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Archive for July 29, 2011

COOKING VIDEO: Make Tortillas From Scratch


If you’ve never made fresh tortillas from scratch, you’re in for a treat.

Warm, fragrant and homemade-tasting, you can serve them as a flatbread at brunch or with a luncheon salad.

Or of course, use them in your favorite Mexican recipes.

Turn tortilla-making into a fun weekend activity for the family. It’s fun, and provides an appreciation for where food “comes from.”

Find more bread recipes in our Gourmet Bread Section.



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TIP OF THE DAY: Watermelon In Salad

Watermelon makes a salad more refreshing.
Photo © Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.


We love watermelon salad in the summer: greens or herbs with watermelon and, sometimes, feta or goat cheese.

We’ve published several watermelon salad recipes in summers past (links are at the bottom of this article). This year we present Watermelon, Tomato and Wisconsin Burrata Salad.

Burrata is a heavenly cheese: a ball of mozzarella stuffed with ricotta. Trader Joe’s is our go-to source for great burrata. If you can’t find it, use sliced mozzarella, feta or goat cheese.

This recipe was developed by Chef Brandt Evans for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board ( It serves 6-8.

Try this recipe or use your creativity to invent your own watermelon salad recipe.



Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
    Salad Ingredients

  • 4 medium vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 6 cups red or mixture of yellow and red watermelon
  • 1 small English cucumber, peeled and sliced 1/3-inch thick
  • 1 cup burrata cheese, sliced

    1. Whisk vinaigrette ingredients in small bowl. Set aside.
    2. Toss salad ingredients in large bowl. Drizzle desired amount of vinaigrette over salad and gently retoss.

    More Watermelon Salad Recipes
    Caprese Salad With Watermelon
    Watermelon Salad With Thai Basil & Feta Cheese
    Watermelon Salad With Tomatoes & Chives
    Watermelon History & More Watermelon Recipes


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    FOOD HOLIDAY: Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day

    This one’s a bit quirky.

    Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day is a “food holiday” for which one purchases cheese and “sacrifices” it to a mouse trap, in order to rid one’s home of mice.

    It sounds like a 19th-century British holiday to us, but we can’t find any knowledgeable references—just greeting cards to mark the occasion (see the photo).

    And the holiday doesn’t make much sense: If one’s home had unwanted mice guests, wouldn’t every day be a Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day?

    (As a side tip, peanut butter works much better than cheese. Clever mice can snitch the cheese from the trap, but they have to stick around to lick the PB.)


    Send this greeting card to celebrate the day.
    Photo courtesy


    But enough about the mice. Since we have an established holiday with only scant details—which themselves are not too relevant with today’s modern housing construction—let’s reinvent it.

    How would you/will you sacrifice some cheese today?

    We’re going to sacrifice two pounds of it for a luscious fondue. Check out 18 different cheese fondue recipe variations.

    Can’t decide what cheese to sacrifice? Check out our Cheese Glossary.


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