Strahs is a food blogger (two of them: Panini Happy, and Cooking on the Side) and author of The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook. She's been featured in The New York Times and Saveur, and has judged food competitions in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas. Regarding the representation of African Americans in the field of cooking, she said
"Food blogging and social media as a whole has exploded in popularity in just the past few years. [...] I think it’s never been a better time for African Americans – or anyone, really – to make a name for themselves."
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February 25th is both Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day, but also Clam Chowder Day. New England Clam Chowder was covered on January 21st, and call me grumpy, but I don't think chowder needs two days.
I've also covered a bit on tempering chocolate, so you're all set to grab some peanuts and start dipping! Peanut clusters are some of the easiest candies to make at home, and you're certainly not limited to using only peanuts in your candies. Add miniature marshmallows for Rocky Road, or raisins, or maybe you have a secret spice you like to add to the melted chocolate before you put the peanuts in.
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