TIP OF THE DAY: Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes get a lot of press in the summer. July and August are the peak months to pick these most flavorful tomatoes. Are they worth the extra cost? And what exactly are heirloom tomatoes?     WHAT ARE HEIRLOOMS TOMATOES Heirloom produce—fruits and vegetables—are old varieties, typically with superior flavor, that have been bypassed…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cocktail Glass Rimmers

[1] A mezcal cocktail rimmed with a deep half rim, a blend of chipotle and black lava salt (at Olmsted | Brooklyn). [2] A full rim covering just the top of the glass, with two different seasonings: half salt, half Tajin (at Alma Cocina Latina | Baltimore). [3] A Thai Margarita rimmed with a blend…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Herb & Spice Grinders

Some recipes instruct you to grind herbs or spices. In our grandmother’s day, that meant using a mortar and pestle. In our mother’s day, it meant using the coffee grinder for herbs and spices. Mom, a purist, had a second grinder for that purpose. Other folks had to first grind uncooked rice in their coffee…
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