TIP OF THE DAY: Summer Fruit Compote

Top: Mixed berry compote atop ice cream (photo courtesy Good Eggs). Center: Compote as the main event, topped with mascarpone (photo courtesy Recipes101.com). Bottom: A modern variation of the fancy stemmed compote dishes of centuries past (photo courtesy Williams-Sonoma).   With summer fruits proliferating, here’s an alternative to berry, cherry or peach pie: compote. It’s…
Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Summer Fruit Compote”

TIP OF THE DAY: The New Bloody Mary Garnishes

TOP PHOTO: Aquavit Bloody Mary with beets, a half-sour pickle spear and fresh dill; photo Flavor & The Menu. MIDDLE PHOTO: Mary garnished with crab claw and dilly beans from Ramos House. BOTTOM PHOTO: Surf and Turf Bloody Mary with bacon and shrimp, plus an antipasto skewer and, as a nod to the past, a…
Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: The New Bloody Mary Garnishes”

TIP OF THE DAY: Garnish Desserts With Brittle

If someone gives you brittle—or you’re inspired to make your own—use some of it to garnish desserts. Just a few small pieces make almost any dessert even more festive. If you already have “brittle crumbs” at the bottom of the box, so much the better. MAKE BRITTLE For the holidays, this spicy pumpkin seed brittle…
Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Garnish Desserts With Brittle”

TIP OF THE DAY: Plate Decorations

If you admire the fancy plate decoration done by fine chefs, here’s a tip: It’s easy to makes everyday food look quite spectacular! There are three easy steps: 1. Consider placing a bright-colored sauce or purée atop the plate, under the food. If you’re not using a sauce, try a circular or zig-zag drizzle. 2.…
Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Plate Decorations”

TIP OF THE DAY: 11 Exciting Bloody Mary Garnishes

New Year’s Day is also National Bloody Mary Day. So today’s tip is: Find a new garnish for your Bloody Marys, and change it up every year. A celery stalk garnish and optional lemon or lime wheel was de rigeur 20th century. Savvy hosts replaced them with a fennel stalk for the new millennium (there’s…
Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: 11 Exciting Bloody Mary Garnishes”