TIP OF THE DAY: A Perfect Christmas Cocktail (& A Chanukah Cocktail, Too)

For your holiday celebrations, we propose a perfect Christmas cocktail: It’s sparkling. I can be red and green. It’s easy to make. There’s a mocktail variation.   A conventional Mimosa combines sparkling wine and orange juice (see the Mimosa history, below). Substitute cranberry juice and you’ve got the holiday version. (For a Chanukah version, use…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cotton Candy Cocktail

[1] Top a cocktail or mocktail with cotton candy (photo Jeff Green | Barbara Kraft | Arizona Biltmore). [2] Soft drinks, shakes, and so forth can get the cotton candy treatment (photo courtesy Aww Sam). [3] Spun sugar, the predecessor of cotton candy (photo courtesy Food Network).   December 7th is National Cotton Candy Day.…
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GIFT OF THE DAY: Cheese Grotto

If someone on your gift list is very serious about cheese (such a person is a turophile, Greek for cheese lover), consider the Cheese Grotto. Think of it as a cheese humidor, to protect precious cheeses instead of cigars. Everything old is new again. Cheese Grotto is based on a very old design, used to…
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TIP OF THE DAY: A Pudding Parfait Is An Easy Dessert

[1] All chocolate pudding parfait (photo courtesy Elegant Affairs Caterers.) [2] Mixed flavors and garnishes (photo courtesy Yotel |NYC). [3] Tiramisu pudding parfait (photo courtesy The Vegan Cookie Fairy). [4] Butterscotch and vanilla pudding parfait (photo courtesy Gather By D’Amico).   It’s the annual crazy-busy holiday season. In the midst of gift shopping, holiday cooking…
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GIFTS OF THE DAY: Artisan Honey, Spicy Honey

SAVANNAH BEE COMPANY ARTISAN HONEYS Anything from this wonderful company makes a great gift, including the honey beauty products. Since 2002, we’ve been avid customers. The company gathers varietal honeys: Acacia Honey Lavender Honey Orange Blossom Rosemary Honey Sourwood Honey Tupelo Honey   They’re sold in different sizes, with prices varying slightly by varietal. These…
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