TOP PICK OF THE WEEK & GIFT: Sauternes Vinegar From Oliviers & Co

Before we sing the glories of the Sauternes vinegar from Oliviers & Co (photo #1) our Top Pick Of The Week, a few words are required for those who are not familiar with Sauternes wine. Sauternes (saw-TERN) is the great sweet wine of Bordeaux—the great sweet wine of the world. It is made from the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cook With Scotch On National Scotch Day

July 27th is National Scotch Day. You know how to drink it. How about cooking with it? Although it is much more common to use wine or brandy in cooking, Scotch can offer complex character to everything from appetizers through dessert. Cooking lets you appreciate Scotch—or other whiskey—in new ways. You don’t have to use…
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FOOD FUN: Kermit Eggplant

Kermit is the name of a small, green eggplant, bred in the U.S. from the round Thai eggplant. It is also known as Garden Egg and Bitter Ball, the latter since they grow bitter the longer they are off the stalk. But some clever American, probably selling the eggplants or the seeds, gave it the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Use More Fresh Herbs

Asian cooks add basil to summer rolls. Add them to your own wraps and sandwiches. Photo courtesy Bonnie Plants.   The first week in May is National Herb Week, a time to focus on using more fresh herbs in your cooking. Fresh herbs offer tons of flavor and good nutrition with virtually no calories. The…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Stinging Nettles

Wild nettles. Photo courtesy Good Eggs | San Francisco.   If you like to scour farmers markets looking for rare seasonal delicacies, keep an eye out for stinging nettles, Urtica dioica. Now there’s a name that can get the juices flowing—or not. Some varieties have no sting or burn*; those that do can be neutralized…
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