TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: St Pierre Bakery Brioche & Belgian Waffles

[1] Delicious brioche can be eaten plain or with a spread, here Nutella (all photos courtesy St Pierre Bakery). [2] A more elegant breakfast pastry: a chocolate chip brioche roll. [3] Individually-wrapped waffles in butter or cinnamon-sugar flavors can be grab-and-go snacks, warmed for breakfast, topped for dessert, or turned into sandwiches like this ham…
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FOOD 101: For National Mocha Day, The History Of Mocha

September 29th is National Mocha Day. It’s also National Coffee Day, celebrating mocha’s parents—coffee (the other is chocolate. What is mocha (MO-kuh), and where did it come from?     MOCHA HISTORY The coffee bean, which was first discovered growing wild in Ethiopia, was not extensively cultivated until the 15th and 16th centuries. Then, extensive…
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TIP OF THE DAY: 25 “Double” Pie Or Tart Garnishes

[1] Pecan pie with whipped cream and caramel corn (photo courtesy Edwards Desserts). [2] Chocolate tart à la mode with chocolate sauce and a salted peanut counterpoint (at Le Colonial | New York City). Pumpkin pie with an easy garnish: caramel sauce and walnuts (photo courtesy King Arthur Flour). [4] Pumpkin pie with a bit…
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RECIPE: Bake A Cake With Beer

Another cake following on the heels of yesterday’s pound cake recipe? Yes, because September 28th is National Drink Beer Day. We’re not only suggesting a beer to drink; we’re giving you a cake recipe that uses the same beer, witbier. Belgian witbier, also known as white beer, bière blanche, or simply witte (photo #3), is…
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RECIPE: Pineapple Pound Cake & The History Of Pineapple

[1] Pineapple pound cake recipe (photos #1 and #2 plus recipe © Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog). [2] If you don’t use a glaze, serve it à la mode. [3] Pineapples are ready to use when you buy them. They don’t ripen after they’re picked (photo © Produce Marketing Guide).   Since the pineapple first…
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