TIP OF THE DAY: Bhutanese Red Rice & Pilaf Recipe

Bhutanese red rice has been available in specialty stores and online for a decade or more, but most of us haven’t tried it. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, how about some red rice on your table? It’s a whole grain, high in fiber from its crimson bran. The red color comes from its anthocyanins,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Stabilized Whipped Cream

[1] Chocolate lasagna: a happy Valentine Dessert (photo © Persnickety Plates | Amanda’s Cookin’. [2] Stabilized whipped cream doesn’t collapse (photo © Kuhn Rikon).   We love whipped cream, and we don’t care for Cool Whip. (Sure, we ate it in college from the container, like the other girls in the dorm. But not since.)…
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VALENTINE’S DAY: Heart Fruit Skewers

There’s no need to pack on the calories for Valentine’s Day. Make these Valentine Fruit Skewers. You can serve them at breakfast, or for snacking. Or, enjoy them as a filling dessert before you dig into the box of chocolate.   RECIPE: VALENTINE HEART FRUIT SKEWERS Ingredients Use whatever fruit appeals to you as you…
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RECIPE: Sparkling Rose Cocktail For Valentine’s Day

A sparkling red cocktail for Valentine’s Day (photo courtesy Suerte Tequila).   That’s rose, not rosé, referring to the color of this drink recipe from Suerte Tequila. Even if you have no plans for Valentine’s Day, whip up one of these and you’ll have a special occasion. It’s a tequila-and-prosecco cocktail with pomegranate juice and…
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VALENTINE’S DAY: Chocolate & Cheese Plate Pairings

We often enjoy a cheese plate for dessert, and sometimes add a piece of dark chocolate to it. Castello Cheese has taken the idea further, creating an entire dessert platter. They’ve chosen three of their cheeses—Castello Creamy Havarti, Blue Crumbles, and Double Crème White. We’re modifying that a bit with our own choices: brie or…
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