TIP OF THE DAY: Create Excitement With Multiple Garnishes

[1] Multiple garnishes turn a piece of grilled fish into something special (photo courtesy Boutros Restaurant | Brooklyn). [2] It can be as simple as this: an appetizer of merguez sausage and shishito peppers (shown), or steamed asparagus, or scallops, etc., accented with a zigzag of one condiment and dots of another (photo courtesy Pain…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Tom Kha Gai Soup

Our neighborhood Thai restaurant closed on December 31st, victim to a(nother) heartless New York City landlord. It left us without our weekly supply of tom kha gai—and at the start of National Soup Month, no less. Tom kha gai, literally “chicken galangal soup,” is a spicy and sour hot chicken soup with coconut milk. In…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Poach Your Proteins

[1] Poaching salmon is the easiest way to enjoy moist, tender fish, without cooking fish aromas. Here’s a recipe from Cooking Light. [2] Our favorite way to make beef tenderloin is to poach it. Here’s a recipe from Martha Stewart. [3] If you make chicken in a pot, or chicken soup with pieces of chicken,…
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RECIPE: Blueberry Pineapple Salsa

A salsa with something special: blueberries! Photo courtesy BlueberryCouncil.org.   July is National Blueberry Month, and the price of the little blue nuggets should be at its lowest. In fact, experts recommend that blueberry lovers with lots of freezer space buy and freeze them to enjoy in winter. (Freezing tip: First freeze the berries in…
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