TIP OF THE DAY: DIY Éclair Party

[1] Eclairs decorated by pastry great Johnny Iuzzini for Le Meridien hotels. [2] Decorated eclairs by Master Pastry Chef Michel Richard at Pomme Palais in New York Palace Hotel. [3] The Dsmile decorating pen makes it easy to decorate with designs or writing.   Éclairs are a special-occasion pastry. Only sugar-avoiders would turn down the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: DIY Wedge Salad Bar & Different Types Of Lettuce

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, restaurant menus offered hearts of lettuce salad with creamy dressings. The head was cut into quarters and plated with a slice of tomato for color. Homemakers were fans, too. The iceberg heads were sold fully trimmed, with little waste. It was easy to cut into wedges or slice into…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Customize Your St. Patrick’s Day Bagel

Green bagels are a novelty on St. Patrick’s Day. But here’s a more elegant way to enjoy your bagel, with green fruits and vegetables. The concept can be applied to any holiday or occasion with theme colors (see the lists below), and can be part of a bagel buffet for brunch. Bonus: It’s a way…
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TIP OF THE DAY: 10+ Ways To Flavor Meatballs

[1] Spaghetti-stuffed meatballs. Here’s the recipe from Thrillist (photo by Drew Swantak). [2] Lamb and feta meatballs; here’s the recipe from Smitten Kitchen. [4] Vietnamese who with meatballs. Here’s the recipe from Cooking And Beer. [5] Shanghai Lion’s Head; here’s the recipe from Serious Eats. [6] Floating meatballs made from turkey, in carrot soup with…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Congee, China’s Favorite Breakfast

Many Asians start their day with a warm bowl of congee. If you’re a fan of Cream Of Rice or Cream of Wheat porridges, you’re a lock to enjoy the rice-based Chinese version. This traditional Chinese dish has evolved from gruel to porridge* to a porridge mixed with bits of protein (chicken, pork, shrimp) and…
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