TIP OF THE DAY: Mardi Gras Party

Shrimp and Grits, a popular Mardi Gras dish. Here’s a video recipe. Photo courtesy MackenzieLtd.com.   Mardi Gras is a week away: Tuesday, February 17th. Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday” and called Shrove Tuesday in English, is part of the Catholic Carnival celebration beginning on Epiphany and ending the day before Ash Wednesday. The…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cherry Jell-O Shots For Valentine’s Day

Shot glasses are elegant, but for a crowd, you need plastic Jell-O shot cups. Photo courtesy GreatPartyRecipes.com.   No Valentine’s Day plans yet? Invite friends over for cherry Jell-O shots made from cherry vodka or liqueur. If you prefer, you can make raspberry or strawberry shots instead, or an assortment of flavors. You can substitute…
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PRODUCT: Raisin Bran With Cranberries

New: Kellogg’s Raisin Bran with Cranberries. Photo courtesy Kellogg’s.   We commit to eating a whole grain breakfast every day, trying to build up to our our Daily Value of 48 grams of whole grain (here’s why). We tend to alternate among Cheerios, Shredded Wheat and oatmeal. We don’t buy Raisin Bran often enough. But…
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FOOD FUN: Strawberry Cake With Strawberry Heart-Shaped Macarons

Steph, a blogger in Sydney, Australia, created this masterpiece: a fluffy vanilla cake layered with strawberry and balsamic vinegar icing, topped with heart-shaped macarons filled with the same icing strawberry-balsamic icing. The recipe is on her website, RaspberriCupcakes.com. In Italy, fresh strawberries with a few drops of fine aged balsamic vinegar are a popular dessert.…
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FOOD FUN: Chocolate Pills

A cure for some: chocolate pills. Photo courtesy Fika.   If you have a friend suffering from heartache, how about chocolate pills for a Valentine’s Day cure? These pills are roasted and caramelized hazelnuts and almonds, enrobed in 70% dark chocolate. The prescription for instant happiness: 3-5 chocolate covered nuts daily. A bottle of Chocolate…
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