TIP OF THE DAY: Exotic Fruit-Of-The-Month Club

Divide a dragonfruit at the dinner table. Photo courtesy Melissas.com. Dragonfruit, Korean pears, pomegranates and cinnamon persimmons are just four fruits in season now that most people have never tried. Others, like cherimoya, jackfruit and coquitos are available year-round. You can give these fruits as gifts (Melissas.com has individual boxes and monthly “club” gifts). But…
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Mince Pie Tarts For The Holidays, With A Cup Of Tea!

In the British tradition, mincemeat pie—often called mince pie for short in the U.S.—is as customary at Christmas as egg nog. Colonists brought mincemeat to America, and the tradition continued. Yet, have you ever had mince pie? To some people they’re almost myth-like, in that they’ve never seen one. Nor do they have any idea…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Deck the Hors

How festive are these! Stuff peppadews with feta or goat cheese. Photo courtesy PeppadewUSA.com. Be “seasonal” and include some red and green hors d’oeuvres at your holiday party. Some crowd-pleasers are very easy to make. Skewers. Take long toothpicks and bocconcini (1″ mozzarella balls—the word means “mouthfuls” in Italian) and stack one ball with a…
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RECIPE: Real Visions Of Sugarplums

Make sugarplums this Christmas! What exactly are sugarplums, visions of which danced in the heads of the children in Clement Moore’s famous poem, “The Night Before Christmas?” The original sugarplums were sugar-coated coriander (the seeds of cilantro). Tiny seeds coated with many layers of sugar were a popular confection known as a comfit (not confit);…
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GOURMET GIVEAWAY: A Fresh-Cut Green Valley Christmas Tree

Let Green Valley Christmas Trees take the hassle out of looking for the perfect tree. Photo courtesy Green Valley Christmas Trees. Sure, you could bundle yourself up in a parka and snow boots, trudge through the snow at a tree lot looking for the perfect Christmas tree, cut it down, drag it back to your…
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