TIP OF THE DAY: Fast Decorating With Chips

Need a quick dessert, but want a touch of both fancy and homemade? Grab store-bought cupcakes or cake and a bag of baking chips, regular or mini. They’re available in a rainbow of flavors/colors: butterscotch, cappuccino, caramel, cherry, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, mint, peanut butter, peppermint (white chips with bits of candy cane) and vanilla…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Ingredients For Dazzling Desserts

Dessert lovers: This one’s for you. Today’s tip is adapted from an article by Ann Pietrangel on Care2.com. To get recipes attached to the tips, see the original article. Pietrangel interviewed Chicago-based pastry chef and restauranteur Malika Ameen, a Top Chef Just Desserts contestant and proprietor of By M Desserts. Ameen recommends five ingredients that…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Sorbet Toppings

Typically, if you get any garnish with a scoop of sorbet, it’s a mint leaf, berry, lemon peel curl or other variation of the fruit used to make the sorbet. But how about preserves? We were inspired by this photo from Vivoli, a gelateria in Florence, Italy, of pineapple sorbet with pineapple preserves. Yum! So…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Trick Out Your Taco

Recently we discovered Tacombi, a taco concept that began five years ago on the beaches of Mexico. There, the chef turned a converted Volkswagen microbus into a taco truck. Last year Tacombi moved shop to the Nolita neighborhood of New York City, serving tacos and Mexican beers from the different culinary regions of Mexico. Check…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Frizzled Onions

Frizzled onions are a delicious garnish on just about anything. Photo courtesy Silk Road Palace | New York City.   Onion rings are a calorie splurge, not including all the sugar- or worse, the high fructose corn syrup-laden ketchup they’re topped with. But you can enjoy a few “frizzled onions,” thin shoestring slices, with less…
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