The Culinary Connoisseur

Instant Dessert

Everyone loves summertime entertaining. Whether you are enjoying a meal outdoors or at your Shabbos table, dessert is a must. But who wants to stand in the kitchen for hours?…

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Marvelous Mangoes

Known as “King of the Fruit,” more mangoes are eaten throughout the world than apples. The mango arrived in Florida in the 1830s and in California in the 1880s. Today,…

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BBQ Breads

Yes, we all grill beef, chicken and a variety of vegetables. We have even toasted hot dog buns and pita pockets on the barbecue before building the sandwich. But did…

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Man, Oh Man…icotti!

Tired of baked ziti and eggplant parmesan? Try some of our favorite dairy recipes using manicotti. This large tube-like pasta is perfect for holding cheeses, tomato sauce, vegetables and a…

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Snap-py!

Looking for great crunch and lots of flavor? Look no further than snap peas. (Bet you thought I was going to say potato chips!) Snap peas give salads and side…

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With a Cherry on Top

We all know they taste delicious, but did you know that if you suffer from arthritis or gout, cherries can be a much more potent painkiller than aspirin? Anthocyanins —…

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Big Shpritz

The food world is obsessed with sprinkles. Sprinkles are very small pieces of candy used as a decoration or to add color to desserts such as cupcakes, doughnuts or ice…

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Knish Knosh

This uniquely Jewish food arrived in America with immigrants at the very beginning of the 20th century. It was made popular by Eastern Europeans coming from the Pale of Settlement…

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Flower Food

Move over, kale! Cauliflower is the new darling of restaurants and foodies! Just as Brussels sprouts have had their day in the sun, cauliflower is now popping up on menus.…

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Mellowed Out

The original marshmallow was actually taken from the roots of the marshmallow plant and used as a remedy for sore throats. Potions and brews made of other parts of the…

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Chocolate or Not?

Some people will argue white chocolate is not actually chocolate. It certainly doesn’t look like chocolate as we know it, and it doesn’t smell like chocolate. But it is called…

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Smile and Say Cheesecake!

Here are a few tips to make your cheesecake as beautiful as those made by pros: To ensure that the cream cheese will be easy to mix, allow it to…

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Going Dutch

“Everything old is new again.” And Dutch Baby pancakes are exactly that! An old favorite that has now become the darling of food enthusiasts everywhere. A Dutch baby pancake, sometimes…

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Poke Fun

Now now, it’s not what you think! We are not about to laugh at anyone and make snide remarks. Poke (pronounced poh-keh), a raw-fish salad, is one of the new…

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Nosh on Nachos

Nachos originated in Mexico, of course, just over the border from Texas. In 1943, the wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in nearby Eagle Pass were in Mexico…

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Ice Boxed

Icebox cookies are cookies that are made from dough that has been refrigerated or frozen, usually in a log shape. The freezing or cooling makes the dough stiffer and easy…

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Making the Most of Meringue

Just because we don’t use lots of purchased products on Pesach doesn’t mean dessert is forgotten. By putting basics to work and adding a little creativity, we end our yom…

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Turn the Heat Up!

Because many of us minimize our use of processed foods on Pesach, we’re always looking to raise the bar on flavor using basic ingredients. Lately, chefs and recipe developers have…

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Great Granola

Granola is like a blank canvas. A simple base of oats and nuts plus a little oil and sweetener, and you’ve paved the way to dozens of variations on this…

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Bake Up a Storm

With Purim behind us, Pesach is just a flip of the calendar away. Time to finish up the baking ingredients in your pantry! Baking Bundt cakes is a quick and…

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