Austin, Texas has become a hot city to visit and move to, abetted by its ever-expanding food scene. One place of interest is Fluff Meringues & More is a modern patisserie that proffers European treats in a market full of cupcakes and Southern pecan pie. A meringue cookie is the opposite of these latter favorites. […]

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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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Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur had us at “hello.” Over the years, the portfolio has expanded far beyond Original Irish Cream liqueur, to Chocolate Cherry, Espresso Crème, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Cinnamon and limited-edition liqueur flavors for the holidays (Pumpkin Spice, Baileys Strawberries & Cream). Each flavor is an indulgent drinking experience…a substitute for ice cream…a treat […]

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Even if you like fruitcake, the fruitcakes from Robert Lambert will raise the bar beyond any other fruitcake you’ve had. It is fruitcake for those in the know. It has nothing to do with the mass-produced versions loaded with neon candied fruit. Robert Lambert, a cookbook author and pastry chef, is one of America’s great […]

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[1] A refreshing glass of IPA. The flowers to the left of the glass are hops (photo © Homebrewers Association). [2] For IPA fanatics, there’s a special glass engineered to highlight the flavors and aromas of IPA (photo © Kegworks). [3] On a summer day, enjoy a cold IPA with an antipasto plate (photo © […]

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June 17th is National Strudel Day. While most people tend to think “apple strudel,” strudels can be sweet or savory. While seasonal fruits are popular fillings, some sweet strudels are fruit-free, filled instead with soft, sweetened cheese (quark), poppy seeds, or nuts. Savory strudels are filled with cheeses, meats, seafood or vegetables. We have some […]

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[1] It’s National Cheez Doodle Day. Dig in! (photo courtesy The Foodie Patootie) [2] Why use a bowl: Eat from the bag! (photo courtesy Wise Snacks)   Some brands are regional. Some start out that way and become so popular they get national distribution. Such is the case with Cheez Doodles from East Coast manufacturer […]

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If you have free time today, bake a pie. It can be sweet or savory (pot pie, shepherd’s pie, vegetable pie, etc.) February 23rd is National Pie Day, an annual celebration of pies launched in the mid-1970s by Charlie Papazian, a nuclear engineer, brewer and teacher from Boulder, Colorado. He also founded the Association of […]

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National Margarita Day is February 22nd. Coincidentally, it’s the birthday of George Washington, who never had a tequila drink since Colonials didn’t know about tequila. The Margarita has become America’s favorite cocktail. Here’s the history of the Margarita. According to The Nielsen CGA On-Premise Consumer Survey, a snapshot of America’s eating and drinking habits in […]

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