TIP OF THE DAY: Foie Gras Variées

Foie gras-stuffed prunes. Photo courtesy CaviarRusse.com. On festive occasions we serve “Foie Gras Variées,” a dinner plate comprising small amounts of different preparations that make a luxurious course. A prune stuffed with duck liver mousse, some mousse on a square of toasted brioche, a small slice of terrine of foie gras and some warm foie…
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RECIPE: Tequila Hot Chocolate For A Party

Tempting but not innocent—this Mexican hot chocolate is spiked with tequila. Photo courtesy of Dove Chocolate Discoveries. If you’re having a party, serve something stronger than the Chai Hot Chocolate in the post below. How about a tequila-spiked Mexican hot chocolate, courtesy of Tequila Cazadores? First you make the hot chocolate on the stove, using…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Thanksgiving Table Decor

Most Thanksgiving dinner tables become too filled with food to hold large floral arrangements. If you receive large arrangements, place them on the coffee table or other central place where everyone can enjoy them. But if you’d like some decor on your table, opt for one of the following quick-and-easy ideas: Cranberry-colored candles—either in candlesticks…
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ENTERTAINING: Thanksgiving Tea Party

Savor the aroma of a great cup of tea. Photo courtesy DenbyUSA.com. Tea is a relaxing social tradition, where friends get together to talk and enjoy each other’s company. Why not invite friends over for tea during Thanksgiving weekend? Many people are in town to see their families, and tea is an easy way to…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cranberry Royale Cocktail

Along with all of the wine recommendations below, here’s our favorite holiday apéritif, a version of a Kir Royale (Champagne with framboise—raspberry liqueur). Instead, serve Cranberry Royales as an apéritif this holiday season, a combination of cranberry liqueur and any sparkling wine. 1. First pour the cranberry liqueur into a Champagne flute—an inch or more,…
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