VALENTINE GIFT: A Peppercorn Plant (Piper Nigrum)

Many people grow herbs at home. How about peppercorns? If your Valentine has a green thumb, a peppercorn plant is a different kind of gift. You can grow one as a houseplant (photo #1); or if you live in a semi-tropical climate, you can grow it outdoors (here’s what you need to know to grow…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Sekt, Sparkling German Wine

https://www.guildsomm.com/public_content/features/articles/b/romana-echensperger/posts/german-sekt
https://www.trulyfinewine.com/germanwine101
https://blog.iwfs.org/2015/09/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-german-sekt/

https://www.winemag.com/2018/11/27/lets-talk-about-sekt/

GIFT: Meal Delivery Gift Card

A great gift for any occasion—and especially for a last-minute holiday gift—is a subscription to a meal delivery service. You can send it anytime, in the sum of your choice. The recipient gets an email with instructions on how to select and order his/her meals. We recently received a gift of a week of prepared…
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RECIPE: Holiday Meringue Drops

Austin, Texas has become a hot city to visit and move to, abetted by its ever-expanding food scene. One place of interest is Fluff Meringues & More is a modern patisserie that proffers European treats in a market full of cupcakes and Southern pecan pie. A meringue cookie is the opposite of these latter favorites.…
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STOCKING STUFFERS: Dandies Peppermint Marshmallows, Little Secrets Peppermint Pieces

Today’s stocking stuffers are for mint lovers.   1. DANDIES PEPPERMINT MARSHMALLOWS Dandies Peppermint Marshmallows are a limited-edition holiday treat. Dandies are all-natural, gelatin-free, vegan marshmallows. There’s no high fructose corn syrup or anything artificial: Cane sugar and tapioca syrup are used. Vegan marshmallows taste just like conventional marshmallows, but tapioca starch is used instead…
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