February 16th is International Syrah Day, a wine that most aficionados place in France’s Rhône Valley* and its wine-making region, called Côtes-du-Rhône. You may be familiar with wines from the Côte Rôtie, Hermitage, and Cornas appellations. The best of the wines, from producers such as Chapoutier, Chave, Domaine Gerin, Guigal, Paul Jaboulet Aîné, Saint Cosme, […]

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Something different to reflect upon on Valentine’s Day: cocoa bitters. Artisan chocolate bitters have been around for a while, but now category leader ANGOSTURA® has launched Cocoa Bitters. They join a lineup that includes the original Aromatic Bitters and Orange Bitters. And Cocoa Bitters are not just for cocktails. Add them to your morning cup […]

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The Year Of The Tiger began February 1st and lasts through February 15th. There’s lots of time to celebrate with traditional dishes. We’re having one a day—as simple as a few dumplings and ending up the celebration with Peking Duck (roasted and served with pancakes, scallions, and hoisin sauce). There are more recipes below. Also […]

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Bread lovers take note: heart-shaped cheesy bread goes on sale today at Aldi’s. Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Kitchen, which sells take-and-bake pizzas at Aldi’s, has created a limited-edition cheesy bread for Valentine’s Day, for $ 4.99. While “cheese bread” is typically a loaf made from dough that’s mixed with cheese, this cheesy bread is a heart-shaped […]

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[1] Lovely packaging for your valentine (both photos © Smith Teamaker). [2] A bouquet in a sachet.   Steven Smith Teamaker is one of our favorite brands of fine tea—superb tea in silky sachets (tea bags) instead of loose leaves. Steven Smith (1949-2015) was a co-founder of Stash Tea Company, then founded Tazo tea company. […]

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