COOKING VIDEO: Pea Soup With Ham Recipe

  What do do with those Easter ham leftovers: make a fresh, spring pea soup with diced ham. Peas are in season, and soup never tastes better than when made with fresh peas. Fresh pea soup (you can substitute frozen green peas) tastes brighter and more luscious than split pea soup. Just watch this video…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make A Change For Earth Day

Kermit the Frog said that it isn’t easy being green. But in one sense, at least, he’s wrong. It’s easy to be green (or greener) by making some simple lifestyle changes. Today is Earth Day, so our tip is to make the Earth a healthier place by making one change from this list: Eat fewer…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Jelly Bean Day

Jelly beans are mostly sugar. No wonder they are so popular! Photo by River Soma | THE NIBBLE.   Today is National Jelly Bean Day. It’s also the 35th anniversary of the best-known brand of jelly beans, Jelly Belly, which petitioned for the holiday.     JELLY BEAN HISTORY Many sugared confections are the ancestors…
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MOTHER’S DAY: Beautiful Chocolate

Hearts and flowers: Beautiful hand-paintedchocolates from Anna Shea, available atTheNibbleGourmetMarket.com.   Mother’s Day? It isn’t even Easter yet. True, but Mother’s Day falls a scant two weeks after Easter. You need a gift strategy. As far as gourmet chocolate goes, Anna Shea creates chocolate “haute couture”: beautiful, artisan-crafted and hand-decorated chocolate designs. This may be…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Crafts Easter Basket

This lovely “nest” basket from Williams-Sonoma is crafted out of oak moss, lavender, pink globes, white ammobium and oregano. It’s filled with 24 “robin’s eggs” that have champagne, amaretto and kirsch-flavored chocolate centers. It makes a charming centerpiece, not just for Easter but year-round. If you can’t get to a Williams-Sonoma store, head to your…
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