FOOD FUN: A Riff On Oreo Cookies For National Oreo Day

Some might think that we publish too many cheesecake recipes. But when cheesecake is one’s favorite comfort food, how many is too many? Plus, we need to get our last licks: “Cheesecake season” concludes at the end of spring. The dense cream cheese cheesecake we favor is too heavy for summer. So this may be…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Have An Apéritif

What’s an apéritif? How does it differ from a digestif? An apéritif is an alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite. It is usually dry and low in alcohol. Some people have a cocktail (a mixed drink), but many modern cocktails are considered by gastronomes to be too heavy or too sweet…
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VALENTINE’S DAY: Last Minute Gift

One of many thousands of ways to decorate a chocolate bar. Photo courtesy Chocomize.   If youve forgotten someone special, send an e-gift certificate for exciting gourmet chocolate bars from Chocomize. The giftee can decorate a standard 3.5-ounce or a heart-shaped chocolate bar with the toppings of his/her choice. First, the giftee picks the type…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make An Easy Rustic Apple Tart

“You are just seven ingredients away from this apple tart,” says Lauryn Cohen, a.k.a. the blogger Bella Baker. “It could be baking in your oven very, very soon. Just seven of the simplest, most standard ingredients (flour, sugar, butter, salt, water, apples, cinnamon) and a few easy to follow steps, and you’ve got yourself a…
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FOOD FUN: Strawberry Footballs

Go team! Jumbo strawberries dress up as footballs. Photo courtesy Godiva.   It takes time and expertise to pipe decorations, so these chocolate-dipped jumbo strawberries from Godiva are priced at $7.50 each. If that’s too rich for your pocket, try making your own, and buy icing in an easy-squeeze tube instead of trying to pipe…
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