FOOD 101: Real Maple Vs. Maple Flavor

Grade A Light maple syrup (left) and Grade A Medium maple syrup. Photo courtesy Federation des Producteurs Acéricoles du Quebec.   While maple flavor can be enjoyed year-round, traditionally it’s a fall and winter flavor: We’re in prime maple season. So here’s a lesson on the difference between real maple syrup (also called pure maple…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Honey & Food Pairings

Based on the plant from which the pollen is harvested, each varietal honey has a distinctive flavor and color. Photo courtesy National Honey Board.   Mass produced “supermarket honey” is blended specifically to have a generic flavor. As with table sugar, it delivers a uniform, sweet, simple taste to consumers time after time. But raw…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Try Arrope

Arrope syrup. There’s also an arrope preserve with pumpkin (see photo below). Photo courtesy Miel de Palma.   Arrope (ah-ROE-pay), a cooking and condiment syrup, is a product that few of us have in our kitchens. Yet, if you’re a serious cook (or eater), it’s an ingredient you should know about. If your parents are…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: International Waffle Day

International Waffle Day, which originated in Sweden, is celebrated in the U.S. on March 25th. There is a separate National Waffle Day, celebrated on August 24th, that was originally created to honor the waffle iron. The net of it is, you can celebrate a waffle holiday twice a year! Prepared sweet or savory, they can…
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RECIPE: Honey For A Sore Throat Or Cough

We wish you a healthy new year; but just in case those pesky cold viruses wish you a sore throat, here are two palliatives from the National Honey Board. For centuries (if not millenia), people have used honey as a natural cough suppressant. Research conducted by Penn State College of Medicine research shows that honey…
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