RECIPE: Crab Stuffed Flounder

Crab-stuffed flounder is actually easy to make. Photo and recipe courtesy Westside Market | New York City.   February 18th is National Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day. The recipe is easy to make, and gives the appearance of a “fancy” preparation. You can stuff any white fish filet with crab meat. Before buying crab, note that there…
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TIP: Soup As A Main Course

Add enough protein to a lentil or bean soup and you’ve got a main course. Ham and sausage pair deliciously with beans and legumes. Photo courtesy McCormick.   As we published the post below, for acorn squash soup with gnocchi, we thought about soup as a main course. To turn a first course into a…
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RECIPE: Acorn Squash Soup & Sauteed Gnocchi

Acorn squash soup with gnocchi and a garnish of dried cranberries, Brussels sprouts leaves and crème fraîche. Photo courtesy Giovanni Rana.   Italians are known for combining pasta and soup: minestrone, pasta e fagiole (pasta and bean soup) and pasta in brodo (chicken broth with pasta) are classics. Here’s an even fancier creation from pasta…
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PRESIDENTS DAY: More Favorite Foods Of The Presidents

Our 40th president was fond of chocolate mousse. Photo courtesy Nescafe.   Having just discussed the food preferences of Washington and Lincoln, here are more recent presidential favorites, courtesy of FoodTimeline.org: Eisenhower enjoyed stews and was a staunch meat eater, which was typical for his time. He knew how to cook, and liked to make…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Simple Syrup Recipe

Why buy it when it’s so easy to make? (Photo courtesy Stirrings.)   Granulated sugar does not dissolve easily in cold beverages. Simple syrup (also called bar syrup, sugar syrup or gomme, the French word for gum) makes it easy to add sweetness to drinks—cocktails, iced tea or iced coffee. Some people use superfine sugar…
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