RECIPE: Baked Potato Tots

Tater Tots are so beloved that the term is used generically, although it’s a trademark of Ore-Ida, which invented the little potato bites in 1953. (The story is below.) Everyone else can call them “potato tots.” These days, chefs reaching back to childhood are serving fresh-from-scratch versions. This variation, Baked Potato Tots, comes to us…
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FATHER’S DAY GIFT: Jalapeño Plant

Here’s something fun for chile-loving dads who’d like to try their hand at gardening. You can look for a jalapeño plant at your local nursery, or give Dad the “ingredients” to grow his own. Combine a packet of seeds, a planter and soil, along with some fresh jalapeños to show Dad what’s in store in…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Rabbit’s Garlic

Rabbit’s Garlic is pickled garlic in five flavors, used here a canapé garnish, in hummus-carrot and mozzarella-tomato combinations. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.   We like garlic, but wouldn’t consider ourselves to be garlic lovers. Yet, we love Rabbit’s Garlic. The picked garlic is made in five flavors, each of which can be…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Heirloom Produce Part 1, Cucumbers

Charming lemon cucumbers. Photo courtesy Burpee.com.   LEMON CUCUMBERS It’s a lemon…no, it’s a cucumber. We spotted these unusual cukes and the ones in the photo below on the Burpee Seeds website. Imagine the surprise and delight when you serve a new and different twist on an everyday vegetable. The only question with these cute…
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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Grill The Perfect Steak

Ready for the grill: a beautiful porterhouse steak from AllenBros.com.   Chef Jan Birnbaum of EPIC Roasthouse in San Francisco enjoys a good steak on the grill. In fact, he designs his cookout menus so that he can cook everything outside! Here are Chef Jan’s tips for grilling the perfect steak. 1. Don’t cook cold…
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