TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Mochidoki, Ice Cream-Stuffed Mochi

Like ice cream? Get ready for a [relatively] new variation: ice cream mochi (MO-chee). Mochidoki is a delightful ice cream treat—a sophisticated re-envisioning of a classic Japanese sweet made from rice dough: a dough of pounded, glutinous (but gluten-free) sweet rice flour that is steamed and kneaded until it becomes delightfully chewy and supple, with…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Cookie Spread, a.k.a. Cookie Butter

[1] The original Biscoff Spread, used for filling cookie sandwiches at Picky Palate. [2] The European name for Biscoff Spread is Speculoos (photo courtesy Dutch Shop). [3] Trader Joe’s three private label versions include original, crunchy and cocoa swirl (photo courtesy Baking Bites). [4] A favorite flavor, from Tumbador Chocolate. [5] Even health food stores…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Blood Orange Season, Sorbet & Upside-Down Cake

Blood orange season runs now through May, offering the different types of blood orange. Blood oranges are believed to have originated in either China or the Southern Mediterranean. They have been grown in Italy, Spain and elsewhere since the 18th century, and are now the principal orange grown in Italy. California is the number one…
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TIP OF THE DAY: 18 Ways To Spice Up For National Spicy Guacamole Day

November 14th is National Spicy Guacamole Day. If you don’t like heat, regular National Guacamole Day is September 16th. Most people make guacamole to taste, adding crushed red chile flakes, some hot sauce, or minced jalapeños. But you can use different types of heat, all of which provide slightly different nuances to the heat. You…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Lasagna Soup

Lasagna is one of our favorite foods, but if we make a lasagna, we eat the whole thing. Not to mention, we spend the whole day making it. If we had a slow cooker, we’d try Crockpot Lasagna. But one way to get a quick lasagna fix is ravioli lasagna, with layers of purchased ravioli…
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