COCKTAIL RECIPE: Black Pepper Dirty Martini

For those who like things hot and spicy, here’s a variation on the Dirty Martini: Add black pepper heat! You get the salty brine from the olives, and heat from the pepper. You can purchase pepper-infused vodka like Absolut Peppar (photo #2), or infuse plain vodka with peppercorns (instructions below). (Pepper vodka is also great…
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RECIPE: Coq Au Vin For National Coq Au Vin Day

May 29th is National Coq Au Vin Day (pronounced cuhk-oh-VAN). The name of this French country dish means “rooster with wine [sauce].” The wine varies by local specialty and can be red or white: Burgundy in Burgundy, Riesling in Alsace, and so forth. This classic dish is a bistro favorite, and one of the first…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Mix Up A Dukkah Recipe

Dukkah is a versatile Egyptian dry seasoning mixture of chopped nuts or chickpeas, plus a variety of flavorful seeds, spices and herbs. In the old days, the ingredients were ground together in a pestle; today, they can be tossed into a food processor. Dukkah is an extremely popular snack in the culinary melting pots of…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Lemon Curd Recipe & History

[1] Serve croissants or any bread products with lemon curd—including a raisin bagel (all photos © Bonne Maman). [2] A yogurt parfait with layers of lemon curd. [3] Mini cheesecakes topped with lemon curd. [4] Cake-in-a-jar: Layer strawberry preserves, cake, lemon curd, cake, and lemon curd. [5] Lemon curd is a great cake filling.

FOOD HISTORY: Galette Des Rois, Epiphany Cake (The Original King Cake)

Epiphany, a Christian holiday celebrated on January 6th, marks the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of Carnival (which concludes with the beginning Lent). January 6th, which is 12 days after Christmas in the Gregorian calendar, is also known as Twelfth Night. It can get confusing to those not schooled in the tradition.…
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