TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Chocolate & Tea

[1] Simple: a bite of chocolate, a sip of tea (photo courtesy Republic Of Tea). [2] Fancier (photo courtesy Marcolini Chocolate). [3] Elegant presentation from [3] Republic Of Tea and [4] Woodhouse Chocolate. [5] White chocolate pairs with black, green and herbal teas (photo courtesy Lindt).   If you’re a tea lover, here’s an idea…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Use More Fresh Herbs

Asian cooks add basil to summer rolls. Add them to your own wraps and sandwiches. Photo courtesy Bonnie Plants.   The first week in May is National Herb Week, a time to focus on using more fresh herbs in your cooking. Fresh herbs offer tons of flavor and good nutrition with virtually no calories. The…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Breads & Spreads

Make crunchy, Mexican-style snacks with baby bell peppers (© photo courtesy The Laughing Cow.)   The Laughing Cow makes eight flavors of spreadable cheese, and sent us suggestions for pairing the different spreads with complementary breads and crackers. These fun snacks can be served as hors d’oeuvre with beer, cocktails or wine; as a casual…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Coffee And Cheese

Pair a medium-strength cheese with a medium-roast coffee. Photo © Natalia Lisovskaya | Dreamstime.   Often there is more than one food holiday on a particular day. Rarely do we see a trio of food holidays; and January 20th is the only day we know of with four food holidays: National Buttercrunch Day, National Cheese…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Steak & Mineral Water

A glass of mineral-rich bottled water can substitute for a glass of wine. Photo by Groveb | IST.   Many people enjoy a hearty glass of Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel with a juicy steak. But what about those who don’t drink alcohol, can’t have it at the moment, are the designated driver, and so forth?…
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