TIP OF THE DAY: Red Caviar Hearts For Easy Valentine Hors d’Oeuvres

Take those heart-shaped cookie cutters and make heart-stopping hors d’oeuvres—or a first course—with toast, sour cream or crème fraîche and red caviar. Buy the best white bread or brioche, toast it, let the toast cool, and then cut the heart shapes. Spread with sour cream/crème fraîche, then top with one or several different red caviars:…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pâtes de Fruit

Coincidentally, since our prior post was about Michael Recchiuti’s new cassis gelée chocolate, our tip of the day focuses on pâte de fruits—a.k.a. fruit gelée or fruit jellies, although we hesitate to use these terms because these have nothing to do with American candies like Chuckles and jellied watermelon slices, made with “fruit flavoring.” Pâtes…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Marshmallow Valentines

Artisan marshmallows like these, flavored with real lavender buds, can be as pretty as a box of chocolates.   If your Valentine doesn’t like chocolate, how about marshmallows? Gourmet marshmallows come in a variety of flavors that will delight the young and charm the food sophisticate. In addition to Valentine gifts, we like serve them…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Valentine Cake

Make these individual Valentine cakes with a 3-inch heart cookie cutter.   Bake your sweetie a devil’s food chocolate cake with our Valentine cake recipe from Michael Recchiuti. It uses a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut mini-heart cakes from a sheet cake. For one large cake, heart-shaped cake pans are available at any kitchen supply…
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PRODUCT REVIEW: Valentine’s Day Gifts

Our Valentine’s Day gift lists have something for everyone—including wonderful calorie-free gifts. (But the Recchiuti chocolates, above, aren’t on that particular list.)   If you’re not all set for Valentine’s Day, take a look at our lovingly-selected picks (in alphabetical order, by category):- Chocolate For Connoisseurs– Diet Valentine Gifts (no carb, no cal, no sugar)-…
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