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Why Tapas Is Popular

The Spanish tradition has become an American favorite Call it finger food, canapes, or the Spanish version of dim sum. Tapas, the perfect bites served on three or four small dishes provide a taste sampling that many people savor. From shrimp and scallop seviche to Cuban-style pork shoulder to homemade gnocchi, these small dishes deliver …

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Why Italian Food Is Popular

Comfort food, yes, but it’s healthy, too! From osso bucco to pizza, Italians foods from both the northern and southern regions continue to attract and appeal to the California diner. In 2013, Zagat published a study about Americans’ love for pasta, a staple of Italian cuisine. The study found 44 percent of those surveyed said …

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Mixed Nuts | Add Texture and Flavor to Your Dishes

The Just Catering guide to nuts  Adding nuts to a dish adds texture and flavor. Here we profile some nuts (e.g., pine nuts, pistachio nuts, almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts) that can distinguish any dish. Their composition includes protein, carbohydrate, and fat. Nuts add a much-needed crunch for texture. Almonds—You can almonds …

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Spice It Up

The Just Catering Guide to Herbs and Spices, Part 1 How well do you know your spices? Some lend an earthiness and warmth, some are fiery, and some soothe. Here we point up some well-known and lesser-known spices and how best to use them. Allspice—Allspice, the fruit of the allspice tree, gives off a hint …

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