RECIPE: Fried Green Tomatoes & Savory French Toast With Tomatoes

We haven’t read the novel, Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistlestop Cafe. But in the film, while green tomatoes are fried up, we (a northerner and fan of heirloom tomatoes) missed a technical point. We didn’t realize that the green tomatoes were fried because they were not yet ripe. Plucked off the vine green (photo…
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FOOD FUN: Hand Pies Grow Up

[1] Hand pies plated as a gourmet dessert at Sirena Cocina Latina in San Diego (alas, now closed). [2] Use cutters to make prettier pies, and crimp the edges with a fork (here’s the recipe from Driscoll’s Berries). [3] A ham, brie and fig jam hand pie with grainy mustard sauce (here’s the recipe from…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Plate Decorating With Sauce

[1] These “flowers” are simply polka dots pulled together with a toothpick (see the video below; photo courtesy Gardenia | NYC). [2] Any food that isn’t made in a sauce can be decorated (photo courtesy Shalit Foods). [3] Keep your favorite sauces in the fridge, ready to squeeze (photo courtesy Pure Joy Concepts). [4] You…
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TIP OF THE DAY: 12+ Good-For-You Snacks For The New Year

Four days into the new year, we can’t stop nibbling on the empty calories. So we put this list together, as a reminder that good-for-you snacks taste good, too. These are some of our grab-and-go favorites. For the sake of brevity, we’ve left off the most obvious—fresh and dried fruits, crudités, hard-boiled eggs, hummus, lowfat/nonfat…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Baked Brie With 21+ Festive Toppings

[1] Holiday baked Brie with liqueur-accented cranberry compote, walnuts and thyme (here’s the recipe from Liren Baker of Kitchen Confidante). [2] Baked Brie with olives, recipe below (photo courtesy DeLallo). [3] Whatever bubbly you serve, Baked Brie is a delicious companion (photo of sparkling rosé from Santa Margherita). [4] Pitted, chopped olives make an already…
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