FOOD 101: Candy History

June is National Candy Month. How much does mankind like candy and its chief ingredient, sugar or honey? Well: Our species evolved with a built-in sweet tooth.     IT STARTED WITH CAVEMEN The history of candy dates back to cavemen. A cave picture from Spain, dated to about 6000 B.C.E., shows a man scooping…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Oysters Rockefeller

[1] Many Oysters Rockefeller recipes look something like this: lots of bread crumbs, some spinach and a bacon garnish. Here’s the recipe from Tide & Thyme (photo © Tide & Thyme). [2] Some recipes add bacon and Mornay sauce, a cheese sauce variation of béchamel (photo © Arch Rock Fish). [3] Oysters Rockefeller at Bonefish…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Slab Pie

[1] You can use a standard top crust or exercise your creativity. Apple Cherry Slab Pie with a lattice top. Here’s the recipe from Taste of Home. [2] Raspberry Pecan Crumble Slab Pie (here’s the recipe) from Driscoll’s.   In the 15 years that we’ve been publishing THE NIBBLE, slab pies have been under the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Celeriac, Celery Root, A Root By Any Name

TOP PHOTO: It’s not a beauty, but you’ll be hooked by its delicious, distinctive flavor. Photo courtesy The Chef’s Garden. BOTTOM PHOTO: Use the tops as garnish and in salads, soup stocks and stir frys. Courtesy Good Eggs |San Francisco.   If you were asked to name root vegetables, you probably would overlook celery root,…
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Boston Cream Pie Recipe & History For National Boston Cream Pie Day

October 23rd is National Boston Cream Pie Day, but don’t let the name fool you. Boston Cream Pie is a cake: two layers of buttery sponge cake sandwiched with crème pâtissière (pastry cream or vanilla cream filling) or custard filling and topped with a glaze of chocolate ganache.     BOSTON CREAM PIE HISTORY The…
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