Canned Tomato Confusion
Kemp Minifie clears it all up:

Do you get confused in the canned tomato aisle of the supermarket? I sure do. Canned tomatoes come in so many different forms—whole peeled tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, tomato purée, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, etc.—that it’s enough to drive you crazy!

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Canned Tomato Confusion

Kemp Minifie clears it all up:

Do you get confused in the canned tomato aisle of the supermarket? I sure do. Canned tomatoes come in so many different forms—whole peeled tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, tomato purée, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, etc.—that it’s enough to drive you crazy!

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It’s National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month!

Peanut butter is delicious on its own, but it’s also great at lending its creamy, crunchy nuttiness to a wide variety of dishes. With popular preparations like cookies, pies, PB&J sandwiches, puddings, and cakes, it’s hard to choose just one. But, we want you to tell us:

What’s you favorite thing to make with peanut butter?

It’s National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month!

Peanut butter is delicious on its own, but it’s also great at lending its creamy, crunchy nuttiness to a wide variety of dishes. With popular preparations like cookies, pies, PB&J sandwiches, puddings, and cakes, it’s hard to choose just one. But, we want you to tell us:

What’s you favorite thing to make with peanut butter?

Olives of the Roman Countryside

If you could fly like a bird over the campagna romana where it fades toward the hills, you would see it clothed in a broad, silvery gray cloak of olive leaves. Those trees are the pride of all Italy’s oil production.
For the ancient Italic peoples, the olive tree symbolized not only the fertility of humans and of the earth but also peace and a serene life. Thus, it easy to understand why this plant has traveled the centuries clothed in an aura of sacredness. The oil produced by its fruit was an essential food on poor tables, ever since the time of republican Rome; its oil served to light the lamps, its dregs were a good fertilizer, and its wood, considered precious, could be burned only on the altar of the gods. And the olive tree is indissolubly linked to the advance of Mediterranean civilization. In the imperial period, the tables of the Roman gourmands made a distinction between the sapid oils of Sabina and the lighter oils of Liguria¹The strong, heavy oils from Spain and North Africa were primarily used to fill lamps.

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Olives of the Roman Countryside

If you could fly like a bird over the campagna romana where it fades toward the hills, you would see it clothed in a broad, silvery gray cloak of olive leaves. Those trees are the pride of all Italy’s oil production.

For the ancient Italic peoples, the olive tree symbolized not only the fertility of humans and of the earth but also peace and a serene life. Thus, it easy to understand why this plant has traveled the centuries clothed in an aura of sacredness. The oil produced by its fruit was an essential food on poor tables, ever since the time of republican Rome; its oil served to light the lamps, its dregs were a good fertilizer, and its wood, considered precious, could be burned only on the altar of the gods. And the olive tree is indissolubly linked to the advance of Mediterranean civilization. In the imperial period, the tables of the Roman gourmands made a distinction between the sapid oils of Sabina and the lighter oils of Liguria¹The strong, heavy oils from Spain and North Africa were primarily used to fill lamps.

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10 Questions for Stanley Tucci
The actor, director, and cookbook author reveals his favorite food scenes, what it was like to play Julia Child’s husband, and his earliest food memories
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10 Questions for Stanley Tucci

The actor, director, and cookbook author reveals his favorite food scenes, what it was like to play Julia Child’s husband, and his earliest food memories

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Tell Us About Your Favorite Italian

What Italian dish do you like most? Let us know via Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook, drop us a line, or post a comment on our blog.

What Italian dish do you like most?

All About Italy
We’re celebrating all things Italian in this week’s issue of Gourmet Live. 
We have a conversation with one of Hollywood’s biggest food lovers, Stanley Tucci; regional Italian pasta, chicken, and dessert recipes; and a spotlight on amazing olive oil.
10 Questions for Stanley Tucci
A Taste of Umbria
From Rome With Love
A Tuscan Family Feast
Olives of the Roman Countryside
Eight Great Meatball Recipes
Photo: Il Duomo di Firenze (Cathedral of Florence) and Florence city skyline, Tuscany, Italy Credit: Getty Images

All About Italy

We’re celebrating all things Italian in this week’s issue of Gourmet Live

We have a conversation with one of Hollywood’s biggest food lovers, Stanley Tucci; regional Italian pasta, chicken, and dessert recipes; and a spotlight on amazing olive oil.

10 Questions for Stanley Tucci

A Taste of Umbria

From Rome With Love

A Tuscan Family Feast

Olives of the Roman Countryside

Eight Great Meatball Recipes

Photo: Il Duomo di Firenze (Cathedral of Florence) and Florence city skyline, Tuscany, Italy Credit: Getty Images

The World’s Scariest Foods
Barbecued bat anyone?

The World’s Scariest Foods

Barbecued bat anyone?

Wish we could make this Flat Zucchini Omelet for all the East Coasters who suffered through Sandy last night.
How did you fare last night?

Wish we could make this Flat Zucchini Omelet for all the East Coasters who suffered through Sandy last night.

How did you fare last night?

As the wind and rain pounds our Brooklyn windows, we fantasize about the sleepy, sunny streets of Paris.
And as we looked through our archives for anything Paris, we turned up this gem.
Ruth Reichl’s Paris Restaurant Finds

As the wind and rain pounds our Brooklyn windows, we fantasize about the sleepy, sunny streets of Paris.

And as we looked through our archives for anything Paris, we turned up this gem.

Ruth Reichl’s Paris Restaurant Finds

The Times-Picayune, of course, has good advice for East Coasters who are experiencing the first wave of Sandy’s wrath.