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 © Budget Bytes). [2] A bowl of plain fideo (photo © Cook Diary). [3] Barilla makes fideo, as well as Hispanic specialists like Goya (photo © Barilla).   October is National Pasta Month, an occasion to explore and try different types of pasta. May we…
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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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