TIP OF THE DAY: Make Raclette

[1] Scraping melted raclette cheese onto the plate (photo courtesy Zuercher Cheese | Tumbler). [2] A cheese melter, used in restaurants and in homes of enthusiasts (available at Raclette Corner). [3] A home raclette grill from Swissmar, available on Amazon and elsewhere. [4] Pouring cheese from a Swissmar grill pan (photo courtesy Swissmar). [5] A…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Country-Style Ribs

The first ribs we remember were spare ribs, a childhood favorite at Chinese restaurants. Then, came barbecue joints and baby back ribs. More recently, country-style ribs have become the “it” rib; and they’re not even ribs. They’re cut into rib-like shape from a pork chop An article in The New York Times praises this inexpensive…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cassoulet & Cannellini Beans

[1] A hearty dish of cassoulet. Here’s the recipe from The New York Times. [2] This “pared down” cassoulet takes just one hour! Here’s the recipe from The View From Great Island. [3] The original cassoulet pot shape, with slanted sides. It is the source of the word “casserole.” Here’s the detailed history of cassoulet.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters

[1] Stylish Bloody Mary oyster shooters (photo Pinterest | Chowhound ). [2] The oyster is in the drink, which is garnished with the Bloody Mary’s classic celery stick (at Seviche | Louisville). [3] Decorate a serving plate for passing the shooters, with coarse salt, black, green and pink peppercorns (photo courtesy James Beard Foundation). [4]…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Black-Eyed Peas For New Year’s Day

In the American South, a New Year’s Day meal of black-eyed peas and greens, such as collards, is considered good luck. The peas symbolize coins and the greens symbolize paper money. A dish that combines both is the popular beans-and-rice combination, Hoppin’ John. Other favorites are black-eyed peas and ham, the peas often combined with…
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