FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Peppermint Patties

These are from the Wisconsin Cheeseman, but your own homemade peppermint patties will be a much bigger hit.   If you love peppermint patties, making them at home is easy. Combine 1 pound confectioner’s sugar, 3 tablespoons softened butter, 3 teaspoons peppermint extract and 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract. Mix in 1/4 cup evaporated milk.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Crushed Peppermint Magic

Crush a package of red spiral peppermints with a rolling pin between waxed paper. Keep them in an airtight jar. Then, use them to apply a touch of holiday flavor to ice cream, the rims of hot chocolate mugs, cupcake icing, other desserts, vanilla yogurt…whatever strikes your fancy (use a pinch to garnish to any…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Christmas Salad

Make your Christmas salad decidedly red and green.   Make a beautiful red-and-green Christmas salad by adding “red” greens to your “green” greens. If you can’t find the more exotic red lettuces (red leaf lettuce, red oak lettuce, red romaine, red mustard greens), most stores carry radicchio, the naturally red-veined chard and baby kale. For…
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TIP OF THE DAY: National Cupcake Day & Cupcake Recipes

A chocolate cupcake from Divvies, a line that is allergen-free.   Today is National Cupcake Day, so enjoy a cupcake—in fact, make some with a chocolate “surprise.” Make your favorite cupcake batter. Fill the cupcake liner halfway with batter, then insert a piece of chocolate from your favorite gourmet chocolate bar (the size should be…
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