FOOD HOLIDAY: National Gumdrop Day

Mmm, gumdrops. Photo courtesy Farley’s & Sathers.   It’s National Gumdrop Day. Gumdrops are a chewy, brightly-colored, fruit-flavored confection, shaped like a truncated cone and coated in granulated sugar. When they’re flavored with spices (allspice, cinnamon, clove, licorice, peppermint and wintergreen, for example) they’re called spice drops. Outside the U.S., according to Wikipedia, the candy…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Low Calorie Buffalo Chicken Parfait

America loves its chicken wings, never more than on Super Bowl Sunday: 1.2 billion chicken wings will be consumed this weekend alone, enough to circle the globe twice! Truth to tell, we’re not a fan of such messy finger food (we don’t do messy well). That’s why we took an immediate liking to this recipe…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Start A Tradition, Make An Epiphany Cake

Crown your “king cake”; the person who finds the charm gets to wear the crown. Photo courtesy BainFrance.Blogspot.com.   Bûches de Noël, fruitcake and Christmas cookies are enjoyed throughout the holiday season. In France, the celebratory confections continue into January with an Epiphany cake, or galette des rois, French for kings’ cake (a galette is…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Hard Candy Day

December 19th is National Hard Candy Day. We’ve all had hard candy of some type: butterscotch, horehound drops, lemon drops, lollipops, mints, root beer barrels, sour balls and fruit flavors galore. Hard candy begins by boiling sugar and water, then adding flavors and colors. As the syrup boils, water evaporates and the sugar concentration increases.…
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BOOK: Marmalade, by Elizabeth Field

Marmalade could become your new signature dish. Photo courtesy Running Press.   When Elizabeth Field was growing up, she didn’t like the bitter orange marmalade that her parents loved to slather on toast. But as an adult, she was introduced to homemade marmalade and became a convert. Her new book, Marmalade, Sweet & Savory Spreads…
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