RECIPE: Ladybugs On A Stick

Crunchy, fun and good for you. Photo courtesy California Avocado Commission.   Move over, Ants On A Log, the childhood classic made from celery-stuffed cream cheese topped with raisins. Ladybugs On A Stick have no cholesterol, the fat from avocado oil is super-healthy, and the tomatoes are lower in calories and more nutritious than raisins.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Summer Fruits & Vegetables, Part 2

Yesterday, chef Johnny Gnall highlighted new ways to serve seasonal produce. Today he discusses five more fruits and vegetables, bursting with flavor and waiting for you to pick up a pound or two. If you have questions or suggestions for tips, email Chef Johnny. OKRA Some people can get weird about okra, and with good…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Edible Centerpiece

Use a bowl or basket of heirloom tomatoes as an edible centerpiece. Heirloom tomatoes are grown from seeds of older tomato cultivars—tomatoes that tasted great. The taste disappeared from most markets in the 1950s, after seeds were developed for mass production. The tomatoes can be found in a wide variety of colors, shapes, flavors and…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Ripen Tomatoes The Right Way

Keep ‘em on the counter. Photo by Nathalie Dulex | SXC. Never put tomatoes in the refrigerator: The cold kills their delicate flavor. If you’ve used half a tomato, it’s better to keep the other half covered in plastic wrap on the counter and consume it the following day. Tomato Ripening Tips You can ripen…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Tomato Stand-Ins

When tomatoes are out of season—or you just don’t have any at hand—simply substitute roasted red peppers (pimientos) or marinated sundried tomatoes. Both are available in jars, and can be kept on your shelf ready for sandwiches, salads, plate garnishes, hors d’oeuvres, pastas and any need you have for flavor and color. Try peppadews too,…
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