TIP OF THE DAY: Carve Some Halloween Cheese

A few days ago we recommended cheeses to create a beautiful Halloween-themed cheese plate, featuring artisan cheeses. But not everybody likes fancy cheeses, or has the budget to purchase them. So here’s Plan B: Halloween cheese fun that anyone can afford.   JACK O’LANTERN CHEESE BALL Make your favorite cheese ball recipe and turn it…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Lindor Pumpkin Spice Truffles From Lindt

[1] Glamorized Pumpkin Spice Truffles: Lauren of Climbing Grier Mountain tops the truffles with a bit of frosting and gold sprinkles. [2] Boxes of Lindor truffles are available at retailers nationwide (photo courtesy JunkBanter.com). [3] For larger sizes, head to LindtUSA.com. This bag contains 75 truffles. [4] You don’t have to be a professional like…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Fideo, “Mexican Spaghetti” & Soup Pasta

[1] Sopa de Fideo, a popular Mexican comfort food (photo courtesy http://BudgetBytes.com). [2] A bowl of plain fideo (photo courtesy CookDiary.net). [3] Barilla makes fideo, as well as Hispanic specialists like Goya (photo courtesy Barilla).   October is National Pasta Month, an occasion to explore and try different types of pasta. May we suggest fideo?…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Chestnuts, Briefly In Season

[1] To roast chestnuts, cut an X on the flat side. [2] Chestnut soup, a don’t-miss seasonal treat. [3] Brussels sprouts with roasted chestnuts from MyRecipes.com).   While canned chestnuts, and more recently, ready-to-eat vacuum-bagged chestnuts, can be found year-round, fresh chestnuts season lasts for only about two months. Now is the time to enjoy…
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FOOD FUN: Jim Beam Caramel Apples (Or Other Favorite Whiskey)

To celebrate its Apple Bourbon—available year-round but especially popular in fall recipes—Jim Beam has stepped beyond cocktails to caramel. Yes, you can dip your caramel apples into an easy homemade caramel that incorporates a cup of Jim Beam Apple Bourbon. No time to buy Jim Beam Apple Bourbon? Use what you’ve got on hand (including…
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