TIP OF THE DAY: Bacon Jam For National Bacon Day

[1] Homemade bacon jam (photo © Grognar | CC BY 2.0 license). [2] Ready-to-eat bacon jam from Vino de Milo. You can buy it online (photo © Vino de Milo). [3] Brussels sprouts with bacon jam: a hors d’oeuvre, appetizer or side (photo © Pampered Chef). [4] Shredded short rib and bacon jam on crostini…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Your Home Smell Like the Holidays

Today’s tip comes from Jacqueline Parisi of Hello Fresh, the largest meal-kit provider in the U.S. These natural DIY room scents are made with everyday foods. Plus, if you use a glass vase or attractive jar, they double as festive tabletop centerpieces. It couldn’t be simpler.     RECIPE: HOLIDAY HOME SCENTS Ingredients Select a…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Updated Chicken Noodle Soup

[1] The original soup has flat noodles, but try some of the many fun shaped pastas (e.g. bow ties, corkscrews, wagon wheels; photo courtesy Good Eggs. [2] Turn soup into a meal by packing in the chicken, pasta and veg (here’s the recipe from Gotta Want Seconds). [3] How about chicken noodle soup Asian-style, with…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Food Gifts

[1] Chocolate bark with holiday accents (photo courtesy Close Encounters Of The Cooking Kind). [2] Use a quality chocolate bar like Cailler for the best flavor (photo courtesy Cailler—pronounced kiy-YAY). The Swiss chocolate bars in their festive boxes also make great stocking stuffers.   For those moments when unexpected guests arrive for Christmas, or when…
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