TIP OF THE DAY: New Uses For Specialty Dishes

[1] and [2] How many uses can you find for deviled egg plates and similar platters? Photo of “Naked Vegetables” at Vicia Restaurant | St. Louis | Facebook, credited to @ctroesser for @sophisticatedlivingmag. The dips are broccoli hummus, chorizo purée, strained yogurt, homemade butter and nasturtium salt (green). [3] Shrimp cocktail bites in Chinese soup…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pie Crust Cutters

Give your holiday pies some panache with these snowflake pie crust cutters from Williams-Sonoma. For a special holiday-themed pie, try this one from the Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen. Prep time is 60 minutes, cook time is 60 minutes.     RECIPE: CRANBERRY SNOWFLAKE PIE This recipe makes a deep-dish pie. If you don’t have a deep-dish…
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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Clean Your Coffee Grinder

[1] Large or small, a coffee grinder needs regular cleaning (photo courtesy Mr. Coffee). [2] Clean the grinder regularly with bread or rice (photo courtesy Coffee & Tea Newsletter). [3] Brush out fine grounds with a soft brush (photo courtesy Alibaba). You can also repurpose a clean makeup brush.   If you care enough about…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Give-Back Gifts

[1] Greyston’s very fine brownies are nut-free. there’s also a vegan chocolate brownie version (all photos courtesy Greyston). [2] All of the brownies are individually wrapped for freshness, and grab-and-go. [3] Greyston’s are the brownies in Ben & Jerry’s Double Fudge Brownie ice cream.   As you contemplate gift-giving this holiday season, how about gifts…
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NOVEMBER/THANKSGIVING COCKTAIL: Pumpkin Paradise From Tommy Bahama

We love the food at Tommy Bahama, so every time we receive a recipe from them, we make it (or ideally, head to the nearest Tommy Bahama restaurant and have it served to us, along with some delicious cuisine). This sophisticated cocktail is perfect for the month of November, until cranberry flavors take over in…
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