TIP OF THE DAY: Chirashi Sushi At Home

Chirashi sushi: fish layered atop a bowl of rice. Photo | Dreamstime.   Making sushi rolls or nigiri—the slices of fish atop a bed of rice—takes some training and dexterity. But you don’t need the skills of a sushi chef to serve chirashi sushi at home: sliced fish arranged atop a bowl of rice. Or,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Coffee And Cheese

Pair a medium-strength cheese with a medium-roast coffee. Photo © Natalia Lisovskaya | Dreamstime.   Often there is more than one food holiday on a particular day. Rarely do we see a trio of food holidays; and January 20th is the only day we know of with four food holidays: National Buttercrunch Day, National Cheese…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Think Outside The Popcorn Box With These Alternative Popcorn Uses

Popcorn as a soup garnish. Photo courtesy Vilseskogen | Flickr.   Today is National Popcorn Day. We asked chef Johnny Gnall to come up some alternative ways to enjoy it. He fired back with: POPCORN: IT’S NOT JUST FOR MOVIE NIGHT ANYMORE. Enjoy his recipe ideas, below. If you have questions or suggestions for tips,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Try Farro, An Ancient Grain

A “leftovers” salad: farro with cooked carrots, peas and corn; diced tomatoes and ham; sliced olives and cooked yellow bell pepper. Photo © Denio Rigacci | Dreamstime.   Farro is the original wheat, one of the first cereals domesticated in the Fertile Crescent. It nurtured the population of the Mediterranean and Middle East for thousands…
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FOOD HOLIDAY & RECIPE: Hot Apple Toddy

Hot apple toddy. Photo and recipe courtesy U.S. Apple Association.   January 11th is National Hot Toddy Day; January 17th is National Hot Buttered Rum Day. The two drinks are pretty much the same thing. A toddy can be made with any spirit (brandy, rum, whiskey) while hot buttered rum is specifically a rum toddy…
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