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Two Favorite Sandwiches are Celebrated in April

By Marsha Fottler - Right behind America’s favorite sandwich, the hamburger, come two other classics, the BLT and the grilled cheese sandwich. From toddlers to grown ups, these two sandwiches are made in family homes, in casual food chains and in haute restaurants all over the nation. We celebrate these two tasty sandwiches just about every day of the year, but in April we devote the whole month to the official culinary...

Easy Paleo Recipes

By Anna Dantoni - The Paleo diet is a national craze with many people adopting the plan as a weight-loss regime and then staying with it as a long-term lifestyle choice. Consequently, there are lots of new cookbooks on the market that feed into the trend. The latest is The Paleo Foodie Cookbook by Arsy Vartanian, who has a blog called Rubies and Radishes and is the author The Paleo Slow Cooker. She discovered the Paleo diet...

Glorious Gazpacho

By Herb Gardener - Botanically a fruit, but treated as a vegetable, born in the Americas but educated in Europe, the fresh tomato’s story is seldom told in the cold. As the days warm and lengthen, however, its true virtues are revealed in a soup that is the essence of seasonal enjoyment. Gazpacho is a frequent visitor to my spring and summer supper table or picnic spread. Easy to prepare, refreshing to eat, it is both light...

Doughnuts are a Food-of-the-Year for 2014

By Chef Judi Gallagher - Last year I predicated the demise of the cupcake trend and the fizzle of the whoppie pie. Their moment in the culinary spotlight has come and gone. At the time I spoke about the renaissance of doughnuts. Not just any doughnuts — these were going to be both sweet and, yes, savory. In fact I even predicted the Food Network Show, Cupcake Wars would be switching over to doughnut wars and indeed, these...

The Time Has Come – For Rum!

By Marsha Fottler - In the spirits world, infused vodka has been the big trend for the past few years. Recently, gin has made something of a comeback, but the big news right now is rum. Rum for drinking, sipping, evaluating and cooking is the trend of the moment. This trend is being linked to culinary travel with rum festivals and rum-theme cruises. And there are resorts in Jamaica, Martinique and Barbados that offer a full...

Passover Dishes for Special Diets

By Chef Judi Gallagher - As a child, I have vivid memories of gefilta fish, cold borsht with chopped cucumbers and sour cream and egg salad on matzah. That was Passover along with a few canned macaroons and lots of PB and J on plain matzah. But my memories also include my wonderful little Nana, who stood not even five-feet tall but was a giant in my eyes. Every Passover morning – a full week – she labored over...
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