Is there a special wine for Halloween? Absolutely: It’s the wine with the best costume. While our friend Ruth sews little ghost bottle covers, the vintners at Sonoma County’s Windsor Vineyards have dressed the bottle for you, with a choice of 18 special Halloween labels. It’s easy to get spooky with these Halloween “spirits”—the wine(s) […]

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Following on the heels of eating good food, the second-best part of our job is the thrill of discovery. Experiencing new categories or sub-categories of food and drink makes it a good day. Take wheat beer, for example. It’s a lighter style on the opposite spectrum of what we personally prefer (IPA, Porter, Stout). But […]

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[1] Sweet and crunchy apple, celery and peanut salad. The recipe is below (photo and recipe © Gelson’s Markets). [2] Sliced apples go right into the salad. The dressing keeps them from browning (photo © Stemilt). [3] A spinach, apple and goat cheese salad with pecans. You can add cheese and nuts to just about […]

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[1] Burdick Chocolate’s Coffin Assortment for Halloween (photos © Burdick Chocolate). [2] Enjoy them while you listen to the Monster Mash. [3] Ghostly mice.   Creak open the lid of L. A. Burdick’s Chocolate Coffin Assortment to discover a frightfully delicious array of chocolate bonbons from one of our favorite artisan chocolatiers. The 20 pieces […]

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You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this recipe for Mummy Toast. There’s an over-easy egg hidden underneath the mummy’s wrappings. It sits on a bed of jam, but you can use ketchup if you prefer. This recipe is from Hello Fresh, which has three more fun and easy egg recipes for Halloween. […]

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October 20th is National Brandied Fruit Day. Make it now and enjoy it over the holidays…or tomorrow! Brandied fruit is something you can overnight, or “cure” for one or two months to enjoy a more profound marinated flavor. We’ll start by enticing you with the many ways you can use brandied fruits; then go on […]

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PIF Halloween > Caramel Apples October is Halloween. National Candy Apple Day and National Caramel Apple Day are October 31st (Halloween). And October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month. So we tied them all together with this recipe for Popcorn Caramel Apples, plus more caramel and candy apple recipes. Round up with other recipes (I think […]

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[1] What you can do with a pot pie for Halloween (photo © D & D | London). [2] There’s no octopus in this beef pot pie; but the crust fits right in with Halloween. Here’s the recipe (photo © Cook’n).   D&D London is a collection of 43 diverse restaurants, bars and one hotel […]

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This photo was “eye candy” to us. It’s popcorn, but it looks like rocher, a classic French candy made from almond slivers and chocolate (photo #s). So of course, we had to try it sooner rather than later. October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, so before we give you the recipe (photo #1), here are […]

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[1] These “anytime” bars are especially fine Halloween gifts for your connosseiur friends and family. The Black N’ Burnt Barley Bar has crow imagery. Quoth the raven, “give me lots of these” (all photos © Omnom Chocolate). [2] The Burnt N’ Black Barley Bars have bits of roasted barley that add a wonderful nuance to […]

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