FOOD 101: Ceviche Vs. Tiradito

When you live in a ceviche culture, what do you do for something new? Ceviche, raw seafood marinated in lime juice with onions and other vegetables, is the national dish of Peru—and our favorite food. While the variations in ceviche recipes seem never-ending—there’s a seeming infinite combination of seafood, vegetables and marinade recipes—Peruvian chefs have…
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FOOD 101: Simits Vs. Bagels

We are so happy that simits have come into our life. This traditional Middle Eastern street food is breakfast fare or snack in Turkey and other parts of the Mediterranean and Middle East. Thanks to a Turkish family whose children moved to a simit-less New York City, simits are now baked in the area, served…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Blue & Purple Potatoes

The All Blue variety of blue potatoes. Potatoes can be blue or purple, depending on the soil in which they are grown. Photo courtesy Burpee.com.   Naturally blue and purple foods are relatively rare. Blue Foods. In the blue group are blackberries, blueberries, blue cheese, blue corn, Concord grapes, pale blue oyster mushrooms and edible…
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TIP OF THE DAY: The Difference Between Kefir & Buttermilk

“Kefir tastes like buttermilk,” writes a reader. “What’s the difference? Both are cultured beverages—meaning that probiotic bacteria cultures are added to ferment fresh milk. But the “recipes” differ significantly. For starters, kefir may contain a dozen or more different bacterial strains and yeast cultures; buttermilk typically contains only one probiotic strain: lactic acid bacteria. Kefir…
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VALENTINE’S DAY: Red Velvet Donuts ~ Baked, Not Fried

For all your Valentine—the recipe makes two dozen donuts! Photo courtesy Farmgirl Gourmet.   This recipe is courtesy of Farmgirl Gourmet, one of our favorite blogs. Author Heather Scholten, the author, is a recipe developer, food blogger and photographer. She writes: “I love whipping up deliciousness in my 100 year old kitchen. My emphasis is…
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