When you sang “Auld Lang Syne” on New Year’s Eve, did you recall that it was first a poem by Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland (1759-1796)? His birthday, January 25th, is celebrated in Scotland as Burns Night. Family and friends gather for an evening of good food and company. It’s a warm and […]

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[1] The original Oysters Rockefeller from Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans (photo © Antoine’s). [2] Chefs who adapted the secret recipe often use spinach and diced bacon. Here’s the preparation at Monahan’s Seafood Market in Ann Arbor, Michigan (photo © Monahan’s Seafood Market). [3] Some “builds” include Mornay sauce, a classic French cheese sauce made […]

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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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Here’s something special for balletomanes and ballet students who like dark chocolate bonbons: Delysia’s Nutcracker Chocolate Collection. Only 50 boxes of this seasonal edition have been made. The 16-piece truffle collection contains four each of themed chocolates inspired by the holiday ballet. The images atop each chocolate are charming. And the centers are beautifully flavored: […]

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December 20th is National Sangria Day. Sangria is a wine punch or cocktail that originated in Spain long ago, with roots in ancient Rome (here’s the history of sangria). There are countless recipes for sangria, made with red, white or rose wine, including sparkling wine; and with different spirits, juices and fruits. Here’s a recipe […]

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[1] The most fun and flavorful gift for a tea lover (photox #1 and #2 © Vahdam Teas). [2] Holiday surprise: so many teas to discover. [3] The gift provides a different variety of tea for 25 days (photo © Julia Sakelli | Pexels).   What could a tea lover love more, than the chance […]

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[1] Yummy ice cream sandwiches in Egg Nog and Peppermint (all photos © Casper’s Ice Cream). [2] FatBoy’s version of a peppermint sundae—no spoon required! [3] Our new favorite chocolate ice cream: Frozen Hot Cocoa. [4] You can’t put FatBoy under the tree…but load up the freezer!   We were not familiar with Fat Boy […]

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We never had the original Gingerbread Oreos that debuted in 2012, nor had we tried them in any year since—until last week. The 2020 Limited Edition Gingerbread Oreos are a new formulation and packaging. We have only one word for them: Terrific! The originals were vanilla-flavored cookies with a creme filling flavored with gingerbread spices. […]

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It’s time to treat yourself to Starbucks® delicious holiday season coffees. Personally, we’re thrilled that two of our favorites are on the shelves. Here’s what to look for:     STARBUCKS HOLIDAY COFFEE Starbucks Holiday Blend. The box states it’s a medium roast, but it tastes more like a dark roast (our preferred roast) to […]

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