TIP OF THE DAY: Gourmet Ants On A Log

September 8th is National Ants On A Log Day. Most kids growing up in the 1950s or later ate them as a healthy snack: celery stalks stuffed with peanut butter (the log) topped with raisins (the ants). Our mom took a creative approach, alternating the ants with purple raisins (the boy ants) and golden raisins…
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RECIPE: Lyonnaise Salad With Bacon & Eggs

You may know Lyonnaise potatoes, sliced pan-fried potatoes and thinly sliced onions, sautéed in butter with parsley; Rosette de Lyon, a cured rosy saucisson (French pork sausage); and Lyonnaise sauce, a brown sauce for roasted or grilled meat and poultry, made with white wine, vinegar and onions. Some of our favorites from the area include…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make A Small Greek Salad

An artistic Greek salad from Stix Mediterranean Grill in New York City.   Some people love a luncheon size Greek salad. But how about as your first course? Now that beautiful tomatoes are in season, slice them up in as many ways as you can, including in a first course Greek salad. In Greece, what…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Frisée Salad With Lardons (Salade Frisée Aux Lardons)

One of our favorite salad greens, not served often enough in the U.S., is frisée (free-ZAY), curly endive that’s a member of the chicory family. In France, it is formally known as chicorée frisée. (See the different types of endive.) There are many ways to serve a salade frisée, but a universal favorite is frisée…
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RECIPE: Mango Caprese & Other Caprese Salad Variations

Mango caprese salad. Photo courtesy Murray’s Cheese Bar | New York City.   So many people we know—ourselves included—are fans of the Caprese salad. So simple but so delicious, the salad comprises slices of tomato and mozzarella with fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It’s named after the Italian island of Capri, where it…
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