FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Holiday Shortcake

Use your cookie cutters to make a special holiday “ice cream cake.” Slice regular or chocolate pound cake into 1/2″to 3/4″-thick slices and use cookie cutters to cut shapes into the cake—trees and stars are especially nice. Top with vanilla, mint or candy cane ice cream, fresh strawberries and mint leaves, and drizzle with chocolate…
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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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FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Exotic Fruit Of The Month “Club”

Dragonfruit from Melissas.com.   Dragonfruit, Korean pears, pomegranates and cinnamon persimmons are just four fruits in season now that most people have never tried. Others, like cherimoya, jackfruit and coquitos, are available year-round. You can give these fruits as gifts (at Melissas.com). But give them to your own household, too. Pick a specific day of…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Gifts Of Everyday Yummies

Rick’s Picks: Great pickles and pickled vegetables. Read our review.   While many people search high and low for one Very Special Gift, there’s often nothing better to give food-lovers than the most delicious versions of everyday products they really enjoy. The best gourmet peanut butters, jams, chocolate bars, maple syrups, teas or mustards, e.g.,…
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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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