TIP OF THE DAY: Valentine Brownies, Quick Or Old School

[1] Share the love with heart-shape brownies. [2] Dutched cocoa removes the bitterness by adjusting the pH with alkali. [3] Use the best quality chocolate chips. We like Ghirardelli and Guittard (photos 1, 2 and 3 courtesy King Arthur Flour) [4] Dutched cocoa at left, and natural cocoa at right (photo courtesy Silk Road Spice…
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RECIPE: Peppadew Martini & More Ways To Use Peppadews

For Martini lovers, here’s a twist for Valentine’s Day: A peppadew stands in for a red heart on the cocktail pick, along with anything else you like. (Or, you can stack two or three peppadews on a pick.)     ADDITIONAL MARTINI GARNISHES Cocktail onion Cornichon/gherkin Cucumber chunk Lemon peel Olive Pepperoni slice Pickled garlic…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Drink Pink (& Red) For Valentine’s Day

[1] A favorite sweet treat: the Cosmopolitan. Here’s the recipe (photo courtesy Kitchen Swagger). [2] For savory palates, the Bloody Mary is spot on. Here are recipes (photo courtesy Bonefish Grill). [3] Pink sparkling: affordable and delicious (photo courtesy Martini & Rossi).   A couple of years ago, we proposed a Valentine’s Day dinner/buffet with…
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RECIPE: Apple Rose Mini Pies

If you’re considering what to bake for Mother’s Day, how about these pretty mini pies for Mother’s Day, or for National Apple Pie Day (May 14th)? We received the recipe from My Baking Addiction, a site with such tempting recipes that you’ll want to make them all. Currently featured on the home page are Banana…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Rosé Wine Ideas For Mother’s Day

[1] Sparkling rosé for Mother’s Day, Pata Negra also has a beautiful bottle (photo courtesy Pata Negra). [2] The different shades of rosé wines depend on the types of grapes and length of skin contact (photo courtesy JotDot). [3] Ditto! (photo courtesy Good Eggs). [4] Riedel’s new Fatto A Mano pink-stemmed rosé glass (photo courtesy…
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