FOOD HOLIDAY: World Nutella Day

Nutella and Yogurt Breakfast Parfait Pops. Photo courtesy BakingAMoment.com. Here’s the recipe.   In 2011, two bloggerd declared February 5th to be World Nutella Day. Typically, holidays are official proclamations by a city, state or the federal government (here’s how it works). But in the wild frontier of the Internet, World Nutella Day became a…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make A Valentine Cocktail

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with a romantic interest, friends or family, make the occasion special with a Valentine cocktail. What makes a “Valentine” cocktail? Color—a shade of pink, rose or red. If you want a Champagne cocktail, garnish it with “Champagne grapes” (they’re actually Zante currants), a red berry or an edible flower. And…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Get A Heart-Shaped Cheese

Coeur de Bray, a heart-shaped Neufchâtel cheese. Photo courtesy Murray’s Cheese.   Different heart-shaped cheeses appear at this time of year, especially goat cheeses. But the first heart-shaped cheese, created in the 14th century, was Neufchâtel (NU-shah-tell), a soft-riped cow’s milk cheese with a white rind. Note that French Neufchâtel is different from the American…
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PRODUCT: Belvoir Non-Alcoholic Cordials

Individual-size bottles of Belvoir Elderflower Cordial and Elderflower & Rose Lemonade. Photo courtesy Belvoir Fruit Farms.   Instead of a Valentine mocktail, head straight to the delicious nonalcoholic cordials from Belvoir. While Americans use the word as a synonym for fruit liqueur, in the U.K. a cordial is a carbonated, fruit-flavored soft drink. Belvoir Fruit…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Marshmallows

As a treat for friends and family, try your hand at making marshmallows for Valentine’s Day. These chocolate marshmallows, by Christina Lane of DessertForTwo.com, are dipped in melted chocolate for a double-chocolate treat. They take only 15 minutes to make! Since this is “dessert for two,” the recipe makes 12 mini marshmallows. Make the first…
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