TIP OF THE DAY: Sweet Potato Chips

It’s National Potato Chip Day. Don’t celebrate with just a conventional white potato chip. Try a sweet potato chip instead. The nutritional values of white and sweet potatoes are similar. Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin A, and have a little more vitamin C and calcium; white potatoes have more iron. We’ve long…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: White Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

This is a late post. We’ve been busy baking (and consuming) a celebratory white chocolate cheesecake. That’s because today is National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day. We invited a bunch of celebrants, and they’ve just left. Here’s the recipe, served with a raspberry coulis (COO-lee, French for fruit purée). The key to deliciousness is using real…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Absinthe Day

March 5th is National Absinthe Day, celebrating a green-colored spirit made from the flowers and leaves of the wormwood herb (Artemisia absinthium). Green anise and fennel seed give absinthe its distinctive flavor. Absinthe has an anise-like flavor and a controversial past. Hey, isn’t absinthe the stuff that made Parisian writers and artists go mad in…
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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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