FOOD HOLIDAY: Banana Split Sushi For National Banana Split Day

How should you celebrate August 25th, National Banana Split Day? There’s the tried and true banana split, of course. Classically served in a long dish, called a boat (which gives the sundae its alternative name, banana boat), the recipe is familiar to most ice cream lovers: A banana is cut in half lengthwise and set…
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FOOD 101: Sponge Cake History & Types

August 23rd is National Sponge Cake Day. It celebrates an airy cake that’s just right for summer, garnished with fresh berries and whipped cream.   THE HISTORY OF SPONGE CAKE The modern sponge cake dates to Europe in the early 19th century. Precursors were cookie-sized treats called biscuit bread and sponge fingers (a.k.a. boudoir biscuits,…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: Carpaccio For National Filet Mignon Day

August 13th is National Filet Mignon Day. Filet mignon, the most tender and expensive cut of beef, comes from the small end of the tenderloin, and accounts for less than 1% of the entire carcass of the steer. The term “filet mignon” is a French derivative, the literal meaning is small (mignon) boneless meat (filet).…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Mix Zucchini Ribbons With Pasta

When we were 10 years old, Mom planted zucchini in the backyard. We watched in awe as they multiplied faster than the brooms in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice scene from Fantasia. It wasn’t a big plot—maybe 6’ x 8’—but it produced so much zucchini, we couldn’t eat half of it, and gave the rest away. A…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Paella On The Grill

We love paella and don’t make it often enough. So when Fagor wrote to us about their paella pan and included a recipe to make it on the grill, our ears perked up. PAELLA HISTORY Paella (pronounced pie-AY-ya) originated in Valencia, a region on the Mediterranean (east) coast of Spain. It was originally a peasant…
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