Food and Drink

Today’s Special: Lamb with Shaved Fall Vegetables by Mark Estee of Campo

If you think of parsnips as a sweeter, more complexly flavored carrot, you’ll understand why it’s an integral part of any root veggie medley. Of course, most folks don’t think of parsnips at all. “It’s one of the most underrated vegetables, maybe in part because it looks like a carrot that went funny,” says Mark Estee, chef-owner of Campo, a […]

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Pass the Potatoes, Please!

As soon as Autumn’s chill hits the air, a little switch in my brain flips and I start to crave anything potato. Don’t get me wrong, in the warmer months I love a good grilled potato tossed with herbs and a drizzle of olive oil or a new potato salad dressed with a tangy yogurt sauce. But there’s nothing like […]

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6 Stellar Toppers for Butternut Squash Soup

Simple butternut squash soup is a perfect base for both creamy and crunchy toppers. For Simple Butternut Soup: Combine 3½ pounds cooked peeled butternut squash; 4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth; 1 cup water; and ¾ teaspoon salt in a blender. Puree until smooth. Ladle soup into 8 bowls; top with one of these finishers. SERVES 8 CALORIES 92; FAT […]

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3-Ingredient Pancakes for 1

Pancakes shouldn’t be complicated. Most recipes out there are pretty uncomplicated, in fact, and yield delicious pancakes for the whole family. To simplify things even further, this recipe only requires 3 ingredients (not including add ons like berries, butter, etc), and takes only a few minutes to throw together. Since my other half doesn’t do pancakes, I am the solo pancake […]

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Booze Blog: A Different Look at Hard Ciders

Last year, Angry Orchard, the household name for hard apple ciders, decided to release a collection of ciders that offer an exciting alternative to craft beer and wine. With a focus on tannins, acidity and sugars, the delicate blend of apple varietals challenges the way that we view traditional ciders, even those that think ciders are too sweet and syrupy. […]

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7-Eleven Expands Fresh Foods Line, Prepares Food Locally

7-Eleven: home of the Slurpee, the Big Gulp, and… a signature fall fruit blend? That’s right, folks. 7-Eleven recently added a new selection of healthy items to their Fresh Foods line, including a Thai Chicken Salad, a Pub Classic Sandwich, and a Fall Harvest Cut Fruit Blend. The Fresh Foods line itself isn’t new—in fact, it launched more than 20 […]

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Test Kitchen Playlist: Don’t talk with your ears full!

Having spent most of my adult life working in professional kitchens, I’ve come to realize that there are just some indispensables when it comes to cooking properly. Yes there’s sharp knives, quality pans, comfy shoes, an organized recipe/prep list, blah, blah, blah. But most importantly, you’ve gotta have the right jams. Cooking is fun, and the great thing about fun […]

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How to Make Mulled Wine

If you’re feeling the holiday spirit or just deep into a Game of Thrones binge, you may get the hankering for a citrusy, spiced cup of warm Mulled Wine. Mulled Wine is nothing new. In fact, it has been around for centuries and there are many different ways to make it. Some people add brandy, some people add apple cider. […]

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Edible Flowers: Marigolds

Last week I tackled Gardenias. This week, I took a look at marigolds. The Ancient Welsh used to believe that marigolds had the ability to predict the weather. If the flower blossoms were closed, a storm was said to be approaching; however, if the blossoms were blooming, they celebrated the outlook of better weather and overall happiness. No wonder the blooms are […]

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Ginger–Juice It!

Ginger… everyone’s favorite underground rhizome. It’s chock full of vitamins/nutritive benefits and has this lovely tendency to make things (sweet dishes, savory dishes, boozy beverages, not-so-boozy beverages, scented candles—you name it) more deliciously robust, fragrant, spicy, and all-around awesome. Even as a perennial ginger junkie, I especially love the root’s warming qualities as we ease into cooler weather. One of my […]

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