TIP OF THE DAY: Bake Biscuits On Sunday Mornings

✔ Smoked salmon with dilled cream cheese: check. ✔ Great brunch food: check. ? Homemade biscuits, warm from the oven: check? With all the good bread options available at retail, including refrigerated rolls biscuits, the art of the homemade-from-scratch biscuit is practiced less and less often. Why not make one Sunday a month Biscuit Sunday,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Sweet Or Savory French Toast

Top: French Toast smothered in sautéed apples (photo courtesy Peapod). Center: French Toast Casserole: even easier than regular French Toast (photo courtesy Driscoll’s). Bottom: Savory French Toast (photo courtesy Castello Cheese).   Making perfectly round pancakes is not among our cooking skills. Long before we discovered the gadget known as a pancake batter dispenser, we’d…
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RECIPE: Quinoa Grain Bowl For Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

[1] A new approach to breakfast: egg with grain and veggie (photo and recipe © Good Eggs | San Francisco). [2] Quinoa fried rice topped with an egg (photo © P.F. Chang’s).   A BRIEF BACKGROUND ON BREAKFAST TRADITIONS There’s a yummy recipe for a quinoa breakfast bowl below. But first, a word about breakfast.…
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BEST BRUNCH: UrbanSpace Vanderbilt

Head to UrbanSpace Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Avenue and 45th Street in Manhattan. It’s the block north of Grand Central Terminal, and our new favorite food hall. Its parent company, Urbanspace, “cultivates creatively rich environments, places where local makers collaborate, exchange ideas, and showcase their wares.” Why run all over New York City to find what’s…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Vermouth & Tapas, For Brunch & Cocktails

Vermouth is enjoying a renaissance. Vermouth (ver-MOOTH) is a fortified wine—one that includes a base spirit—flavored with a proprietary mixture of botanicals (roots, barks, flowers, seeds, herbs, spices). A glass of sweet red vermouth with an orange slice or twist was long a fashionable apéritíf for café society*. In Barcelona today, vermouth and tapas are…
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