TIP OF THE DAY: Low-Cost Champagne For Mother’s Day & Every Day

How much to spend on Mother’s Day champagne? Truth to tell, unless your group consists of That being said, the biggest value in champagne in the U.S. is likely the Kirkland brand from Costco. Made for Costco in France’s Champagne region, it costs just $20—half the price of other real champagnes. Kirkland Champagne lacks the…
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FOOD FUN: Lumberjack Cake

This impressive Lumberjack Cake was created by Elizabeth Marek of Artisan Cake Company of Portland, Oregon, and author of Visual Guide to Cake Decorating. Another of her works of art is the Lumberjack Cake, inspired by her husband, who chopped down their Christmas tree in a lumberjack jacket. Jenny Keller of Jenny Cookies Bakeshop in…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Your Fantasy Ice Cream Pie

One of the easiest yet impressive desserts you can make make is an ice cream pie. In its quickest form, you buy a cookie crumb pie crust, a quart of ice cream and a jar of dessert sauce. Press the softened ice cream into the crust, freeze, garnish and serve. Have a few extra minutes?…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Mashed Potato Bar

[1] Who can resist a mashed potato bar (photo courtesy Betty Crocker)? [2] Use whatever dishes you have for the toppings. They don’t have to match (photo courtesy Hormel Foods).[3] If your guests can cope with glass, use your Margarita and Martini glasses (photo courtesy Hormel Foods). [4] Keep the potatoes warm in a slow…
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