TIP OF THE DAY: Make A Gratin

Americans love melted cheese: on burgers, nachos, pizza, sandwiches, in fondue and queso dips. On the elegant end of the melted cheese menu is a gratin (grah-TAH, although Americans say GRAH-tin), a casserole that is topped with seasoned breadcrumbs and cheese, which is browned. Potatoes au gratin is a popular rendition, but your favorite vegetables…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Mushroom Toast

[1] Mushroom toast. Serve it any time of the day, including with a leisurely glass of wine or beer (photo courtesy Edwards Dessert Kitchen). [2] A wealth of mushrooms from which to choose (photo courtesy Good Eggs). [3] Lobster mushrooms. If you can find them, they add color to the plate (photo courtesy Baldor Food).…
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FOOD 101: Wild Rice For National Wild Rice Week

The fourth week in September is National Wild Rice Week. Did you know that wild rice isn’t rice?   A COUSIN OF TRUE RICE Wild rice is a member of the Poaceae family, genus Zizania; it is a cousin to true rice, the genus Oryza. Like Orzya, it grows in in shallow water. Instead of…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Masala Chai Concentrate

[1] A cup of chai, garnished with star anise. You can re-use one of the stars used to brew the concentrate (photo courtesy The Prairie Homestead). [2] A hearty masala chai spice blend (photo courtesy Spice Station). [3] Enjoy your Indian tea in an elephant tea pot (alas, this one from Houzz is no longer…
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WINE: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, A Great Red Wine From Provence

A few weeks ago, we received a pitch promoting particular wines for International Châteauneuf du Pape day, held on the third Friday in September (today). It inspired us to write about the wine, one of our favorite reds. In France, wines are named after their communes (think village or county), departments (think state) or regions.…
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