[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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Do you garnish your cocktails with the same wedge of lime or orange wheel, curl, peel or twist? The same olives and cocktail onions? The same notched strawberry on the rim? The standard celery stick in a Bloody Mary? Expand your garnish horizons. Presentation is everything; and while no one would turn away an ungarnished […]

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[1] Dry Soda’s holiday packaging looks great in a stocking or on the bar (photo Dry Sparkling). [2] Artisan hot sauce with great—not just hot—flavor (photo Horseshoe Brand). [3] We love this limited edition of Lindt’s Lindor Truffles (photo Lindt USA). Honey Gummies, made with honey instead of sugar or HFCS, are a step up […]

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