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FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Alcohol-Free Cocktails & Recipe

Cocktail
For guests who need a lift, this cocktail was made with sparkling grapefruit Hiball energy drink instead of regular soda.
  Instead of relegating non-drinking guests to an evening of mineral water, create a special alcohol-free cocktail menu to make their evening festive. Give it a sophisticated name for cachet. One option is the “Great Wall,” a combination of brewed jasmine tea and ginger ale. Brew a pot of jasmine tea and cool it in a pitcher like iced tea (1 teaspoon of tea per 2/3 cup water). Then mix 2/3 cup tea in a tall glass with 1/3 regular or diet ginger ale, ice, and a twist of lemon. This special drink will make your guest feel special, too…and also is a good option for guests who’ve reached their limit with regular cocktails. You can find seasonal cocktails with a kick in the Cocktails & Spirits Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.
 

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NEWS: Culinary Scholarship Available ASAP

The Italian Trade Commission is offering a scholarship to study Italian cuisine, to someone seeking to change careers. The recipient will study at New York City’s Italian Culinary Academy, sister school to The French Culinary Institute and alma mater to chefs such as The Food Network’s Bobby Flay, Blue Hill’s Dan Barber, WD-40’s Wylie Dufresne and Top Chef’s Lee Anne Wong, among others. But you need to hustle your toque: The application deadline is January 8th. For information on how to apply, visit (quickly!) ItalianCulinaryAcademy.com or telephone 1.888.324.CHEF.   Pasta DishApply for the scholarship, and your cuisine may reign supreme.
 

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RECIPES: Last Chance Easy Holiday Recipes

Chocolate Peppermint Pie
Who can resist Chocolate Peppermint Pie?
  Still searching for that special recipe for Christmas or New Year’s Eve?
– Turn your cheese tray into a Cheese Christmas Tree.
– Serve this crowd-pleasing Chocolate Peppermint Pie.
– Entertain the adults with this Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Float—impressive and made in seconds.
– Make elegant Cranberry Poached Pears, served with the delicious new Häagen-Dazs Caramelized Pear and Toasted Pecan Ice Cream.
– Try different egg nogs: Classic Rum Egg Nog, Chocolate Egg Nog, Coconut Egg Nog and Diet Egg Nog.
– For seasonal cocktails, we recommend a Cranberry Mojito and a Pomegranate Martini.



Find more recipes in THE NIBBLE online magazine. Go to Main Reviews, pick the food category of your interest, and check for recipes.

 

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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 sauce if you like. Use heart-shaped cookie cutters and other theme shapes to make this special (and easy) dessert for every holiday. If the poundcake isn’t dense, you may have to toast it lightly in order to cut out the shapes—but toasted cake is just as delicious. Click here for a pumpkin mousse recipe—another lovely, seasonal dessert in the Desserts & Ice Cream Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.   Snowflake Cookie Cutter
Buy a poundcake, cut shapes with your cookie cutters, and turn them into “holiday shortcake”
with whipped cream and berries.
 

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REVIEW: Sweet Muse Brownies

BrownieSweet Muse brownies are melt-in-your-mouth fudgy.   Need brownies? Sweet Muse makes hand-baked, individually wrapped gourmet brownies that are “inspirational indulgences,” because each is wrapped with an inspirational or philosophical quote. The moist fudge brownies are large enough and rich enough so that they can be shared with a friend and still provide satisfaction. Baked by an actress, the brownies “perform,” and are sure to get a round of applause from both children and adults—assuming the children you know are keen for toppings like toffee, coconut almond and peppermint candy. Read the full review. And find more of our favorite brownies in the Cookies & Brownies Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.

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