FOOD 101: How To Chiffonade

How to chiffonade. Photo courtesy Marichelle | Lifeflix | Flickr.   We so often recommend a chiffonade (shif-oh-NOD) garnish that we’re devoting an article to it. Chiffonade is a chopping technique in which leafy herbs or greens (basil, sage and spinach, for example) are cut into long, thin strips. Large, stackable leaves are needed—the technique…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Chop Suey Day (What Is Chop Suey?)

Many people refer to chop suey as a Chinese-American invention, like fortune cookies. But that’s a myth that keeps getting perpetuated.   CHOP SUEY HISTORY There are several myths about how chop suey was invented in the U.S. Chop Suey is actually is a prominent dish in Taishan, in the Guangdong province of southeast China.…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Fruit Compote Day

It’s National Compote Day. What’s a compote? Compote de fruits, or fruit compote, is mixed stewed fruit. Compote de pommes or compote d’abricots is a single stewed fruit (here, apples and apricots, respectively). Compote can be made from fresh or dried fruits or a combination, and can be served warm or chilled. It is a…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Agave Nectar (Agave Syrup)

Any nutritionally-aware person realizes that sugar tastes great but simply is not good for you. How about a natural sugar alternative that tastes great and is good for you? That’s agave nectar (also called agave syrup), made from the juices of the same plant that produces tequila: the blue agave. In the bottle, it looks…
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RECIPE: The New Surf And Turf

The new “surf & turf.” Photo courtesy AllenBrothers.com. What’s better than filet mignon? How about a tender filet topped with something equally delicious? Allen Brothers, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week, has topped filet mignon with lobster, mushroom and spinach-cheese stuffing—essentially using the stuffing one might put into chicken or fish filet and creating…
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