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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TIP OF THE DAY: Mediterranean Food For Labor Day & A Mezze Buffet

Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers*, and an all-American cookout is traditionally on the menu? But what if you decided instead to observe the cuisine of laborers elsewhere? Most of us have a Labor Day grilling routine. We decided to try a different grilling menu, focusing on a sure-to-delight…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Larb, The National Dish Of Laos

[1] A Thai fusion larb salad, here with red California grapes. The salad sits on a bed of jasmine rice (photo © Grapes From California). [2] Larb can be mixed in a bowl or served in separate ingredients on a plate (photo CC BY 2.0). [3] Fusion: larb in lettuce cups (photo © SunBasket). [4]…
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RECIPE: California Avocado Summer Rolls

We love these summer rolls from the California Avocado Commission. It is adapted from Thai summer roll recipes. Made with gluten-free rice paper, rice noodles, lettuce and pickled vegetables, it is light and refreshing: great summer fare. You can make a lunch of them, snack on them, or serve them with summer drinks: iced tea,…
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