RECIPE: Holiday Sangria For National Sangria Day (December 20th)

It’s ironic that National Sangria Day is celebrated in the gray cold of winter*, when it’s traditionally considered a summer drink. But December 20th is National Sangria Day, and more sangria fans have been enjoying it year-round. As the recipe below shows, you can easily turn sangria into a winter refreshment. Get seasonal with the…
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KITCHEN GADGET: Churro Maker

[1] Churros made with the San Diablo Artisan Churro Maker (photos #1 and #2 © San Diablo Churros). [2] This tube-shaped device turns the dough into churros, ready to fry or bake. [3] Party idea: a Fiesta Churro Bar, with DIY sauces and garnishes. Here’s the recipe (photo © BHG). [4] How about spicy churro…
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BOOK GIFT: Fruit Cake ~ Recipes For The Curious Baker

Wait! Don’t run! We’re not talking about Aunt Patty’s brick-in-a-box. Here’s a stunner of a book by Jason Schreiber. He’s a favorite food stylist of Martha Stewart (she wrote the foreword). It’s not the cookbook you might imagine. The book could just have easily been called Fruit with Cake, or Cake and Fruit, or even…
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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Tell If A Pear Is Ripe…& Ways To Serve Pears

World Pear Day is December 8th. Pears are one of the few fruits that don’t ripen successfully on the tree. They’re picked when they have reached full size, but before the onset of ripening. It sounds simple: To test if a pear is ripe, apply gentle pressure to the neck area (photo #1). If it…
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HOLIDAY GIFT: Vosges Healer Collection ~ Chocolate Alchemy Truffles

[1] Vosges Haut Chocolat’s brilliant box for Holiday 2020: Chocolate Alchemy Truffles (all photos © Vosges Chocolate). [2] A close-up of the insides shows how beautifully artistic each detail is. To give you an idea of the size, the spheres and triangles are the size of regular bonbons. For the large orbs: Bring a knife!…
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