TIP OF THE DAY: Fried Leeks Garnish

Fried leeks are the elegant relative of fried onion rings. Chefs at fine restaurants use them to top steaks and fish for visually arresting height and palate-pleasing crunch. The deep fried leek strips are equally at home atop a burger or eggs: omelet, poached or scrambled. In the recipe in the photo, executive chef/owner Christopher…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Garnish With Starfruit

Whatever your holiday cocktail or soft drink, a garnish of bright yellow starfruit is an easy way to make it festive. Larger starfruit slices can be notched and set on the rim of the glass (see photo). Smaller slices can be threaded onto a cocktail pick—alone, or with a red raspberry and green mint leaf.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Bloody Mary Garnishes

Many people add a celery stalk to a Bloody Mary. But how about a fennel stalk instead? It has the same crunch with a much more flavor. Or, use other vegetable garnishes, from dilly beans to pickled asparagus. And how about a glass rimmer, from celery salt to cracked black pepper? There are so many…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pomegranate Seeds

Pomegranates are an unusual fruit. There’s no flesh, per se, inside that big red globe. Instead, there are scores of seeds, each covered with a translucent, ruby-colored juice sac. The seeds in the juice sac are called arils, a term that refers to a specialized outgrowth that covers the seeds. The edible parts of the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Starfruit (Carambola)

Don’t pass up the opportunity to decorate your food with starfruit this season. These “edible stars” can be used just about everywhere: A garnish on anything from drinks to desserts As a “star” ingredient in fruit salad On fruit or cheese skewers   They pair with savory as well as sweet foods, and are a…
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