Seasonal and sweet, apple cider is a timely and delicious ingredient for fall and winter cocktails. It’s part of Union Square Cafe’s seasonal cocktail. Combined with applejack and gin, this cider cocktail is easy to make at home. Our thanks to Union Square Cafe and the Florence Fabricant/The New York Times for the recipe. The […]

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Not everyone wants chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Here are three better-for-you options for that someone special.     1. LAUDEMIO FRESCOBALDI EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL There are enough excellent EVOOs out there to make decision-making difficult. So here’s an easy choice: Marchesi de Frescobaldi Laudemio Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil (photo #1). Silky and elegant, […]

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[1] A favorite sweet treat: the Cosmopolitan. Here’s the recipe (photo courtesy Kitchen Swagger). [2] For savory palates, the Bloody Mary is spot on. Here are recipes (photo courtesy Bonefish Grill). [3] Pink sparkling: affordable and delicious (photo courtesy Martini & Rossi).   A couple of years ago, we proposed a Valentine’s Day dinner/buffet with […]

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We’re making lots of these sweet potato chips (photo #1) for Super Bowl Sunday. It’s very easy. The chips have a slight flavor kick over traditional sweet potato chips: flavored olive oil. The Lucero olive oil company made them with their Mandarin Orange Olive Oil (photo #2). We have numerous flavored oils, so we’re making […]

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If you’re looking for snack fare for the Super Bowl, or warm, aromatic soft pretzels anytime, here are two recipes for your consideration. But first, here’s the history of pretzels.     RECIPE #1: PEPPERONI PIZZA STUFFED PRETZEL We love all good bread, and a soft, doughy pretzel (with mustard, please) is one of our […]

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January 23rd is National Pie Day, and we’ve been fielding questions about the difference between pies and tarts, and the difference between pie and pastry. To start, we refer you to one of our most popular articles, The Difference Between Pie and Pastry. Now on to pastry. Pastry is a broad category that includes pies […]

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Fresh herbs add punches of flavor to any savory dish—and some sweet ones*. They also help to cut back on salt, which is a cheaper way to counter blandness in recipes. Fresh herbs are worth what they cost; but to get your money out of them, take an easy step to preserve their life in […]

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For some of us, a refreshing drink is a glass of still water, flavored with fruit. Hint, with 12 flavors (plus 7 sparkling and 2 caffeinated waters), is one of our go-to’s. By necessity, bottled still water uses fruit extracts instead of actual fruit juice. But the flavors from the real fruits infused in the […]

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