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Happy Caesar Salad Day (and 4th of July)

July 3, 2014

July 4th is National Caesar Salad Day. This day will probably get lost in the shuffle as most people will be celebrating America’s independence by throwing everything imaginable on the grill. Since you already have the BBQ fired up for the 4th of July, reserve a little space on the grill to make a “Grilled …

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Ingredient Spotlight: Eggplant

June 28, 2014

Eggplants (aubergines) are hitting their peek season right now. There are many different varieties with different colors, flavors, sizes, and textures but the general flavor profile leans towards mild, earthy, and musty. The best way to cook them is with a little olive oil and an aggressive dry heat. Some eggplant varieties have an unpleasant …

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Sweet Corn Season

June 23, 2014

It’s the start of summer and that means it’s sweet corn season. Native to the Americas, corn is turned into cornmeal, dried for popping, or used fresh in lots of different recipes. Save the husks for wrapping foods such as fish and tamales for steaming, baking or grilling. Get your orders in, prepare your menus …

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Artisanal Chocolate

June 18, 2014

Artisanal chocolatiers are all the rage right now and are worth seeking out. Small batch chocolate producers are sourcing premium cacao beans from exclusive designations all around the world. This chocolate tends to be more expensive and harder to procure then commercially produced chocolate, but the excellent quality makes it worth it. The flavor is …

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Squash Blossoms- To Stuff, Or To Be Stuffed

June 13, 2014

Squash blossoms are around right now so grab them quick, they have a brief season and a short shelf life. In Italy you see them in every market and on every menu starting in the spring. In the states you will typically only see them at the farmers markets starting in late spring/ early summer …

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Sriracha Alternatives

June 10, 2014

With the politics of the popular condiment Sriracha, it’s time to search for something new. These sauces are great on their own but an example of what they can enhance are marinades, vinaigrettes/ dressings, aïoli, or Crème Fraîche. If you want to explore similar sriracha sauces, here are some alternatives: Sambal- Medium spicy with a great balance …

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