FOOD HOLIDAY: National Fruit Compote Day

It’s National Compote Day. What’s a compote? Compote de fruits, or fruit compote, is mixed stewed fruit. Compote de pommes or compote d’abricots is a single stewed fruit (here, apples and apricots, respectively). Compote can be made from fresh or dried fruits or a combination, and can be served warm or chilled. It is a…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Mandoline Slicer

[1] A mandoline makes beautiful, ultra-thin, even slices (photo courtesy Microplane). [2] Slicing perfectly even julienne carrot strips (photo courtesy Kitchen Expert).   If you don’t have a mandoline slicer, it’s time to think seriously about getting one. A mandoline (man-doe-LEEN) is a kitchen utensil that makes thin, even slices, from juliennes to crinkle-cuts and…
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RECIPE: Cherry Brownies For President’s Day

[1] Add dried cherries to your favorite brownie recipe, like this one from Frugal Foodie Mama. [2] Already have baked brownies? Press soaked dried cherries into the top (photo courtesy Alison’s Gourmet), or whip up a light film of icing to hold the cherries.   The legend of George Washington and the cherry tree was…
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FOOD FACTS: For Mayonnaise Lovers

Unlike mustard, pickles and other condiments that are essentially the same as at the time of their invention, mayonnaise evolved into something quite different. The “original” mayonnaise was a sauce served at a banquet following the 1756 Battle of Mahón, a city on the island of Minorca in the Mediterranean. The new recipe was named…
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COCKTAIL RECIPE: Mint Julep

A traditional mint julep (photo courtesy Arch Rock Fish | San Diego). [2] You don’t need silver julep glasses. A rocks glass is just fine (photo courtesy Distilled New York ).   There’s no better way to watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday than with a mint julep in your hand. A mint julep is…
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