FOOD HOLIDAY: National Gazpacho Day

Gazpacho made with yellow bell peppers. Photo courtesy Chicken Fried Gourmet.   Gazpacho is a soup served chilled or room temperature and usually associated with summer, when few people desire hot soup. So why is National Gazpacho Day on December 6th? Our guess is that whoever requested the establishment of National Gazpacho Day was from…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Add Color To Thanksgiving

Surround beige foods with colorful garnishes. Photo courtesy iGourmet.   Thanksgiving can be a pretty brown-and-beige affair: turkey, gravy, potatoes, stuffing, biscuits, pumpkin and pecan pies. Only cranberry sauce and vegetables such as brussels sprouts and green beans add a splash of color. Sweet potatoes are a vibrant orange, but not every family serves them.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Soup With Salad Garnish

Here’s a new approach to “soup and salad”: a chilled soup with a salad garnish. We were inspired by this concept from Chef Scott Conant of Scarpetta restaurants in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Miami and New York City. The idea is to create a substantial garnish that contributes eye appeal and compatible flavors to the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Ingredients For Dazzling Desserts

Dessert lovers: This one’s for you. Today’s tip is adapted from an article by Ann Pietrangel on Care2.com. To get recipes attached to the tips, see the original article. Pietrangel interviewed Chicago-based pastry chef and restauranteur Malika Ameen, a Top Chef Just Desserts contestant and proprietor of By M Desserts. Ameen recommends five ingredients that…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Garnish With Dried Herbs & Spices

A sprinkle of parsley adds garnish glamour to this plate of pasta. Photo courtesy Galli Restaurant | New York City.   We love garnishing dishes with fresh herbs: We snip them onto everything from breakfast eggs to soup, salad and sandwiches to main courses and sides. But what if you don’t have any on hand?…
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