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RECIPE: Chocolate Peppermint Pie

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:15:48 +0000

February 19th is Chocolate Mint Day. You could grab a York Peppermint Pattie, or you could make this easy pie. It contains both white and semi-sweet chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies, plus an Oreo cookie crumb crust. The active time is 30 minutes, but it takes 6 hours to set in the fridge. So […]

TIP OF THE DAY: King Cake & Milk Punch For Mardi Gras

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:46:47 +0000

Mardi Gras 2017 falls on Tuesday, February 28. It always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Celebrating the Carnival season, Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) has been a state holiday in Louisiana since the 19th century. WHAT’S MARDI GRAS? The Carnival season begins on or after the Epiphany […]

TIP OF THE DAY: Eat Something Presidential

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:59:48 +0000

Presidents Day is Monday, February 20, a mashup* of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and George Washington (February 22nd). You can’t, of course, sit down to a meal with a president; but you can have some of his favorite foods. You can find the favorite foods of each president here; plus some highlights […]

TIP OF THE DAY: DIY Jambalaya Bar

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:58:40 +0000

For Mardi Gras—February 28—try a new take on food bars (a.k.a. buffets): DIY Jambalaya. Jambalaya is a delicious, spicy, main course consisting of rice and practically everything else in the refrigerator! It’s a great way to use favorite meats and veggies (shrimp, peas, carrots, bell peppers). You can start from scratch; for a family night, […]

TIP OF THE DAY: Types Of Meringue, Plus Red Wine Meringue Cookies

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:59:30 +0000

All meringue begins the same: with egg whites beaten with some form of sugar. But from there, pastry chefs evolved different preparation techniques to produce different results. You may think of meringue as cookies, or dessert cups that hold fruit or mousse, like vacherins or pavlovas*. It can also be made into a cake layer […]

TIP OF THE DAY: Aged Coffee & Nespresso Limited Edition Selection Vintage 2014

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:59:09 +0000

Conventional coffee advice tells you to buy the freshest roasted beans, and grind them as you need to make coffee. Don’t buy more than you need for the week: Fresh is everything. But now, there’s aged coffee, a growing trend. Aged coffee is not analogous to old, stale, flat coffee. It comprises specially selected beans, […]

RECIPE: Valentine Brownies

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:05:57 +0000

Want to bring something fun to work or school for Valentine’s Day? These strawberry brownies from Kevin Lynch of Closet Cooking can be made for any occasion. But we especially like the heart-shaped effect of halved strawberries for “love” occasions: Mother’s, Father’s, Valentine’s, anniversaries, etc. You can adapt the idea to your favorite brownie, or […]

TIP OF THE DAY: Ice Cubes For Valentine’s Day…And More Uses For The Ice Cube Tray

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 13:59:19 +0000

[1] and [2] Red and pink layered ice cubes (photo courtesy Ocean Spray). [3] Add some pomegranate ice cubes (here’s how from Kelly Elko).[4] Flower ice cubes: small flowers make a big impression (here’s how from Martha Stewart). [5] More ways to use an ice cube tray: save pesto (photo courtesy P&G Every Day) or […]

RECIPE: Strawberry Rose Mojito

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 15:47:22 +0000

[1] This Mojito is enhanced with strawberry-rose syrup for a special occasion (photo courtesy Nielsen Massey). [2] Every Mojito requires lots of fresh mint (photo courtesy Indian Home Cooking).   Mojito fans: Nielsen-Massey has tailored the classic recipe for Valentine’s Day, using their vanilla extract and rose water. If your Valentine plans are already set, […]

TIP OF THE DAY: Practice Your Frosting Roses (& Maybe A Party?)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:58:40 +0000

Since childhood, our favorite part of a birthday cake has been the buttercream roses. No matter whose cake it was, we had to have a slice with a rose. You too? Then Valentine’s Day is your opportunity to practice piping frosting roses. Do we have to mention, you get to eat all the “learning mistakes?” […]