FOOD HOLIDAY: National Artichoke Hearts Day

[1] Celebrate with an artichoke baked potato (photo courtesy Bonefish Grill; recipe at right). [2] The flower [not shown] grows in the center top of the globe, which grows atop a long stem (photo courtesy Frieda’s Produce). [3] It looks like celery, but these are cardoons, the ancestor of the artichoke (photo courtesy Turmeric Saffron).…
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Guacamole Recipe

What’s Irish about guacamole, the quintessential Mesoamerican sauce, we wondered as we saw the headline in the email for St. Patrick’s Day Guacamole, sent to us by the California Avocado Commission. The answer: the integration of Irish ingredients—bacon, carrots, Cheddar, onion, parsley—into conventional guacamole. The idea was developed by Sabrina Modelle of TheTomatoTart.com. Alas, conventional…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Banana Bread

[1] Banana bread with chocolate chips and nuts. We highly recommend the optional chocolate glaze in the recipe (not shown) (photo © Lulu Durand | iStock Photo). [2] Don’t want chocolate chips or nuts? How about blueberries? Here’s the recipe from Driscoll’s (photo © Driscoll’s). [3] Fancy banana bread: baked in a rectangular pan, topped…
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RECIPE: Maple Syrup Blondies & The History Of Blondies

January 22nd is National Blonde Brownie Day, and May 9th is National Butterscotch Brownie Day. Both are earlier names for a blondie. Some blondies have chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, toffee chips or an assortment. Nuts are optional. We recently received a gift of maple syrup, and were checking out our list of ways to use…
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RECIPE: Homemade Peppermint Patties

February 11th is National Peppermint Patty Day. Whip up a batch today, and make extras to hand out on Valentine’s Day. (For Valentine patties, top with heart-shaped sprinkles or Conversation Hearts.)     IS IT PATTY OR PATTIE & THE HISTORY OF PEPPERMINT PATTIES Whether it’s candy, meat or veggies, to be perfectly correct, the…
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