FOOD 101: Avocado, Possibly America’s Favorite Fruit

[1] By far the most popular use for avocados in the U.S.: guacamole (photo © Cabo Flats | Miami). [2] We love an avocado salad with a balsamic vinaigrette (photo © Love One Today | Hass Avocado Board). [3] Elegance is having a two-tier dish (photo © Richard Sandoval Hospitality). [4] Avocado toast, luxury-style, topped…
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HALLOWEEN FOOD FUN: Skeleton Barware & Drink Glasses

[1] For Halloween and beyond, barware to meet all needs. Here, a carafe with a bottle of KAH blanco tequila (both photos © Pottery Barn). [2] A double old fashioned glass with a blood-red cocktail, like Satan’s Whiskers.   We’d use these glasses year-round, but they may be a very welcome substitute for fine chocolates.…
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RECIPE: Mexican Meatloaf & More Recipes For Cinco De Mayo

[1] “Mexican” Meatloaf, with south-of-the-border ingredients (photo © Pampered Chef. [2] Tortilla chips get crumbled and added to the chopped meat. But you can serve whole chips on the side—with salsa or guacamole (photo © Good Eggs. [3] Poblano (photo courtesy Rio Luna Peppers | Facebook. [4] A deep covered baker is a versatile kitchen…
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MOTHER’S DAY GIFT: Cheese Tower Instead Of A Cheese Plate

For a cheese lover, this Cheese Tower made of slate and oak is an elegant and fun alternative to a cheese plate or tray. Just place the cheese—sliced, cubed, whatever—on the layers and place it on the buffet or pass it around the table. The presentation will delight your guests. The Party Tower gives you…
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CINCO DE MAYO RECIPE: Jalapeño Pasta Bake

[1] Yummy, isn’t it? Think of it as “Mexican pasta” (photo © Go Bold With Butter). [2] Fresh rigatoni. You can use any short cut pasta; see below for choices (photo © The Baker Chick).   If you want an alternative to yesterday’s Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe, The recipe was created by Jonathan of The…
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