FOOD FUN: Chioggia Beets

[1] Chioggia beets, candy striped by nature (photo © Bee Raw). [2] A bowl of striped chioggia and conventional red beets (photo by Woodley Wonderworks | CC BY 2.0 License).   Some vegetables just engender a smile. For us, watermelon radish and chioggia beets are two of these, both charmingly candy striped by nature. It’s…
Continue reading “FOOD FUN: Chioggia Beets”

TIP OF THE DAY: Tataki, Plus Salmon Tataki Salad

Tataki means briefly seared. Photo of tuna tataki courtesy Haru | NYC.   Tataki, also called tosa-mi, is a Japanese style of preparing fish or meat. The protein is seared very briefly over a hot flame or in a pan, briefly marinated in rice vinegar, sliced thinly and served chilled or at room temperature. The…
Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Tataki, Plus Salmon Tataki Salad”

Tiger Figs & Fresh Fig Compote Recipe

What to look for in farmers’ markets and specialty produce stores: striped tiger figs. Or, buy them from Melissas.com. The Tiger Fig (also called Tiger Stripe fig and Candy Stripe fig) is prized as one of the most flavorful varieties in the marketplace. It is a light yellow, small to medium, pear-shaped fig with unique…
Continue reading “Tiger Figs & Fresh Fig Compote Recipe”

FOOD 101: What Is Comfort Food

Banana pudding is one of America’s favorite comfort foods. Here’s the recipe for this version. Photo by M. Sheldrake | IST.   A tweet from FoodTimeline.org sent us to the site to drill down on the origins of comfort food. According to the site, the first record in print is in the magazine section of…
Continue reading “FOOD 101: What Is Comfort Food”

TIP OF THE DAY: Tortellini En Brodo

Tortellini en brodo (often misspelled in the U.S. as tortellini in brodo) is a classic Italian dish. Some Americans call it tortellini soup. It is served as a first course—chicken broth with a few tortellini—or as a main dish packed with tortellini. It’s a cousin of dumpling and chicken soups from Jewish chicken soup with…
Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Tortellini En Brodo”