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Adventures In The World Of Fine Food

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FOOD FUN: Poinsettia Hors d’Oeuvre

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:35:34 +0000

Turn spinach dip into poinsettia hors d’oeuvre. The ones in the top photo, from Mackenzie Limited. They have a base of focaccia bread topped with creamy spinach dip with a hint of truffle oil. The flower is made from piped goat cheese flower. We created our own version of the canapés, which pair well with […]

TIP OF THE DAY: Create Ice Cube Art (Designer Ice Cubes)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:56:15 +0000

We have long made “designer ice cubes” for cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks by: Adding fruit to the ice cube for sweet drinks. Adding herbs to the ice cubes for savory drinks.   You simply fill the ice cube tray with water and drop a piece of fruit or an herb into each compartment. Here’s our […]

TIP OF THE DAY: Christmas Crudites, A Gingerbread House Alternative

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:59:07 +0000

[1] A good-for-you Christmas treat. [2] Start here (photos #1 and #2 courtesy Green Giant). [3] A chocolate house, made with molds from King Arthur Flour.   How about a vegetable cottage instead of a gingerbread house? Created by Green Giant; we found it on It was originally posted on Green Giant’s Facebook page. Here’s […]

RECIPE: Lemon Cream Pie

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:16:55 +0000

[1] A yummy way to celebrate National Lemon Cream Pie Day (photo courtesy The Baker Chick). [2] You can use any extra lemon zest to garnish the pie, with or without the candied mint leaves (photo courtesy Sunkist).   It’s November 29th: National Lemon Cream Pie Day. We adapted this classic recipe from one of […]

TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Wine & Cake For A Dessert Party…Or Just Dessert!

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:58:30 +0000

Want a dessert party that’s different? How about a wine and cake tasting? As with any other food and wine, the right pairings enhance the enjoyment of both components. So as not to stress the budget, you can make it a co-op party, assigning different cakes and wines to the participants. Select five or so […]

RECIPE: Cranberry & Pomegranate Holiday Brie

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:23:51 +0000

Baked Brie is a special-occasion favorite, and very easy to make. It goes great with sparkling and still wines and cocktails. In the spirit of the season, this easy recipe from Liren Baker of Kitchen Confidante will have guests fighting for the cheese knife. It’s a good thing this recipe makes two wheels! TIP: If […]

TIP OF THE DAY: Thanksgiving Leftovers Layered In A Jar

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 13:29:36 +0000

Tired of Thanksgiving leftovers? Here’s an idea to make them more interesting, layered salad-style. Make a fun lunch by layering Thanksgiving leftovers in your mason jars. We adapted this recipe from one created by Neens for Kings Hawaiian, our family’s favorite supermarket bread. If you’re out of any of the ingredients, substitute something else or […]

TIP OF THE DAY: Make A Cranberry Wreath…And A Mistletoe Ball

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:12:43 +0000

[1] Make a cranberry wreath for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or [2] a cranberry and mistletoe “kissing ball” for Christmas (photos 1, 2 and 4 courtesy Ocean Spray). [3] Were cranberries served at the first Thanksgiving? No one knows* (photo courtesy Good Eggs).   Sure, you can buy evergreen wreaths galore during the holiday season. But […]

FOOD FUN: Beyond The Twist, Lemon & Lime Flowers & Art

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 13:24:24 +0000

No doubt you’ve cut lemon and lime circles and twists for garnish, and wedges to squeeze over beverages, salads, seafoods, and so on. We have long used a channel zester to carve vertical lines in fruits and vegetables, creating a design in the fruit and strips of peel for garnish.   THE GROOVY JOYS OF […]

RECIPE: Peanut Butter Fudge

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 12:00:54 +0000

Three-ingredient peanut butter fudge (photo courtesy Justin’s).   November 20th is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day. An American confection, fudge was a happy accent in the 1880s, created by a woman trying to make caramels. Read the history of fudge and you’ll see that it wasn’t so easy to re-create the accident. Over time, however, […]