TIP OF THE DAY: Fiori di Sicilia, Fior Di Sicilia

Fior di Sicilia, an Italian essence that translates to “flower of Sicily,” was used by our friend Ruth’s mother to flavor almost everything she baked. Biscotti, brioche and sweet breads, cookies, cheesecake, angel/pound/sponge cake, pie, macarons, meringues, yellow and white cakes got the fior di sicilia treatment, especially during the holidays. Ruth’s mom no doubt…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Slab Pie

[1] You can use a standard top crust or exercise your creativity. Apple Cherry Slab Pie with a lattice top. Here’s the recipe from Taste of Home. [2] Raspberry Pecan Crumble Slab Pie (here’s the recipe) from Driscoll’s.   In the 15 years that we’ve been publishing THE NIBBLE, slab pies have been under the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener Schnitzel, Austria’s national dish. Photo © Cokemomo | 123rf.   Wiener Schnitzel (pronouced VEE-ner not WEE-ner) is the national dish of Austria and a standard of Continental cuisine. In The Sound Of Music, Maria sang that Schnitzel with noodles was “one of my favorite things.” The name means Viennese [-style] scallops, referring to the…
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DELICACY: Maatjes Herring From The North Sea

If you like the herring that comes in jars, in wine or cream sauce, we’ve got something so much better for you: nieuwe maatjes herring. Through Friday, July 3rd, New York City’s Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant is celebrating the Holland Herring Festival. For 35 years, this has been the first American tasting of…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Romanesco, Neither Broccoli Nor Cauliflower

Isn’t it beautiful? Romanesco looks like it’s been sculpted by an artist. It’s a member of the cruciferous vegetables family (Brassicaceae) that includes broccoli and cauliflower, among others. If it seems exotic, that’s because we rarely find it in U.S. markets. But romanesco grown in California is in season now. In the U.S., it’s also…
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