RECIPE: Almond Pancakes

Marzipan-like almond pancakes. Photo courtesy Target.   Does Mom like marzipan? Whip up some of Giada De Laurentiis’ mouth-watering almond pancakes for Mother’s Day. There’s no marzipan in the recipe, but the almond extract evokes the flavor. And you can garnish the stack with a small piece of marzipan. Light and fluffy, sweet and nutty,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Tex-Mex Queso Dip

A classic queso dip. Photo courtesy Kraft Foods.   Unlike turkey for Thanksgiving or ham and lamb for Easter, there are no “traditional” Cinco de Mayo foods. Anything Mexican or Tex-Mex goes. What is a regional holiday in Mexico commemorates the 1862 victory of a small and poorly-equipped Mexican militia led by General Ignacio Zaragoza…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cinco De Mayo Strawberries

Fresh strawberries dressed up for Cinco de Mayo. Photo courtesy Harvard Treat Boutique.   This Cinco de Mayo treat from Harvard Sweet Boutique inspired today’s tip. For snacks or desserts, dip fresh strawberries in melted chocolate and decorate in festive colors: aqua, pink, purple or lavender and yellow, for example. Start with this easy recipe…
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MOTHER’S DAY: Heart-Felt Endive Salad

Thinking ahead to Mother’s Day food, Hannah Kaminsky created this “heart-felt” salad by cutting strawberries into heart shapes and combining them with endive, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm and hemp. Don’t worry if you don’t have hemp seeds: You can substitute sesame seeds or chopped pecans. A bright, punchy, yet delicate dressing of grapefruit and…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Choose Sustainable Seafood

We were away last week on Earth Day and missed publishing this piece on sustainable seafood. But it’s important to be conscious of it every day of the year. Earth Day, initiated on April 22, 1970 and celebrated annually, is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air…
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