TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Balkan Bites Bureks

Sometimes the food adventure takes you to new countries and new cuisines. You may discover new must-have favorites. That’s what happened to us with bureks (BOO-rek, also spelled börek and other variations), when we discovered Balkan Bites, a New York-based family business that bakes bureks from generations-old recipes handed down from great-great grandmothers in Albania.…
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Easy Basic Nachos Recipe For National Nachos Day

November 6th is National Nachos Day. Some nacho lovers we know have never made nachos at home. They’re so easy that today’s tip is a basic recipe for nachos. There are links to more nacho recipes below. > The History Of Nachos     RECIPE: BASIC NACHOS Prep time is 15 minutes, cook time is…
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RECIPE: Ginger Scallion Sauce For Dumplings & Much More

[1] Spicy beef dumplings with ginger scallion sauce (photos © City Dumpling). [2] Vegetable dumplings, resplendent in their bright green wrappers. [3] If you have extra fresh ginger, pop it into a glass of club soda (photo © Jan Schone | Stock Exchange).   Last night we ordered a dumpling sampler—30 Chinese dumplings!—from a new…
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RECIPE: Vegetarian Kung Pao ‘Chicken’ For World Vegetarian Day

[1] (photos #1, #2 and #4 © Melissa’s). [2] The ingredients for Kung Pao Vegetables. Don’t be deterred by the number. [3] Chinese eggplant is not bitter like Italian eggplant, and tends to have a mild, sweet flavor (photo © Good Eggs). [4] Chinese long beans. You can substitute regular green beans (photo © Burpee).…
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FOOD FUN: Breyers Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

This may be old news to you. But until recently, we’d never seen chocolate peanut butter ice cream in our supermarket. One reason is that in our Manhattan neighborhood, the supermarkets are very small and have far less variety. In fact, our favorite “bonus” thing to do when we visit people out-of-town is to go…
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