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Why is Heritage Turkey Considered the Best? (Plus recipe and menu ideas)

Why is Heritage Turkey Considered the Best? (Plus recipe and menu ideas)

What exactly is a heritage turkey? It's a naturally mating bird with a slow growth rate (taking 26-30 weeks to mature) that spends most of its long life outdoors. In a Bon Appetit taste test, the Heritage turkey won, 4 out of 5 tasters preferring the Heritage. Learn more about why these turkeys are better and tastier than commercial turkeys.

Pop Quiz About the Most Important Jewish Holidays and their Foods

Pop Quiz About the Most Important Jewish Holidays and their Foods

Much of the foods prepared and served at Jewish Holidays are symbolic of specific themes. Food, in general, in the Jewish tradition is an integral part of the religion and if themes and Laws of Kashrut (Kosher) are followed, meals become a daily ritual of reminding the observant of good and evil, right and wrong, self control and Jewish practices.

The tradition at Rosh Hashanah is to eat symbolic foods  meant to help ensure a good new year. All items appearing on the Rosh Hashanah table contain an ancient significance for happy prosperous days to come. Yom Kippur break fasts are notoriously epic — all manner of smoked fishes and delicate pastries. 

How to Cook With Herbs and Spices - The Definitive Guide

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Cooking with herbs and spices expand culinary horizons taking you to far off lands with unique flavors and traditions. Cooking becomes less tedious and more adventurous and interesting. And as comfort levels using diverse herbs and spices increase, the ability and desire to experiment and fuse the flavors and character of one ethnic tradition to another further opens the world of cooking and the joy it can produce.

And herbs and spices are believed, and in many cases proven, to impart important health benefits. We have included a listing of the specific most widely held assessments of each herb and spices' beneficial characteristics in our definitive chart of spices featured below.

And herbs and spices help you create healthier dishes. Ditch the sugar and salt and add some spice to improve and extend your lifestyle and challenge your culinary comfort zone.

Summer's Best Produce - Recipes for Peaches and Tomatoes

Summer's Best Produce - Recipes for Peaches and Tomatoes
Summer celebrates fresh and raw. We honor the incredible flavor of vegetables and fruits from the garden and orchard by serving them as crudités for appetizers and as raw accompaniments, side dishes or the main event at meals. The best  of summer, we believe, are vine ripened tomatoes and tree ripened peaches - firm but gushing with sweet liquids. The best recipe for these is pretty simple: slice and serve (maybe a little Salt and pepper on the tomato).If you decide you really must use your tomatoes or peaches in a recipe, be sure that the recipe highlights the full summer flavors and does not disguise them. Here are some recipes we believe allow these summer beauties to shine.

Fish Fillets with Asian Accents

Fish Fillets with Asian Accents
The accents of Asian spices both hot, sweet, umami, and intense are perfect for fish fillets. Some believe that nothing enhances the flavor of fish better. The recipes below are for Black Cod, Halibut, Sea Bass, and Salmon, but the firm white fish fillet is ubiquitous and fungible in Asian recipes. We have highlighted the very fresh fish that is sourced from day boats and sustainably fished by the quality fisherman supporting To-Table. Some of the more difficult spices to find are available through To-Table as well.

Spring's Triple Crown: Morel, Ramp and Fiddlehead Recipes

Spring's Triple Crown: Morel, Ramp and Fiddlehead Recipes
Nothing in the food world better indicates the coming of spring than the arrival of the wild foraged morel mushroom, the ramp (a wild leek), and th...

Mole and Other Real Cinco De Mayo recipes

Mole and Other Real Cinco De Mayo recipes
I worked for nearly two decades with really wonderful associates in Nogales, Senora. My business partners ran the factory there and I was at the fa...

Grilled Swordfish Recipe

Grilled Swordfish Recipe

Swordfish offers many health benefits, especially for people who are following low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets. It has no carbohydrates and contains essential amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids. Learn more!

Effortless Gourmet Easter Recipes

Effortless Gourmet Easter Recipes
Easter (and passover) is, for most people, one of the most important holidays, whether for religious reasons or simply to gather friends and family. The foods we all serve often are not given as much thought as the other important holidays. Here are some really simple recipes to change all that. 

Passover Recipes

Passover Recipes
All the other traditions are important, but a flavorful meal with some unique variations can make the passover seder truly special. We have some recipes that take the traditional foods to a new level. First, we think the grass fed bison, sustainably raised on the great plains of the Dakotas offers a new flavorful, healthy and environmentally friendly ingredient of traditional foods.

Corned ______?

Corned ______?
It seems on St. Patrick's Day, everyone thinks of corned beef and cabbage. It is simple and perhaps more interesting to consider corned meats, such as bison brisket, elk brisket or wild boar shoulder in lieu of only planning for beef. The process of corning meat only takes time (our recipe suggests 10 days) as the meat is sitting in the refrigerator and very little prep or cook time.

Time to Feast - Mardi Gras and Carnaval

Time to Feast - Mardi Gras and Carnaval
The period between Epiphany and Fat Tuesday is known as Carnival or Carnaval (the spelling in Brazil). On Ash Wednesday, all the debauchery ends and the deprivations of Lent begin. Food and feasting is a big part of the events. Canival or carnival derives from "carne" or meat and "levare" or remove. In other words, feast and party hard until you give it all up for Lent. In the US, we of course think of the celebration as Mardi Gras.