TIP OF THE DAY: Savory Jam

Savory jams. From top, clockwise: tomato jam, garlic jelly, onion jam and pepper jelly. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.   Jam is a preserve of crushed whole fruit, boiled with sugar into a sweet spread. The use of jam to describe a food dates at least from the 1730s, and probably derives from…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Candied Chestnuts

Let us at them! Photo of marrons glacés courtesy PasticceriaCucinella.it.   Oh, do we love marrons glacés, candied chestnuts. They have been a favorite confection from our first childhood bite, atop a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a fancy silver dish in the tea room of a long-departed department store. Then, relatives visiting France…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Asian Pears

In the spring, when the blossoms fall from the Asian pear trees, the nascent pears are the size of peas. Now, at harvest time, many are as large as croquet balls, some varieties the size of softballs (and yet low in calories—about 50 per 4 ounces). If you see a red and white Subarashii Kudamono,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Fresh Lychees

A peeled lychee. Photo courtesy Baldor Food.   Lychee is a a tropical evergreen fruit tree native to southern China. The evergreen grows wild in southern China, northern Vietnam and Cambodia, although there is evidence that it has been cultivated since around 2000 B.C.E. Today it grows throughout southeast Asia, notably in southern Japan, India,…
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