TIP OF THE DAY: Alternatives To Champagne

You’ve just spent a pile of money on Christmas. Do you have to spend a mini-pile on Champagne for a crowd on New Year’s Eve? Nope. For starters you can head to Costco and pick up Kirkland Signature Brut Champagne for $19.99 a bottle, compared to a minimum of $27.99 or more for our favorite…
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RECIPE: Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes

Here’s a cheesecake recipe developed for Christmas and New Year’s Eve: Eggnog Cheesecake! These mini cheesecakes with a gingersnap crust are from Driscolls.com. For a clean presentation, invest in a mini cheesecake pan (with removable bottoms); or bake the cheesecakes in festive paper baking cups (also known as cupcake or muffin papers) in a standard…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Party Picks, Fancy Toothpick Skewers

If you like to add a flourish to your party food, consider fancy party picks. They not only make the food look better, but can also serve as party favors or stocking stuffers (at about $5.00 per box). These special party picks, found on Amazon.com, will make your hors d’oeuvre even tastier: Holiday party picks,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: 11 Exciting Bloody Mary Garnishes

New Year’s Day is also National Bloody Mary Day. So today’s tip is: Find a new garnish for your Bloody Marys, and change it up every year. A celery stalk garnish and optional lemon or lime wheel was de rigeur 20th century. Savvy hosts replaced them with a fennel stalk for the new millennium (there’s…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Champagne Cocktails

The easy way out is to uncork the Champagne, pour and serve. The fun way is to offer a menu of Champagne cocktails. When it comes to New Year’s Eve cocktails, we have a favorite: Champagne or other bubbly mixed with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, a French import made by a family-owned Parisian company. At…
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