VALENTINE’S DAY: Last Minute Cupcake Ideas

A tiny heart turns a simple cupcake into a Valentine celebration. Photo courtesy BellaBaker.com.   Just one little candy heart turns seemingly plain cupcakes into a perfect Valentine’s Day treat. The flower design was added inspiration, but we actually prefer the minimalist approach—heart only—for its elegant simplicity. Head to the bakery and buy some cupcakes.…
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VALENTINE’S DAY: Scallops, Beets & Caviar

A delicious Valentine starter. Photo courtesy CalvisiusCaviar.com.   Calvisius white sturgeon caviar, which is farmed in California, is deliciously creamy, smooth and succulent. The silver-gray roe is medium-large in size and exhibits an intense aroma, firm texture, and slightly nutty flavor. It’s one of our favorite treats. Tonight we’ve re-creating this elegant yet simple starter…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Red Cooking For Chinese New Year

More than a billion Chinese people rang in the new year on February 10th (it’s the Year Of The Snake). This most important of Chinese holidays is celebrated for 15 days. So you’ve got plenty of time to whip up something special. You might not think of Pork and Potato Stew as a Chinese dish—it…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: Have Cheese Curds On Squeaky Cheese Day

Tillamook, one of the country’s greatest producers of Cheddar cheese, has declared today “Squeaky Cheese Day.” For those who haven’t had the pleasure, squeaky cheese refers to cheese curds, small Cheddar nuggets so fresh that they squeak when you eat them. Because of the short shelf life of cheese curds, they are normally sold only…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Last Minute Valentine Treats

There’s still time to make something special for Valentine’s Day, even if you’re a non-cook. Here are two sure-to-please ideas. Start with breakfast: Make strawberry or raspberry cream cheese for the morning toast’s or bagels. You can also use it for tea sandwiches. STRAWBERRY CREAM CHEESE RECIPE Ingredients 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 cup…
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