TIP OF THE DAY: Black-Eyed Peas For New Year’s Day

It’s a Southern tradition to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for prosperity in the new year. It may actually stem from an ancient Sephardic Jewish custom of eating them on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. This “good luck” tradition is recorded in the Babylonian Talmud, compiled circa 500 C.E., and includes other…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Berries In Champagne

For an easy, light dessert to cap off your New Year’s Eve dinner, we nominate berries marinated in Champagne or other sparkling wine. Some sparkling wines are vinified to be sweet (see below). But if you can’t find one, or have dry sparkling wine on hand, you can mix it with a bit of agave…
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RECIPE: Eggnog Martini

For Christmas or New Year’s Eve, how about a fun and flavorful Eggnog Martini? You can buy eggnog in the supermarket and mix multiple portions in a pitcher. RECIPE: EGG NOG MARTINI Ingredients For 1 Drink 3-1/2 ounces eggnog 1-1/2 ounces vanilla vodka (make it or buy it) Splash of cinnamon liqueur (see below) Garnish:…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Yellow Tail Sparkling Rosé

If you’re buying sparkling wine for Christmas or New Year’s Eve, you may be tempted to buy Champagne. But unless your guests are wine connoisseurs, you can have just as pleasant an experience with other sparkling wines, for a third to half of the price of the least expensive bottle of Champagne. Champagne is a…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Antipasto Platter With Cocktails

Contemplating what to serve during cocktail hour as guests arrive for Christmas or New Year’s Eve? There are dips, chips, crudités, cheese plates, hot and cold hors d’oeuvre and other possibilities to consider. But a recent email from Baldor Specialty Foods rang true: Let people pick what they want from an antipasto table. Just set…
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