TIP OF THE DAY: Use Only Freshly Ground Pepper

Pepper has been the world’s most popular spice for some 3,000 years. It has been treasured for its ability to add a kick to bland foods and, in pre-refrigeration days, to salvage food that turned rancid. (Salt, even more popular and essential than pepper, is not a spice. See the * footnote below). Until the…
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COOKING VIDEO: Chilled Cucumber Soup Recipe

  We love elegant, chilled cucumber soup. It’s refreshing and low in calories—we use nonfat Greek yogurt instead of the whole milk yogurt and sour cream used in the video recipe. And it’s less costly to make than gazpacho. Cucumber soup is customizable in texture, from chunky to smoothie-like (you can drink the latter from…
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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Fill The Salt Shaker

Shake it up, baby. Salt and pepper shakers and rack from Tablecraft.   Need to refill the salt shaker but can’t find the funnel? Pouring directly from the box of salt can create a mess. Instead, use an envelope—preferably one of the smaller return envelopes that arrive in the mail. 1. Fill the envelope with…
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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Roast Chiles

Whether bell peppers or hot chiles, roasted fresh peppers are delicious and easy to make at home under the broiler or atop the grill. First the chiles are charred, then sweated to loosen the skin. If you’re roasting hot chiles, you’ll need protective latex gloves—the skin-tight ones that doctors wear. This prevents the capsaicin—the chemical…
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RECIPE: Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Cottage cheese makes pancakes soufflé-like. Photo courtesy Friendship Dairies.   Whether or not you’re a cottage cheese lover, give these cottage cheese pancakes a chance. They’re a favorite brunch food at THE NIBBLE. It may seem counter-intuitive, but when cottage cheese is used in pancake batter, it lends a soufflé-like fluffiness that is truly special.…
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