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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RECIPE: Greek-Style Grilled Lamb Loin Chops With Bread Salad

We’re putting something special on the grill for Father’s Day: lamb chops. This Greek-accented lamb chops recipe is from Chef Curtis Stone’s new book, What’s For Dinner, which focuses on easy-to-make meals for every night of the week. Chef Stone serves his Grilled Lemon Oregano Lamb Chops with a rustic bread salad: a combination that‘s…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Grow Some Mint ~ You’ll Find Plenty Of Uses For It

Jumbo rosemary planters at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles (the white flowers are and allysum. Photo courtesy GardenSnob.com.   Last night we tried a new restaurant. At the table, folded into our napkin, was a sprig of rosemary. There was a sprig of rosemary in our water glass. The food we ordered came garnished…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Rosemary Topiary Christmas Tree

You may not have room (or the energy for) a six-foot Christmas tree. But there’s no significant space or energy requirement for a miniature topiary Christmas tree. It can sit on the dining table, your bedroom or anywhere else an 18-inch tree can perch. A topiary is a plant pruned and trimmed into a special…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Deck The Table

This tree can be eaten after the holidays. Photo courtesy of MiniatureChristmasTrees.com. Pretty topiary “Christmas trees” made of rosemary, a foot high or slightly taller, are available at florist shops and Christmas tree lots. (The one in the photo stands 18″ tall, including the festive base.) Use them to decorate tables and add fragrance to…
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