Basket with tomatoes on a old table

Food Focus: Tomatoes

In my house, we look forward to tomato season all year. We rush to farmers markets and produce stands in the summer, eagerly awaiting the sight of red, yellow, orange and pink tomatoes to take center stage in our everyday cooking. It’s fun to see the colorful heirloom tomatoes on the counter, and sometimes I don’t want to use them because they look so beautiful. Some have stripes, some have weird ridges and bumps, but they all have that perfectly tart and sweet, juicy flavor we all love.

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Duff Goldman Drink Mixer

Duff Goldman Drink Mixer Giveaway Winner Announced

Thank you for all the wonderful comments on the Drink Mixer Giveaway over the past few weeks! We are excited to be able to share this heritage product with you, especially the big Triple Spindle Drink Mixer HMD400 signed by celebrity chef and reality TV star Duff Goldman. (Thanks, Duff!) The randomly chosen reader who is the lucky winner of the Hamilton Beach Commercial Triple Spindle Drink Mixer signed by Duff Goldman is…

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Food Focus: Types of Lettuce

Food Focus: Types of Lettuce

Lettuce has become more than an afterthought in a side salad. Now, most supermarkets carry a dozen or so different kinds of lettuce and greens, offering a variety of flavors and opportunities to make lettuce new, different and exciting. Here are some of our standbys, our new favorites and a few greens that we like to use occasionally in place of lettuce. What are your favorite lettuce varieties? Let us know in the…

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Cilantro Compound Butter

Cilantro Compound Butter

Compound butter sounds like something fancy that would take a long time to make, something you might bring out for special occasions or holidays or when you host your best friend’s baby shower. It doesn’t sound like something you might prepare for a family dinner on a weeknight or when the baby is crying and the dog won’t leave the kitchen. Compound butter just sounds like work.

The truth is, compound butter is incredibly easy and…

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Happy National Ice Cream Soda Day!

Happy National Ice Cream Soda Day!

We posted recently about the Black Cow, an ice cream soda made with vanilla ice cream and root beer, but we don’t want to stop there. Today is National Ice Cream Soda Day in the United States, a day that brings back happy memories from our teenage years at the soda fountain or diner. To honor this beloved pastime of combining ice cream with soda water and syrup, we pulled together these fantastic recipes from around the web that are sure to make you smile.

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