PRODUCT: Waffle Pancakes Griddle

Fusion food of a different sort: waffle pancakes. Photo courtesy Williams-Sonoma.   Pancakes or waffles: Can’t decide? This innovative griddle from Nordic Ware makes it simple to prepare delectable waffled pancakes—pancakes textured like waffles—in a jiffy. The innovative cast-aluminum nonstick griddle produces seven 3″ diameter, crispy golden cakes with deep pockets for syrup or toppings.…
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VALENTINE GIFT: Sixth Course Chocolates

At a fine restaurant, after a five course dinner, including dessert, the sixth course is a dish of chocolates or mignardises with coffee. The founders of Sixth Course Artisan Confections describe them selves as “good pastry chefs [gone] rogue.” The Bay Area confectioners used Guittard couverture chocolate, made in San Francisco, along with local dairy…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Lower Calorie Piña Colada

In our youth, we used to have an annual “Tropical Winter” party on Valentine’s Day. It was for everyone who had nothing else to do, those who disliked Valentine’s Day and anyone who simply liked a good Piña Colada. Piña Coladas were the drink of the evening. The fare was tropical-inspired, from fruit skewers and…
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RECIPE: Valentine Deviled Eggs

Beet-ing heart deviled eggs for Valentine’s Day. Photo courtesy Andrews McNeel Publishing.   A delightful cookbook was published today for lovers of deviled eggs, D’Lish Deviled Eggs: A Collection of Recipes from Creative to Classic. The 50 recipes from chef Kathy Casey prove the case that deviled eggs are not just for summer picnics; they…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Food Chillers To Keep Party Food Cold

A Tilt “chilling sphere” plopped into a bowl of guacamole. Photo courtesy Soiree Home.   We recently received a pitch for “an iceless and flavorless stainless steel chilling sphere,” which “helps maintain a lasting chill for a variety of drinks and party dips without compromise.” The “compromise” is that perishable foods (those that are stored…
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