TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Truly Grass-Fed Cheddar

We have our favorite cheddar cheeses: artisan wonders like Beehive Cheddar from Utah, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar from Vermont, and Fiscalini Farmstead Cheddar from California. Our favorite “supermarket cheddar”—the 7- or 8-ounce prepacked bars found in supermarket refrigerator cases—is Cabot Cheddar, available in some 30 varieties including flavors we love, like Hot Jalapeño, Habanero, Horseradish and…
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GREAT EVENT: Kids Food Festival

Mark your calendars for The Kids Food Festival, an annual event that teaches kids and their parents the art of healthy eating in a fun, non-preachy way. Given the growth of Americans’ girth, we can never have enough opportunities to re-enforce how to make balanced food choices and create good lifelong eating habits. When kids…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Know Your Dates

The first man-made candy was a taffy-like sweet made by cave men, who dried honey into chewy pieces. But nature’s first ready-to-eat candy was the date. Figs may have been the first cultivated food (more about that below), but dates, which followed them, became the go-to candy. Wild dates are not edible, but early farmers…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Spring Asparagus

Top: Freshly cut asparagus from Baldor Food. Bottom: Three colors of asparagus from Australian Asparagus Growers.   Asparagus is our favorite harbinger of spring, along with big artichokes, fava beans, green garlic, morels, nettles, ramps and spring peas (a.k.a. English or garden peas). Once upon a time—in your mother’s, grandmother’s or great-gran’s generation, depending on…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Use The Leaves As Dishes

What’s the beautiful dish in the photo? Balsamic Brussels Sprouts, nested in a leaf from the stalk on which they grow. In French this presentation is called “en feuille” (pronounced “on FUY”–think of a very shortened “phooey”). The English translation is “in the leaf” or “in its leaf.” The Brussels sprouts in this photo were…
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