FOOD 101: The World’s Oldest Foods

[1] Figs growing on the tree (photo courtesy Indoor Citrus Trees). [2] Brown turkey figs (photo courtesy Melissa’s).   For back-to-school season, we went back to “food school” to re-examine the domestication of crops. In 2006, the discovery of figs in an 11,400-year-old house near the ancient city of Jericho established figs as the world’s…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Fruit & Cheese Bites

Dried apricot and Parmesan “sandwiches.” You can sandwich almost any cheese between the fruit. Photo courtesy ParmigianoReggiano.com | FB.   Fruit and cheese is a popular dessert in Europe’s best foodie countries, including France and Italy. But you don’t need to put together a platter. We found this quick idea on the Parmigiano Reggiano Facebook…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: Gourmet Fig Recipes For National Fig Week

Fresh black mission figs with foie gras and a frisée salad. Photo courtesy BLT Steak Atlanta.   National Fig Week is the first week in November. One of the simplest desserts, enjoyed since early times, is figs with honey. It couldn’t be easier: just decide how many figs you want to serve to each person…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Mix Crudités With Green Salads

Mix it up: a green salad with crudites, figs and nuts. Photo courtesy La Tourangelle.   We were facing lot of leftover crudités—raw broccoli, cauliflower, green beans and sugar snap peas—among traditional salad ingredients like carrots, cherry tomatoes and radishes. Why is it that we normally toss the carrots, tomatoes and radishes into a green…
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