TIP OF THE DAY: No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Lush summer tomatoes invite a no-cook tomato sauce that delivers fresh tomato flavor. Use homegrown or farmers market tomatoes for the most vibrant taste. This no-cook sauce is also delicious on: Polenta Hot cereals like cream of wheat or rice and grits Breakfast eggs   It couldn’t be easier or faster to whip up. Thanks…
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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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