo Walmart). [3] Trade the flower lollipop for chocolate spooky pops (photo Melville Candy).   October 28th is National Chocolate Day, and pastry chefs nationwide are outdoing themselves. Most of the recipes…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Salad Mashup (Your Signature Salad)

Here’s what you get when you combine three salad concepts: Cobb Salad Wedge Salad Salade Lyonnaise   It’s a Wainer Salad (photo #4). Created by the creative folks at Sid Wainer, a gourmet produce distributor, it demonstrates how you can combine favorite ingredients from different dishes to create something new. Sure, people have been substituting…
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RECIPE: Autumn Apple Spritz Cocktail

Appletinis evoke spring and summer; mulled cider is for the chilly fall and winter. In-between, how about an Apple Cider Spritz? We adapted this recipe from one from Elegant Affairs Caterers. The basic recipe is very versatile, and a lesson in the ease of substituting ingredients. Don’t have apple-flavored vodka? Use regular vodka and hard…
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