TODAY IN FOOD: It’s National Croissant Day

Is there a person reading this who does not enjoy a buttery croissant? (Alas, not all are made with butter…but avoid buying croissants at inexpensive delis, and eagerly seek out new bakeries to see what they have to offer.) Our only complaint is that the flaky puff pastry that is so delightful in the mouth…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cocoa Garnishes

For another variation, add chocolate confetti curls to your hot chocolate.   Place cute character cookies (the gourmet version of animal crackers) on the whipped cream topping of a cup of hot chocolate. Look for small, lightweight cookies with interesting shapes in your specialty food store. But don’t stop there. – See 25 ways to…
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TODAY IN FOOD: It’s Blueberry Pancake Day

While we never turn down a plate of pancakes, this is another one of those holidays where we must question the wisdom: Why have Blueberry Pancake Day when blueberries are out of season? Who wants to make pancakes with highly expensive, not very sweet, fresh blueberries, or with tart frozen ones? The best solution, we…
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ARTICLE: Pancake/Waffle & Syrup Glossaries

Polka Dot Ceramics Collection, available now at SurLaTable.com, $31.50 for four pieces as shown (the feathered chickens are $9.95 and $19.95).   We received our weekly marketing email from Sur La Table today. If only we had room for all of the wonderful merchandise they dangle in front of us! As New York City apartment…
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FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Breakfast Banana Split

For a healthy and festive breakfast, split a ripe banana, add two or three small scoops of cottage cheese topped with different flavors of yogurt and different fresh fruits. Sprinkle with granola or cereal flakes and you have a delicious “banana split.” (It’s a variation on a yogurt parfait.) Or, try this recipe from Del…
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