HALLOWEEN: Wines For The Occasion

Which witch is that on Les Sorcières wine? Photo courtesy 1Jour1Vin.com.   Your wine store should feature some “special Halloween wines” if you’d like to serve (or make a gift of) a theme wine. While it might take some time to track down all of the following wines, consider this advance notice for a sophisticated…
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TIP: Things To Do With Tomato Juice

A custom-flavored glass of tomato juice is a delicious drink. Photo by Ockra | IST.   We love tomato juice as a drink (spicy Virgin Mary) and a cooking ingredient. Most people we know never buy it, unless they’re planning to serve Bloody Marys at a party. So today’s tip spans the wonderful world of…
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FOOD FUN: Candy Corn Fudge

Fudge in an homage to candy corn. Photo courtesy The Pampered Chef.   October 30th is National Candy Corn Day. According to the National Confectioners Association, more than 20 million pounds of candy corn are sold during the Halloween season.   CANDY CORN HISTORY The iconic confection was created in the late 1880s by George…
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HOLIDAY: National Oatmeal Day

It’s National Oatmeal Day. The original oatmeal enthusiasts were the Scots, who were eating them many centuries ago when their English neighbors were only growing oats as livestock feed. The groats—the hulled kernels of the cereal—required soaking overnight and cooking for perhaps 30 minutes, so oatmeal was not exactly a convenience breakfast. But modern processing…
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RECIPE: Halloween Or Thanksgiving Cocktail

The Bar at Clement in The Peninsula New York has whipped up this beautiful cocktail for Halloween or Thanksgiving. It’s called the “Drunken Pumpkin Pie”; but since there’s no pumpkin in the recipe, you may wish to give it another name. The flavor is creamy coffee with cinnamon accents—still spot on for the season. (Mixologists…
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