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CHEF WEEKLY TOP 5
December 18, 2021
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The new nutrition facts label.

Read the first significant update to the label business in over 20 years. The refreshed design and updated information will make it easier for you to make informed food choices that contribute to lifelong healthy eating habits. Become a savvy shopper because a label says a lot about health.

A feast of the seven fishes

I still think that the feast is a made-up habit by some astute fishmonger. The practice does not exist in Italy, or at least not in seven. Still, regardless of my personal beliefs, please continue with the traditional Italian-American customs because it remains a significant Christmas Eve tradition. While there are no strict rules about which seafood you need to serve, it’s a good idea to provide various options to keep guests full and satisfied. Please read my article on the topic.

Nine (9) foods that last forever, more or less.

These everyday items will last for years — sometimes decades — even after opening when stored properly. And they’ll lose very little if any, of their original quality as time passes. So think twice before tossing one of these items. If you’ve been handling it correctly, chances are it’s just fine.

The secret and questionable history of the tomato

You may have heard that tomatoes were considered poisonous by all but a few Americans until the mid-1800s. So tomato historian Andrew W. Smith set out to clarify this matter in his exhaustively researched book The Tomato in America: Early History, Culture, and Cookery.

Pignoli Christmas cookies from Nonna Giuseppa

As we begin baking our favorite holiday cookies and prepare those well-wrapped trays, consider this recipe from icon Nonna. If you don’t have a recipe with pignoli on your list, try the one listed in the link.

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