TIP OF THE DAY: How To Speed Up The Ripening Of Avocados & Bananas

[1] Almost ripe, but not quite. Stick them in the microwave! (photo © Waldemar Brandt | Unsplash). [2] Hard avocados? The microwave awaits! (photo © Erol Ahmed | Unsplash). [3] Turn your now-soft avocados into bacon-avocado-tomato crostini, delicious with a glass of wine or with an appetize Here’s the recipe (photo © Calvo Growers).  …
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FOOD 101: Avocado, Possibly America’s Favorite Fruit

[1] By far the most popular use for avocados in the U.S.: guacamole (photo © Cabo Flats | Miami). [2] We love an avocado salad with a balsamic vinaigrette (photo © Love One Today | Hass Avocado Board). [3] Elegance is having a two-tier dish (photo © Richard Sandoval Hospitality). [4] Avocado toast, luxury-style, topped…
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FOOD FUN: Chicken Salad Without The Sandwich

Like chicken salad, but trying to cut back on bread? If you want to avoid the bread, croissants and wraps, there’s always a scoop of chicken salad on greens, in lettuce cups, or stuffed into a bell pepper, tomato, or avocado half. But we thought these ideas from Willow Tree Farm add allure to a…
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FOOD FUN: Guacamole Verrine, A Layered Appetizer

We discovered this photo on the Frontier Foods blog, where it was called a torta, a word that refers to different foods in different Spanish-language countries. But we’d call it a verrine (vair-REEN). Verre is the French word for glass; verrine, which means “protective glass,” is an assortment of ingredients layered “artfully” in a small…
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RECIPE: Grilled Corn Salad

Fresh grilled corn salad. Photo courtesy QVC.   Got corn? Fresh-picked local corn has just appeared in our area. We celebrated by eating some of it raw (try it, it’s delicious), boiling some, and grilling some for this corn salad from QVC chef David Venable. David says, “I love to have a side dish that…
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