National French Fry Day is July 19th, but this recipe is winter comfort food. Duck fat fries are a special treat, beloved among chefs. They’re a great accompaniment to grilled meat, roasted chicken, and yes, duck. In this recipe the fries are pan baked, resulting in a crisp duck fat crunch and an aromatic blend […]

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[1] Coffee date scones (photos #1 and #4 © Nescafé). [2] Scones can be round or triangular. The triangular shape is an old one that comes from cooking scones in a frying pan over the fire, then cutting the cooked circle into pie-shape triangles (photo © King Arthur Baking Company). [3] Dates are among the […]

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New Year’s Eve means Champagne in our house, but it also means eggnog (or if you prefer, egg nog). We’ve made quite a few different recipes over the years. Some are linked below, including a low-calorie option. This year, we’re looking forward to this spiced chocolate eggnog recipe from American Heritage Chocolate. The recipe uses […]

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We love steak tartare and order it whenever we find it on the menu. We tried to make it at home once, slicing the beef into a brunoise. It was not successful (our knife skills not a particular talent). We ‘collect’ photos of creative steak tartare This one from chef New York Chef David Shim, […]

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[1] You can build these crisps on any base you like. We chose toasted ficelle*, a long loaf of French bread that’s narrower than a baguette (photos #1 and #2 © Cambria Style). [2] Buy extra figs and place them in a bowl for those who’d like some fresh fruit. [3] Divina fig spread is […]

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It’s ironic that National Sangria Day is celebrated in the gray cold of winter*, when it’s traditionally considered a summer drink. But December 20th is National Sangria Day, and more sangria fans have been enjoying it year-round. As the recipe below shows, you can easily turn sangria into a winter refreshment. Get seasonal with the […]

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It’s been an unusual year, so how about an unusual spin on potato latkes, a traditional food for Chanukah / Hannukah (the difference in spellings)? Lovers of fried potatoes and Indian food will enjoy these Tikka Masala Latkes—latkes flavored with tikka masala spices. Mint Yogurt Sauce replaces the traditional applesauce an/or sour cream. Infusing classic […]

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[1] Splash some Merlot into your hot chocolate for a cold weather warm-up (photos #1 and #4 © California Wine Institute). [2] Merlot pairs with many foods, including burgers and pizza (photo © Sutter Home). [3] For an after-work or pre-dinner glass of wine, pair Merlot with your favorite nibbles (photo © Rebelle Restaurant | […]

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[1] A pomegranate spritz—juice and club soda—is a non-alcoholic alternative to holiday cocktails (photo © Rawpixel | Pexels). [2] Festive, biodegradable paper straws. These are available on Amazon (photo © Ououps).   Here’s a holiday beverage that’s non-alcoholic, fun, even good for you. For those who don’t drink alcohol, or don’t want any more of […]

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