TIP OF THE DAY: Toasty Panettone

Panettone photo by Gabriel T. / SXC. Did you get a panettone for Christmas? Panettone, a medieval Italian Christmas yeast bread dotted with candied lemon peel, orange peel and raisins, is the Italian version of fruitcake—a popular Christmas gift. Panettone is tall, dome-shaped and airy (some say fluffy), in contrast to the other famous Christmas…
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RECIPE: And A Partridge In A Cheese Tree

Perhaps there’s still time to rearrange your cheese tray into a Christmas tree. All you need are cubes of cheese (the tree in the photo uses different flavors of Cabot Cheddar), grape tomatoes and some fresh thyme. The star on the top of the tree is a carved mushroom cap. If you don’t have the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Holiday Shortcake

Copper cookie cutter from Amazon. Use your cookie cutters to make a special holiday “shortcake” or ice cream sandwich. 1. For an ice cream “shortcake,” slice regular or chocolate pound cake into 1/2″-3/4″ slices and use large cookie cutters to cut shapes into the cake—use a tree- or star-shaped cutter for Christmas. If the cake…
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RECIPE: Cranberry Tequila Cocktail

Deck the halls with Cranberry Tequila Cocktails. Photo courtesy Don Julio. If you’re looking for a cocktail to spread some holiday cheer, look no further than this festive cranberry tequila cocktail. The recipe, courtesy of Brian Van Flandern, Tequila Don Julio Global Brand Ambassador, is made with a clove-infused agave nectar. Not familiar with agave…
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CELEBRATION: The Feast Of The Seven Fishes On Christmas Eve

We’re having Chef Daniel Boulud’s tuna tartare, topped with caviar, at our Feast Of The Seven Fishes. Here’s the tuna tartare recipe. While the Feast of the Seven Fishes may have roots in Southern Italy, today it is a purely an Italian-American tradition. The Christmas Eve dinner is celebrated with a feast of—you guessed it—seven…
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