TIP OF THE DAY: Olive Oil Polenta Cake

We have advocated olive oil cake before. But this is a variation with polenta (cornmeal) instead of white flour. Olive oil cake is a standard in some parts of Italy, substituting olive oil for butter as the fat. So is polenta cake, with a hearty crumb. Both are rustic, uniced cakes. When we first tried…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Popcorn & Wine Pairings

[1] Season plain popcorn however you like; there’s a wine that goes with it. Here, a low-calorie seasoning: mixed herbs (photo © Hidden Valley). [2] What wine goes with chocolate popcorn? Your favorite red! (photo © Coupons.com) [3] Go whole-hog with a pairing flight (photo © Skinnygirl).   For the Oscars on Sunday, how about…
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RECIPE: Chicken Tortolloni On Arugula

This quick and easy recipe, from Buitoni, combines two different types of their refrigerated fresh tortolloni with fresh arugula. Tortellini are larger versions of the bite-size tortellini. You can also substitute ravioli or other stuffed pasta (check out the different types of pasta). Serve it for lunch, dinner, or as a first course for dinner.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Margarita Vs. Not A Margarita

Will the real Margarita please stand up? [1] Cherry Margarita (photo courtesy Created By Diane). [2] Grape Margarita (photo courtesy California Table Grape Commission. [3] Guava Margarita (photo courtesy Chef Ingrid Hoffmann). [4] and [5] The real deal, from Casa Noble Tequila: a classic Margarita and the classic with a smoked salt rim. [6] A…
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FOOD FUN: Chicken Salad Without The Sandwich

Like chicken salad, but trying to cut back on bread? If you want to avoid the bread, croissants and wraps, there’s always a scoop of chicken salad on greens, in lettuce cups, or stuffed into a bell pepper, tomato, or avocado half. But we thought these ideas from Willow Tree Farm add allure to a…
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