TIP OF THE DAY: Breakfast Cupcakes

What’s the difference between a cupcake and a muffin? Cupcakes have a finer crumb (from using cake flour versus all-purpose flour), a bit more sugar and are iced, adding even more sugar. While muffins do have somewhat less sugar, don’t let the name lull you into a sense of “better for you”: They are cake…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

Creamy blue cheese dressing. Photo courtesy Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board   To our palate, the best blue cheese dressing ever is from Kathryn’s Cottage. But it isn’t sold near us, so if we haven’t gotten around to ordering it online, we need to make our own. Our first tip: Buy a decent blue cheese: Gorgonzola,…
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SUPER BOWL: Jalapeño Chips

These are a real treat with a cold beer. Photo courtesy Cooking Planit.   One of our favorite Top Picks Of The Week is Deano’s Jalapeno Chips, crunchy nuggets of chile heat. They are terrific with a beer and as a garnish on anything from hors d’oeuvre to mashed potatoes. Alas, as with so many…
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TIP OF THE DAY: 15+ Uses For A Culinary Torch

Making crème brûlée is just one of the numerous things you can do with a culinary torch. Photo courtesy BonJour.   Many of us have purchased a culinary torch (a.k.a. chef’s torch or brulée torch) for the sole purpose of caramelizing sugar on crème brûlée. But a culinary torch has numerous other uses in the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Kale Salad

New Year’s Resolution Kale Salad. The recipe is below. Photo courtesy Just Salad.   You may be sautéeing or stir frying more kale these days, based on their terrific nutritional profile. But how about kale salad? Here are three recipes from Laura Pensiero, executive chef of Just Salad and a Certified Dietician. For salads, young,…
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