RECIPE: Mini Champagne Cupcakes

Mini champagne cupcakes. Photo courtesy Golden Blossom Honey.   If you celebrate the New Year with champagne or other bubbly, how about some champagne mini cupcake to take a sweet bite of the new year? This recipe is from Golden Blossom Honey, a fourth generation family company whose honey is 100% American-made (not cheap Chinese…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Apple Cider Bar

Hot raspberry cider. Photo courtesy Driscoll’s Berries. Here’s the recipe.   A few months ago we created a feature on party food bars: Breakfast & Brunch Bar Drinks & Snacks Food Bar Desserts Food Bar Lunch & Dinner Food Bar   Our drinks bars included the different ways to serve Bloody Marys, lemonade and iced…
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RECIPE: Tiramisu Cupcakes

Mmm, mmm: tiramisu cupcakes. Photo courtesy BellaBaker.com.   For more than a few people, a mini cupcake at midnight is the right way to start the new year. This recipe marries tiramisu with cupcakes, filling the soft, moist cupcake with tiramisu, the luscious Italian dessert made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped…
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NEW YEARS EVE: Chocolate Caviar Tart Or Tartlet

Dominique Ansel, the acclaimed pastry chef who invented the Cronut, has an entire store full of delicious things to eat. For New Year’s Eve, anniversaries and other special occasions, we like his chocolate caviar tartlet*. He fills a chocolate tart crust with caramel coffee cream and tops it with chocolate caviar pearls and gold leaf.…
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FOOD FUN: Penguin Oreos

The perfect Oreo for Christmas, New Year’s Eve and black tie occasions. Photo courtesy Mackenzie Limited.   How do you make Oreo cookie even better? Turn them into penguins! These adorable Oreo penguins aren’t inexpensive: 12 cookies are $42.95 at MackenzieLtd.com. But if you’re game to make your own, head to the store for the…
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