TIP OF THE DAY: Cut The Calories In Thai Iced Tea & Thai Iced Coffee

The milky swirl of Thai iced tea or coffee is a visual treat (photo © Wife Mama Foodie). Sometimes the sweetened condensed milk is layered on top (photo © Hella Good). [3] Want to make your own sweetened condensed milk? Here’s the recipe (photo © Gluten Free On A Shoestring).   June is National Tea…
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FOOD FUN: Naked Easter Cake With Chocolate Nest

We had never heard of naked cake when, in our first apartment, we began to bake Easter cakes. For years, we had a Nordicware lamb-shape cake mold. We baked a chocolate cake (a black sheep, as it were), frosted it in vanilla, and covered it with white flaked coconut. One year, we outgrew the lamb,…
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RECIPE: Melba Toast Recipes & History For National Melba Toast Day

[1] Melba toast and olive tapenade. Here’s the recipe from Sprinkles & Sprouts (photo © Sprinkles & Sprouts). [2] Chicken liver paté and Melba toast, with a dab of marmalade. recipeHere’s the recipe from Drizzle And Drip (photo © Drizzle And Dip). [3] Salmon tartare and melba toast. Here’s the recipe from Olive Magazine. Crackers…
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FOOD 101: Vanilla Vs. French Vanilla

A reader writes: What’s the difference between vanilla and French vanilla? Simply this: Vanilla is the flavoring made from the vanilla bean Vanilla beans themselves are identified in the trade by origin: Indonesian, Madagascar (Bourbon), Mexican, Tahitian, etc. (see the different types (origins) of vanilla beans). Vanilla ice cream without eggs is called Philadelphia-style ice…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Can You Substitute Kosher Salt Or Sea Salt For Table Salt?

While salt can be ground into fine, medium or coarse textures, table salt (top) is always a fine grain, kosher salt (center) a coarser, flat grain, and sea salt anything from finely ground to naturally extra-coarse (bottom photo shows medium-coarse). Photo courtesy Saltworks.us.   Certain recipes specify kosher salt or sea salt instead of table…
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