TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Ice Pops, Regular Or Diet

Cool off with minimal calories. Photo courtesy Sparkling Ice.   With record heat in many parts of the country, including ours, our thoughts ran to the different ways to cool off—without packing on the calories. So we kept making bottles of seltzer with our Soda Stream, and mixed lots of our favorite new 5-calorie Lipton…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Fresh Morel Mushrooms

Dried morel mushrooms are available year round, but there’s nothing like the splendor of fresh morels—one of the most flavorful mushrooms, earthy and woodsy. A perennial favorite of French chefs for the depth of flavor they give to almost any savory dish, morels grow wild in the woods from April through July. They are available…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Caesar Salad With A Twist

Instead of Caesar dressing with a raw egg yolk, try a poached egg. This variation also uses a long strip of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese as a form to contain the salad, and dots on a garnish of Parmigiano cream. Beautiful! Photo courtesy Payard.   We were delighted to discover this innovative Caesar salad variation at Payard…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Pasta Mama’s 26 Flavored Pastas

Pasta is one of America’s favorite foods. Yet how many of us have had flavored pasta? There is no data, but our guess is a fraction of a percent. Pasta Mamas’s aims to change that. The artisan pasta maker produces 26 flavors of pasta, plus plain and whole wheat. Available in linguine, fettuccine and papardelle,…
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COOKING VIDEO: Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce

  Frankly, we’re surprised by the number of people we meet who cook at home, yet have never made pasta sauce from scratch. A basic pasta sauce couldn’t be easier. All you need is a lidded sauce pan and a wooden or silicone spoon. The ingredients are found in the kitchen of every person who…
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