[1] This fancy-looking dessert is quickly assembled from easily-available ingredients (photo courtesy Good Food On Montford). [2] Pepperidge Farm Pirouettes, rolled wafer cookies, are an easy dessert garnish (photo courtesy Pepperidge Farm).   It doesn’t take much effort to turn ordinary ingredients into a great-looking dish. This example (photo #1), from Good Food On Montford […]

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In the recent past, we were looking for the “best” ham for our Easter dinner. As part of research for THE NIBBLE, we tasted six different hams and came up with the winner: Kurobuta ham from Snake River Farms. If you’ve been pondering a ham for Easter dinner (or any other time of the year), […]

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[1] Something new in ice cubes: the Titanic hits the iceberg (photo courtesy The Caveman’s Guide).   We have a quirky sense of humor. When we saw this quirky—some might say macabre or tasteless—ice cube mold, we had to have it. The mold makes cubes in the shape of the H.M.S. Titanic and the iceberg […]

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March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, is National Corned Beef & Cabbage Day. Corned beef and cabbage is a St. Patrick’s Day standard. But wait: The dish isn’t from Ireland, but from New York City’s Lower East Side.     WHAT IS CORNED BEEF? Although the exact beginnings of corned beef are lost to history, it […]

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[1] The Ploughman’s Lunch, a staple lunch in Britain for centuries (photo courtesy Taste | Australia. [2] Have an Irish beer with your lunch (photo courtesy Murphy’s Irish Stout).   For St. Patrick’s Day, how about a Ploughman’s lunch? You can bring it to work or dig in at home. Pronounced “plow man,” Ploughman’s, as […]

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An everyday beef stew can be turned into a special-occasion dish, merely with the addition of some puff pastry and wine or beer. This recipe, Beef & Guinness with Puff Pastry, was created for his St. Patrick’s Day menu by Justin O’Connor, Executive Chef at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Patrick’s Day. The recipe serves […]

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[1] Emmy’s Organics cookies are made with shredded coconut. They’re macaroon-style treats in different flavors (photo courtesy Emmy’s Organics). [2] Each chewy cookie is delicious on its own or with a beverage (photo courtesy The Balanced Beet). [3] How can you resist? Head to Walmart, use the store locator or order online.   THE NIBBLE […]

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[1] Brussels sprouts with bacon jam, as an appetizer or beer/wine snack (photo courtesy Pampered Chef). [2] While large Brussels sprouts are tempting, smaller ones are more tender (photo courtesy Sweetgreen).   With St. Patrick’s Day ten days ahead, we begin a series of festive recipes. This recipe from Pampered Chef is both fun and […]

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St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, is one of those holidays that everyone likes to celebrate. Some attend a parade, some head to pubs. But our favorite activity is casual entertaining at home with friends. Our friends love to bring food to a gathering. So we have a group feast, without anyone doing too much work. […]

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