TIP OF THE DAY: Try Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit looks so summery. Who’d think this exotic tropical charmer is a fall fruit—not to mention the fruit of a genus of cactus? Lightly sweet and pleasantly crunchy, dragon fruit, also called pitaya, is too alluring to pass by. Pitaya is the fruit’s indigenous name in its home territory, Central America. Dragon fruit, which…
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HALLOWEEN: Skull & Crossbones Tumbler

The “Crossbones” tumbler is fun on Halloween and the other 364 days of the year. Photo courtesy Copco.   Want to celebrate Halloween in a way that isn’t fattening? We’re partial to this “Crossbones” Sierra Cold Tumbler from Copco, featuring a subtle skull and crossbones motif on the plastic gripper (it’s hard to see in…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Tips For Storing Chocolate

If you only occasionally bake with chocolate, it’s easy to end up with leftover blocks and bars. How long can you keep the chocolate? Dark chocolate can last for two years or more. Milk chocolate and white chocolate should be kept for under a year, because the milk content in them deteriorates. Store chocolate tightly…
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CONTEST: Enter Your Best Chocolate Dessert Recipe

Elizabeth Faulkner updates the chocolate sundae with chocolate gelato, chocolate cake, chocolate sauce and marshmallow creme. Photo by Phillip Angert | Scharffen Berger.   We love chocolate. Who doesn’t? But after many years of tasting both the very finest and the most mediocre chocolates, we have to admit we don’t find chocolate quite as exciting…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: Have A Fluffernutter Sandwich ~ It’s National Fluffernutter Day

Fluffernutter sandwiches require bread plus two fillings: peanut butter and marshmallow creme. Peanut butter was invented in 1890 but not mainstreamed in America until 1908 (see the history of peanut butter). Marshmallow, on the other hand, dates back to ancient Egypt, and marshmallow sauces were popular in the early 20th century (see marshmallow history). A…
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