This year, Chanukah, the Jewish Festival Of Lights, begins the evening of December 12th (the 25th day of the month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar).     A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHANUKAH In ancient Judea, the Syrian King Antiochus ordered the Jewish people to abandon their religion and worship the Greek gods. In 165 […]

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Don’t these truffles look delicious, the work of a skilled professional? They are, the famous Force Noir* truffles from San Francisco chocolatier Michael Recchiuti (one of our favorites). He invites you to make them at home with the recipe below. Truffles can cost $ 3 apiece at an artisan chocolate shop. Egad! In truth, if […]

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[1] Star-shaped canapés are perfect for the holidays, Independence Day and any celebratory occasion. These are topped with caramelized onions and goat cheese. Here’s the recipe from King Arthur Flour. [2] The set of three canapé bread tubes from King Arthur Flour. [3] A classic: pumpernickel topped with crème fraîche, smoked salmon and dill. Here’s […]

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Most of us know tapioca as a pudding filled with little tapioca “pearls.” But it’s so much more than that.     WHAT IS TAPIOCA? Tapioca is a pure starch extracted from the root of the cassava (pronounced kuh-SAH-vuh, photo #1). The root is also called manioc, arrowroot and yuca. Not yucca, mind you: That’s […]

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[1] Deck the table with this colorful salad. The recipe is below (photo Bella Sun Luci | Facebook. [2] Create a Caprese wreath on a platter. Here’s the recipe from the Daily Mail. [3] This Caprese wreath uses the smallest mozzarella balls, called perlini (photo courtesy Country Living).   Is there anything more bland than […]

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Give your holiday pies some panache with these snowflake pie crust cutters from Williams-Sonoma. For a special holiday-themed pie, try this one from the Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen. Prep time is 60 minutes, cook time is 60 minutes.     RECIPE: CRANBERRY SNOWFLAKE PIE This recipe makes a deep-dish pie. If you don’t have a deep-dish […]

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You can create special holiday cocktails with seasonal ingredients—cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint. But you can add a touch of red and green to Martinis and Margaritas as well. Here, some suggestions to get you thinking about holiday cocktail garnishes.     OPENING THOUGHTS If you want a red and green motif, cruise the aisles of […]

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The first tip is both the most obvious and sometimes the most difficult. Getting started! You can research all the best methods but nothing happens until you get started. Get started today on your weight loss plan and you will have taken the first and most important step. The next tip is to set a […]

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[1] A mezcal cocktail rimmed with a deep half rim, a blend of chipotle and black lava salt (at Olmsted | Brooklyn). [2] A full rim covering just the top of the glass, with two different seasonings: half salt, half Tajin (at Alma Cocina Latina | Baltimore). [3] A Thai Margarita rimmed with a blend […]

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