FOOD 101: What Is Pepperoni?

[1] An American classic: pepperoni pizza (photo courtesy Mantry). [2] Handmade pepperoni (photo courtesy DeLallo). [3] Got pepperoni? Use the extra to garnish a Bloody Mary (here with blue cheese cubes at Murray’s Cheese Bar).   September 20th is National Pepperoni Pizza Day, and we have a surprise for you: Pepperoni is a cured dry…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make A Vegetable Pie, Strudel Or Tart

Chef Jamie Oliver calls the recipe below (photo #1) a picnic pie, because it’s so easy to transport and serve at picnics or other outdoor events. Picnic season may be just past, but this recipe uses ingredients that are available year-round. With the popularity of chicken pot pie in the U.S.,   MEAT PIE HISTORY…
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TIP OF THE DAY: 20 Ways To Use Flavored / Infused Olive Oils

Basil, rosemary and other infused olive oils have a life beyond salad (photo courtesy Alta Cucina Italia). [2] Garlic olive oil with crushed red pepper and tri-color peppercorns (photo courtesy Style Craze). [3] Use olive oil and herbs as pasta sauce. Here, garlic, crushed red pepper do the trick. See the recipe from Real Simple.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pick A Better Cheese For Your Cheeseburger

September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day. That typically means a slice of supermarket American, cheddar or Swiss cheese: The same old, same old. How about some better cheese, for a change? Murray’s, a New York City cheese and specialty food store, has a separate restaurant that has fine cheeses in every course. If this is…
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RECIPE: Apple Dumplings For National Apple Dumpling Day

[1] A classic apple dumpling, decorated with pastry scraps to look like an apple. Here’s the recipe from Martha Stewart. [2] Add some ice cream, pan sauce or caramel sauce, and maybe some toasted pecans. Here’s the recipe from Jo Cooks). [3] Apple dumplings as rugelach. Rugelach was rolled with a filling, but not apple.…
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