TIP OF THE DAY: Create A New Cocktail Garnish

Do you garnish your cocktails with the same wedge of lime or orange wheel, curl, peel or twist? The same olives and cocktail onions? The same notched strawberry on the rim? The standard celery stick in a Bloody Mary? Expand your garnish horizons. Presentation is everything; and while no one would turn away an ungarnished…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Mardi Gras Party

[1] Shrimp and Grits, a popular Mardi Gras dish. Here’s a video recipe (photos #1 and #2 © Mackenzie Ltd). [2] A classic Louisiana gumbo (photo © Mackenzie Ltd.).   Mardi Gras is a week away: Tuesday, February 17th. Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday” and called Shrove Tuesday in English, is part of the…
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FOOD 101: What Is Comfort Food

Banana pudding is one of America’s favorite comfort foods. Here’s the recipe for this version. Photo by M. Sheldrake | IST.   A tweet from FoodTimeline.org sent us to the site to drill down on the origins of comfort food. According to the site, the first record in print is in the magazine section of…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Good Carbs Vs. Bad Carbs

March is National Nutrition Month, so we’re opening with a mini-tutorial on carbohydrates. Most people will concur that “carbohydrates are bad for you.” But just as there are good oils and bad oils, there are healthful and bad carbs. COMPLEX CARBS = GOOD CARBS “Good carbs,” more scientifically called complex carbohydrates, are important in your…
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TIP: Soup As A Main Course

Add enough protein to a lentil or bean soup and you’ve got a main course. Ham and sausage pair deliciously with beans and legumes. Photo courtesy McCormick.   As we published the post below, for acorn squash soup with gnocchi, we thought about soup as a main course. To turn a first course into a…
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