TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Maddy & Maize Artisan Flavored Popcorn

We were thrilled to receive sample bags of Maddy & Maize, small batch gourmet popcorn handmade in St. Paul, Minnesota. More accurately, we were thrilled when we tasted them. Could they be the best flavored popcorns anywhere? The line is all-natural, which means no artificial flavors and color, no HFCS, non GMO, peanut-free. And most…
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FOOD 101: French Bread, Italian Bread, The Difference

[1] A basket of baguettes, made by Hewn Bread in Chicago. Baguette is the longest French loaf. [2] Note how these French loaves are shorter than baguettes. On the top shelf, slender ficelles appear to the left of batards, which are wider than baguettes. On the lower shelf, smaller bâtons in the front are wider…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Spring Crudités

Celebrate spring with a beautiful bowl of crudités, artistically arrayed. Stroll down the produce aisle of your best market and select the most appealing veggies, looking for different colors and textures. Arrange them on a beautiful plate or in a shallow bowl, with a bowl of green hummus in the center (photo #1). SPRING VEGETABLES…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make A Spring Pie

[1] Celebrate spring with your pie crust (photo courtesy The Topless Baker). [2] This flower and leaf set has cookie cutters in multiple sizes. Get it on Amazon.   What’s a spring pie? It’s any pie that celebrates spring, which begins today. To make a pie special for spring, use flower and leaf cutouts on…
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