RECIPE: Christmas Oysters

Marinated with some heat, garnished with red and green, we could eat a dozen of these Christmas oysters. Photo courtesy Louisiana Seafood.   Oysters are a treat at any time of the year. The old advice to avoid them except in months that end in “r” came from the time before refrigeration, to avoid potential…
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GOURMET GIFT: Caviar Cream & Caviar Powder From Petrossian

The latest innovative way to enjoy caviar: Caviar Cream. Photo courtesy Petrossian.   The Petrossian brothers introduced caviar to Paris and went on to become the premier buyer and importer of Russian caviar worldwide. You’d think that just providing the world’s finest caviar would have been enough. But the company has outdone itself in innovation.…
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GIFT: Make Your Own Goat Cheese Kit

This box will turn you into a goat cheese maker. Photo courtesy Belle Chevre.   Ever wanted to make your own cheese? Are you a lover of goat’s milk cheese—or do you know one? Then here’s the perfect item: Belle Chevre’s Do It Yourself Goat Cheese Kit. It’s so easy (and fun) to make goat…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make A Cheese Christmas Tree

By the 18th century, candles lit up Christmas trees (how did they not set the place on fire? Engraving by John Whetten Ehninger published in 1870 in Harper’s Bazaar magazine. Image courtesy Wikimedia.   This tip is about making a cheese Christmas tree. But first, here’s the history of the Christmas tree, also called a…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Brioche, The Most Buttery Bread

A brioche bun is a breakfast delight. Photo by Elena Moiseeva | IST.   Almost 200 years ago, Brie was crowned the Queen of Cheeses. Following the Battle of Waterloo (June 18, 1815), representatives of 30 nations convened in Vienna to reconstruct the map of Europe. It wasn’t all work: During a lively discussion on…
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