FOOD HISTORY: Whipped Cream

May 21st is National Strawberries and Cream Day, a dish that no doubt dates to a prehistoric day at the dawn of dairying, when fresh cream was poured over the wild strawberries of summer. Milk-producing animals have been domesticated for thousands of years, long before the ancient Egyptians believed that cows and bulls were earthly…
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VALENTINE GIFT: Red Moka Pot

The classic moka pot dons a red coat. Photo courtesy IMUSA USA.   Here’s a no-calorie Valentine gift for someone who loves strong coffee: a red moka pot. You can purchase the six-cup version at Macy’s for $14.99; it also is available in pumpkin orange and cobalt blue. A three-cup version is available at Kohl’s.…
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RECIPE: Boston Cream Cheesecake

Got 35 minutes of prep time? Whip up this specialty cheesecake for National Cheesecake Day, July 30th. Boston Cream Cheesecake is a fusion of—you guessed it—Boston Cream Pie and cheesecake. So we’ll start with some food trivia: Boston Cream Pie is not a pie, but a layer cake with a pastry cream or custard filling.…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Hard Candy Day

December 19th is National Hard Candy Day. We’ve all had hard candy of some type: butterscotch, horehound drops, lemon drops, lollipops, mints, root beer barrels, sour balls and fruit flavors galore. Hard candy begins by boiling sugar and water, then adding flavors and colors. As the syrup boils, water evaporates and the sugar concentration increases.…
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