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    When I was a line cook at a small restaurant in Richmond, Virginia, although my station was savory, I was often called upon to come up with desserts. At the time, my fellow chefs grumbled about having to dip into the pastry side of the kitchen, but I didn’t mind. Despite my culinary school background, I didn’t have much of a repertoire when it came to sweets, but I loved thumbing through cookbooks for inspiration, and one of the first desserts I memorized was Michel Richard’s “Le KitKat” from his 2006 cookbook “Happy in the Kitchen.”

      The muffuletta is a beast of a sandwich that’s layered with an array of Italian cold cuts and cheeses. The sandwich, which is aptly pronounced “muff-foo-LOTTA,” is brimming at its bread seams and feeds multiple people. Central Grocery & Deli in New Orleans, where the muffuletta was originally created, has been attracting sandwich-lovers for over a century. If you can’t get to New Orleans, muffulettas are simple to assemble at home with the right assortment of Italian meats and cheeses!

      St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by Irish people all over the world, but there are some traditions you will only find in America. 1. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling The song is believed to be a traditional Irish folk song but was, in fact, written and composed by Americans. The song was originall…

      In the 2023 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, researchers analyzed testing data on 46,569 samples of 46 fruits and vegetables conducted by the US Department of Agriculture. Each year, a rotating list of produce is tested by USDA staffers who wash, peel or scrub fruits and vegetables …

      A salad or a cheeseburger? A fruit bowl or chocolate cake? A milkshake or a diet soda? There are many factors that determine which food you would choose, and the decision-making process is far more complicated than many of us even realize.


      Over the years, we’ve published our fair share of both banana bread and coffee cake recipes for There’s everything from classic banana bread and Nutella swirl banana bread, to carrot cake coffee cake and coffee cake in a mug. And one day it occurred to me — a mash-up between the two baked goods could quite possibly be a match made in heaven.

      We celebrate St. Joseph’s Day, March 19, in our family. St. Joseph is the patron saint of Sicily, home to my mother’s relatives. He’s credited with saving Sicily’s residents during a devastating drought when locals prayed to him for spring rain to save their crops.

      Serve taquitos on a bed of lettuce with some chopped tomatoes and a drizzle of crema or sour cream on top for a meal. Guacamole, avocado crema, and salsa are also great toppers, or use them as dips if you’re serving the taquitos as a snack or appetizer.

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