TIP OF THE DAY: A Holiday Hot Toddy

Mulled cider can be a cocktail (add gin or whisky) or mocktail. Photo courtesy Zaya Rum.   The expression “cup of good cheer” that comes to us from Merrie Olde England refers to hot mulled cider and wine. Whether or not you have a fireplace, horse and sleigh, invite friends over to share that cup,…
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GIFT: Chocolate For Sports Fans

Pass the pigskin—we want some chocolate. This life-size football is available in dark, or white chocolate from fine chocolatier Li-Lac Chocolates. At 11 x 6″ x 6.5″ and 2.2 pounds of premium chocolate, the football is $48.00. If football isn’t your sport, there are: Chocolate basketballs, a life-size 10″ diameter and 3.5 pounds of chocolate,…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day

Do you know what this is? Chances are, you’ve consumed it (and some people consume it a lot!). Photo by Bob Walker | Wikimedia.   Today is National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day. Yes, some of these official food holidays are quirky. But each one offers a teaching moment. There are only six plants on…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Festive Food Presentation

Make your food look more beautiful this holiday season. Sometimes, exciting food isn’t about complex cooking skills, but in an artistic outlook. The difference between your presentation and that at a fine restaurant may simply be a colorful and imaginative garnish. This red snapper from Aureole in New York City uses two chef techniques: Plating…
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