FOOD FUN: Good Luck Foods For The Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year starts on February 8th. It’s the Year of the Monkey. It’s also known as the Lunar New Year, since it’s based on the lunar calendar; and other Asian countries besides China celebrate it. The celebration lasts for 15 days, and is celebrated by an estimated 1.4 billion people around the world.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Egg Drop Soup

Top: Egg drop soup is known for its strands of eggs. Bottom: A fresh herb garnish—chives/green onion, cilantro or parsley—makes a big difference. Photos courtesy Good Eggs | San Francisco.   Chinese egg drop soup is a very simple concept: chicken broth with thin strands of cooked egg. The strands are created by pouring a…
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RECIPE: Peppermint Crunch Marshmallows

TOP PHOTOS: Minty marshmallow marvels for Christmas snacking. BOTTOM PHOTO: Buying peppermint candy crunch saves you the time of trying to evenly crush whole peppermints or candy canes. Photo courtesy King Arthur Flour. Photos courtesy King Arthur Flour.   To bring to a party or for homemade gifts, marshmallows are a delightful alternative to cookies.…
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FOOD FUN: Green Tea Fortune Cookie Cake

At last: an idea to repurpose the fortune cookies that so many of us acquire from Chinese food take-out. This Green Tea layer cake is made by Baked NYC, one of the most popular bakeries in New York City. The cake has three almond white cake layers, frosted and filled with green tea buttercream. You…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cranberry Popcorn Balls

The oldest popcorn known to date—actual ears of corn—was discovered in a cave in New Mexico, and carbon-dated to be more than 5,600 years old. It was not eaten as a snack food by early Americans, but was popped and then pounded into meal that was mixed with water and cooked. Fast-forward several thousand years:…
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