FOOD FUN: Hello Kitty Ice Cream Cake

Hello Kitty, whose “real” name is Kitty White, is a cartoon character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. She is a white Japanese bobtail cat with a red hair bow. From her first appearance on a vinyl coin purse in Japan in 1974 (it arrived in the U.S. in 1976), Hello Kitty exploded into a…
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RECIPE: Bake Cinnamon Crescent Rolls For National Cinnamon Crescent Day

[1] Make warm and fragrant cinnamon crescents for breakfast or brunch (photo © Taste Of Home). [2] One of the three different types of cinnamon (photo © Ben Fink from Indian Home Cooking by Suvir Saran. [3] After shaping and just before baking, croissants and other breads undergo roofing—a.k.a. final fermentation, final rise, second rise,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Ways To Use Canned Beans

Southwestern parfait with beans, yogurt or sour cream, salsa and tortilla chips. Photo courtesy Food Should Taste Good.   In the process of spring cleaning, we discovered 10 cans of beans at the back of our pantry. It had been a New Year’s resolution to eat beans—nutritious, with plenty of fiber and protein, and affordable—at…
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[OLD] NEWS: The 10 Greatest Japanese Inventions Of The 20th Century

Ramen: voted the greatest Japanese invention of the 20th century. Photo © Olga Nayashkova | Fotolia.   It may be old news, but we just came across an old Japanese survey that names instant ramen as “the greatest invention of the 20th century.” We would have passed it by, but for the the fact that…
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