TIP OF THE DAY: Double-Crème And Triplè-Creme Cheeses

Serving bubbly for Christmas or New Year’s Eve? The perfect cheese to serve with Champagne or other sparklers is a double-crème or a triple-crème. Double- and triple-creme cheeses have a distinctive texture (very creamy) and flavor (buttery). Extra cream is added before the curd is formed, creating the heavenly richness.   DOUBLE CRÈME CHEESES According…
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RECIPE: Currant Cocktail

Currantlicious: currant juice, vodka and triple sec. Photo courtesy CurrantC.   We are huge fans of CurrantC black currant juice. It looks like grape juice, but don’t let that fool you: It’s a bit grape-like, but currant tastes distinctive, bold, pleasantly tart and sophisticated. It’s the kind of juice wine drinkers would choose if they…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: Cobbler, Crisp & Crumble ~ What’s The Difference?

There’s a group of cooked fruit desserts with crumb or pastry toppings that are similar enough to be confusing. Since today is National Cherry Cobbler Day, we’ll review the differences. BETTY or BROWN BETTY A betty is a crisp (see below) topped with buttered bread crumbs or bread pieces instead of streusel or another topping.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Grits ~ Not Just A Side At Breakfast

A bag of premium grits from Charleston Favorites. Photo by Saidi Granados | THE NIBBLE.   Three-quarters of grits purchased in the U.S. are sold in the South; the area stretching from Virginia to Texas is sometimes referred to as the “grits belt.” This tip is for everyone who lives outside of it. But before…
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FOOD 101: The Difference Between Coffee & Espresso

We keep these stackable espresso cups right next to our espresso machine. Photo courtesy Harold Imports | AMZ.   The flavors of espresso are very concentrated, intense and dark. Espresso is drunk black; sugar is permissible but milk is not. If you want milk in your coffee, choose another dark roast bean: Italian Roast and…
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