TIP OF THE DAY: How To Tell If A Pear Is Ripe…& Ways To Serve Pears

World Pear Day is December 8th. Pears are one of the few fruits that don’t ripen successfully on the tree. They’re picked when they have reached full size, but before the onset of ripening. It sounds simple: To test if a pear is ripe, apply gentle pressure to the neck area (photo #1). If it…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Rum Raisin Ice Cream

Rum Raisin ice cream is typically a holiday special in American grocery stores, although it’s delicious year-round. Raisins are plumped up with rum and mixed into vanilla ice cream. But if you buy a commercial brand, you’re more likely to get raisins plumped in rum flavor instead of alcohol. And that doesn’t produce much rum…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Balkan Bites Bureks

Sometimes the food adventure takes you to new countries and new cuisines. You may discover new must-have favorites. That’s what happened to us with bureks (BOO-rek, also spelled börek and other variations), when we discovered Balkan Bites, a New York-based family business that bakes bureks from generations-old recipes handed down from great-great grandmothers in Albania.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Know Your Balsamic Vinegar (It’s Balsamic Vinegar Of Modena Day)

[1] Two types of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena you should know: regular and invecchiato, which is aged in barrels for three years or more (all photos © Balsamic Vinegar Of Modena). [2] There are several uses for balsamic below, but one you might not have thought of is on ice cream! [3] The EU’s Protected…
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Pumpkin Gnocchi Recipe With Butter Sage Sauce For National Gnocchi Day

The 29th of every month is National Gnocchi Day—in Argentina, where it’s spelled ñoqui, but pronounced the same as the Italian word, NYOH-kee). People all over the country get together on the same day every month, at home or at restaurants—to eat gnocchi. A nice idea: We just may start it in our own home.…
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