Whenever the topic of Champagne comes up, for special occasions, gifting or fizzy cocktails, we like to remind everyone that there are delicious—and less costly—alternatives to Champagne. Consider these more affordable bubblies at half the price or less: Asti Spumante and Prosecco from Italy. Cava from Spain. Crémant from France. Espumante from Portugal. Sekt from […]

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[1] Eggnog was originally served in a four-ounce cup, called a nog (photo and recipe © Whole Foods Market). It’s the size of a modern punch cup. [2] We like a grated nutmeg garnish on eggnog. You can substitute grated chocolate. (photo © McCormick). [3] If you want to serve a nibble with the nog, […]

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[1] Jingle Belle: 7-Up and bitters with a raspberry-mint garnish (photo © Beatnik | Chicago).   More and more people don’t drink alcohol, and seek club soda or soft drinks at parties. If some of your guests fall into that category, why not create a “Mocktail Menu?” It’s quite easy, and it will bring them […]

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In Italy, torrone (tuh-ROE-nay) is a traditional Christmas dessert, and the most popular candy in Italy. In France, it’s known as nougat: a confection made from egg whites, honey, sugar and toasted almonds. There are many regional variations; some are softer, some chewier. If you’re headed to any Italian city—or have friends who are—ask them […]

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[1] Pears poached in port and red wine, with a “cloak” of pistachios (photo © Santauri Restaurant | Los Angeles). [2] Make the recipe with Bartlett (above) or Bosc pears (photo © Good Eggs). [3] Bosc pears (photo © Good Eggs). [4] Add some pomegranate arils to the plate for holiday color (photo © Good […]

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Pomegranate Mezcal Punch [1] Persephone Punch, made with mulled pomegranate juice (photo © Gem & Bolt). [2] Star anise pods, available from Silk Road Spices (photo © Silk Road Spices. [3] Pomegranate and its arils. The juice is squeezed from the arils (photo © Kelly Cline | iStock Photo). [4] Juniper berries, available from Silk […]

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Today’s stocking stuffers are for mint lovers.   1. DANDIES PEPPERMINT MARSHMALLOWS Dandies Peppermint Marshmallows are a limited-edition holiday treat. Dandies are all-natural, gelatin-free, vegan marshmallows. There’s no high fructose corn syrup or anything artificial: Cane sugar and tapioca syrup are used. Vegan marshmallows taste just like conventional marshmallows, but tapioca starch is used instead […]

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Here’s some news for people who love their butter and products made with it: Not all butter is created equal. In addition to the base milk (organic versus conventional, the breed of cow, grass fed [free range]), different butters are churned to have different butterfat contents. In the U.S., products sold as “butter” must contain […]

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[1] Red wine stains: Out! (Photos © Madame Paulette). [2] Coffee stains: Out! (Plus a dozen or more other stain types: all out!) [3] There are five single-use kits in each order.   If you have friends like us, here’s a welcome holiday gift. Who are “friends like us?” We are the less-coordinated people who […]

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