PRODUCT: Aunt Nellie’s Baby Beets

We love Aunt Nellie’s beets: whole beets, sliced beets, pickled beets, Harvard beets. The company is the largest provider of jarred beets. And now, the brand has introduced Baby Whole Pickled Beets, sized just right for one bite. They’re available nationwide and a great boon to anyone who likes to make hors d’oeuvre and small…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Entertain With Tapas

Entertain with tapas: Start with a good cookbook. Photo courtesy Knopf.   Is there a tapas bar in your town? About 20 years ago, this style of eating from Spain—which consists of grazing on several smaller plates of food instead of an appetizer and a main course (like dim sum)—began to take hold in parts…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Try New Ingredients, Like Piquillo Peppers

Roasted piquillo chiles stuffed with tuna, crumbled Manchego cheese, capers, parsley and a touch of lemon juice. Photo courtesy DeLallo Foods.   Today’s tip is an easy way to expand your culinary horizons: Try a new ingredient each month (if you’re ambitious, each week). Work it into different recipes and decide if it deserves a…
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APPETIZER RECIPE: BLT & Guacamole Crostini

[1] A guacamole BLT transformed into crostini hors d’oeuvre (photo © California Avocado Commission). [2] Ready for your recipe (photo © Aldi).   What’s better than a BLT? Well, there’s a turkey BLT and our favorite, the chicken salad BLT. Guacamole can be added to any of the above. But how about turning the concept…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Your Own Olive Mix Recipe

Whether for your own home or as a gift when you visit someone else’s, consider making an olive mix recipe. Healthful and versatile, olive mixes stay in the fridge for months, ready to grab and serve with beer, red and white wine, and martinis and other cocktails. You can also use the olives as part…
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