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Allergen-Free Desserts for the Holidays

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Winter is filled with holiday cheer, festive gatherings, and quality time spent with loved ones. While celebrations are fun, they can be tricky for those with food allergies, especially because festivities tend to be centered around food. Whether you’re going to a potluck, participating in a cookie exchange, or making a yummy recipe with loved ones, it’s important that everyone feels included. To have safe, delicious options available, here are a few of our favorite top-allergen-free desserts that everyone will...


Religious and Cultural Holidays in December

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December is a month marked by observance and celebration by several religions and cultures. In recognition of these holidays, we’re highlighting the customs and traditional foods of Hanukkah, Christmas, Yule, and Kwanzaa. Hanukkah This year, the Jewish holiday Hanukkah takes place December 7 through December 15. Hanukkah is an eight-day winter festival of lights, observed through nightly menorah candle lighting, special blessings, songs, and prayer. The holiday celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after driving out Greek...


Ideas for Holiday Leftovers

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If you’re cooking a holiday meal and are wondering what to do with leftovers, we have some interesting ideas to help you use up extra ham, beef, and turkey. Add your leftover meat to: ● Noodles: mac and cheese, tetrazzini, and lo mein ● Sandwiches: banh mi, sliders, panini, and gyro ● Soups: pho, chili, gumbo, and posole ● Tortillas: enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas, and tacos ● Rice: risotto, fried rice, and jambalaya ● Egg: frittata, quiche, and breakfast casserole ●...


What Is a Butter Board? And How to Make a Great One

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Butter boards, a new spin on charcuterie and cheese boards, are a wildly popular food trend across the world. At its core, this is exactly what it sounds like: It’s butter on a board. But there are several techniques that go into creating butter boards and boundless variations on this trend. Butter boards first went viral on social media when Justine Doiron, a recipe developer in New York who blogs as Justine Snacks, posted a video on TikTok last fall...


Rise and Dine! Enjoy a Balanced Breakfast

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At SAGE, we know balanced meals are necessary for strong academic and athletic performance. And while we’ve got you covered at lunchtime, eating a nourishing breakfast is the best way to prepare for a successful day ahead, making it arguably the most important meal of the day. A morning meal not only provides your body with energy to start the day but also helps with attention, memory, and creativity. In other words, breakfast sets you up for a productive day...


From Our Kitchen: Gluten-Free Apple Pie

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Learn how to make this fall staple at home. You can use any apples, although our Chefs recommend tart baking apples like Braeburns or Granny Smiths. If you’d prefer, the gluten-free flour can be swapped easily for regular all-purpose flour. Grab your vanilla ice cream and enjoy! Yields: 1 Pie Ingredients for Crust: 2 ½ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 sticks cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 8 tablespoons ice-cold water Crust Preparation: Step 1 Cut...


Meet Michael Chow, Helping Shape Future Leaders

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Mike Chow, Food Service Director at Crofton House School in Vancouver, British Columbia, is known for his inspiring and approachable demeanor. With over 28 years in the food service industry, he’s honed his culinary and leadership skills, but his knack for relationship-building and exceptional customer service makes him a client favorite. “Mike is a respected and well-liked member of our community, extremely easy to work with,” Crofton House Director of Finance Karen Choi said. “I appreciate that he’s open...


Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which celebrates the rich cultures, traditions, histories, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders throughout U.S. and Canadian history. As a dining services provider, our celebration revolves around food, so it’s only natural to highlight this month through that lens. Let’s take a look at some of today’s notable Asian American and Pacific Islander chefs and their culinary contributions and achievements. Chef Cristeta Comerford is in charge of the...


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