FOOD FUN: Red Lettuce

Last week we presented two irresistible heirloom cucumbers. This week’s noteworthy produce comprises red lettuce varieties we discovered while perusing the “produce section” on Burpee.com.     YUGOSLAVIAN RED LETTUCE Burpee calls Yugoslavian Red Lettuce “perhaps the most beauteous lettuce we’ve grown: a star selection for your salad bowl.” With bright-green cupped leaves splashed with…
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RECIPE: Negroni Cocktail

The Negroni cocktail. Photo courtesy Geof Peters | Wikimedia.   It’s time to celebrate Negroni Week. For those not immersed in cocktail culture, the Negroni is one of the classics, dating back to 1919. NEGRONI COCKTAIL HISTORY As the story goes, the cocktail was invented at the Bar Cassoni* in Florence, Italy by bartender Fosco…
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RECIPES: 1920s Cocktails, Part 2

The tall, cool Southside cocktail. Photo courtesy Tanqueray Gin.   Yesterday we presented three of the most popular cocktails of the 1920s, including the Gin Rickey, the French 75 and the Martini. Prohibition was in effect from 1920 through 1933, so Jazz Age cocktails were made with bootleg liquor. While President Woodrow Wilson vetoed the…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Butterscotch Brownie Day (a.k.a. Blondies)

May 9th is National Butterscotch Brownie Day, a bar cookie that’s a very close cousin to the blonde brownie, a.k.a. the blondie. The difference is a yellow (blonde) batter—flour, brown sugar, butter, eggs, baking powder and vanilla— as opposed to chocolate brownie batter, which adds cocoa powder or melted chocolate for a brown batter. Blondies…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: Lemon Chiffon Cake Day & Candied Peel Recipe

March 29th is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day. A recipe that isn’t seen much anymore, it was a favorite of our mother’s. She baked them in a tube pan and garnished the light, lemony slices with sliced strawberries and whipped cream.     LEMON CHIFFON CAKE HISTORY According to General Mills, the chiffon cake, invented…
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