FOOD FUN: Heart-Shaped Crudites For Valentine’s Day

Use a cookie cutter to cut vegetables and fruits into hearts (photo © Boursin). [2] Look for red or purple fruits and veggies (photo of red Belgian endive © Melissa’s Produce). [3] Cauliflower florets in “passion” purple also belong on a Valentine cheese board. Also look for purple asparagus, bell peppers and green beans (photo…
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RECIPE: Greek Yogurt Dip & Sauce

We’ve given up trying to lose weight as a New Year’s resolution, so more than a decade ago, we decided we’d give up a different less-good-for-you food every year. These included fried foods, drinks with sugar, pizza and whole milk. Instead of every day or every week, we have them four times a year or…
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THANKSGIVING RECIPE: Sweet Potato Dip

This sweet potato dip has asian ingredients: rice wine vinegar and white miso. We like the fusion feature that welcomes people from beyond European cultures to Thanksgiving. The recipe was created for the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission by Domino Ireland of Raleigh. You can also thin it with oil and serve it as a…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Crudités On A Cutting Board

We traditionally serve cheese on a platter; sometimes on a cutting board, especially one that looks great because we’ve never used it for cutting. (The rustic look, using a well-worn cutting board like the one in the photo, doesn’t look right with our fancy decor.) Our crudités have always been arranged on a large plate,…
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FOOD FUN: Green Bean Wreath

Deck the halls with…green beans! You can serve this green bean wreath in several ways: Crudités, with raw or blanched fresh green beans and a bowl of dip in the center. Salad, raw or blanched, tossed in vinaigrette. Steamed, and tossed with salted butter and fresh herbs (basil, dill, parsley).   RECIPE: GREEN BEAN SALAD…
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