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Archive for January 24, 2013

VALENTINE CANDY: Chocolate Bark Hearts

Peppermint bark is one of three heart-shape
barks. Photo courtesy Laughing Moon
Chocolates.

 

We’re starting our Valentine dandy countdown today with Laughing Moon Chocolates of Stowe, Vermont.

For a mini treat, give your Valentine two pieces of heart-shaped chocolate bark in one of three delicious flavors:

  • Almond Bark
  • Peppermint Bark
  • Pistachio/cranberry bark
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    The 4-ounces bag is $7.00, and just enough chocolate to let someone enjoy Valentine’s Day without a limited number of calories.

    Order online at LaughingMoonChocolates.com; scroll down the page past the chocolate bunnies.

     

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: A Soup Bar For Parties Or The Weeknight Dinner Table

    How can you make soup the most fun dish of the week?

    Set up a “soup bar.” It’s similar to a baked potato bar, where bowls of garnishes are laid out so that everyone can customize his or her own soup.

    The garnishes are what you already have in the kitchen, and a soup bar is a great way to use up leftovers. Scout the cabinets, fridge and freezer to see what you’ve got. Then, set out a selection of at least five options:

  • Beans, lentils, rice and other grains and legumes
  • Broccoli florets
  • Croutons, tortilla chips or crackers: Goldfish, oyster crackers, crumbled saltines
  • Crumbled bacon, hot dog/sausage slices, shredded ham
  • Corn kernels
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    A bowl of potatao soup, loaded up with choices from the “soup bar.” Photo courtesy PotatoGoodness.com.

  • Dairy toppings: crème fraîche, plain Greek yogurt, mascarpone, sour cream
  • Grated or shredded cheese
  • Herbs: arugula, basil, chives, cilantro, jalapeño, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme
  • Other leftover meats and seafood, diced or shredded
  • Onions: chopped green onions or red onions
  • Mushrooms, zucchini, cooked or raw
  • Pasta and noodles, including wonton strips
  • Peas, snow peas and other cooked vegetables
  • Tomatoes: halved cherry tomatoes/grape tomatoes, diced fresh tomatoes, diced canned tomatoes
  • Wild cards: almonds, avocado, baby corn, diced cucumber, shredded coconut, shredded carrots, olives, raisins, roasted garlic cloves, tofu, water chestnuts, whatever you have
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    PARTY SOUP BAR

    Offer two or three different soups that provide a good canvas for the toppings: mushroom soup, potato soup and tomato soup, for example. Soups that already have multiple visible ingredients, like chowder and minestrone, don’t need more embellishment.

    You’ll also want to fan the excitement by doubling the number of garnish options.

    Soup’s on! Get it while it’s hot!
     
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