RECIPE: Luscious Steak Tartare

We love steak tartare and order it whenever we find it on the menu. We “collect” photos of creative steak tartare platings, and do our best to recreate them at home. This one (photo #1—we’re making it for New Year’s Eve) is from New York chef David Shim, of Michelin-starred Cote, a Korean steakhouse. His…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pungent Vs. Piquant Food

November 9th is Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day. What is pungent food? Pungent is one of the five tastes: bitter, salty, sweet, sour and pungent. There are different interpretations of pungent, especially in ayurveda and diets that evolved from Eastern medicines. For the purpose of the American diet, we propose that pungent food: Has…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Churn Baby Ice Cream Cups

[1] A cup of Choco Chip Cookie Dough. The sweet cream ice cream has pieces of cookie dough and a cookie dough swirl. It’s topped with a chocolate chip cookie and a fudge drizzle (all photos © Churn Baby | Casper’s Ice Cream). [2] A cup of heaven: chocolate ice cream with a peanut butter…
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HOLIDAY GIFT: Robert Lambert Fruitcake

Even if you like fruitcake, the fruitcakes from Robert Lambert will raise the bar beyond any other fruitcake you’ve had. It is fruitcake for those in the know. It has nothing to do with the mass-produced versions loaded with neon candied fruit. Robert Lambert, a cookbook author and pastry chef, is one of America’s great…
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THANKSGIVING: Chocolate Turkey Place Settings

A scrumptious two-bite chocolate turkey, delivered in a beautiful gift box from Burdick Chocolate.   For the Thanksgiving dinner table, we have long used chocolate “place settings,” a [confusing] name given to a party favor presented at each place setting [of flatware and dishes]. For many who follow this tradition, the place setting is a…
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