RECIPE: Red Velvet Pancakes

Red velvet pancakes: use seasonal garnish for July 4th, Christmas, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. Photo courtesy Taste Of Home.   For a special Valentine’s Day breakfast, brunch or lunch, Taste Of Home magazine suggests these red velvet pancakes. Red food works for July 4th and Christmas, of course. Just vary the garnish: Christmas: mint…
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RECIPE: Homemade Peppermint Patties

February 11th is National Peppermint Patty Day. Whip up a batch today, and make extras to hand out on Valentine’s Day. (For Valentine patties, top with heart-shaped sprinkles or Conversation Hearts.) IS IT PATTY OR PATTIE? Whether it’s candy, meat or veggies, to be perfectly correct, the spelling is patty. Patties is the plural form,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Kitchen Torch

The kitchen torch, culinary torch, cooking torch or [less poetically] butane torch is used by chefs and sophisticated home cooks. Today’s handy culinary torch descends from the heavy duty blowtorches, long used by gold and silversmiths (the first patent dates to 1791). While its most famous kitchen use is to caramelize the sugar on the…
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RECIPE: Russian Cocktail

Do a Google search for “Russian Cocktail” and the first 30 pages are for Black Russians and White Russians. We stopped looking at that point. No simple “Russian Cocktail” could be found. But the folks at Grey Goose tell us that this Prohibition-era drink is the oldest vodka cocktail found in print. They shared the…
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VALENTINE RECIPE: Cherry Nut Dip Or Spread For Crackers Or Veggies

Last year our suggestion of foods for a Valentine’s Day “pink party” was very well received. So we’ll build on that list of pink foods with another recipe this year. Here’s a dip from the Cherry Marketing Institute, made pink with cherry juice or the stronger cherry juice concentrate. You can also use this cherry…
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