TIP OF THE DAY: Deluxe Hot Chocolate

It’s a perfect weekend to snuggle up with homemade hot chocolate. Photo courtesy Recchiuti Confections. We love those luxury, super-rich hot chocolates that can cost up to $25 a box—and we gave some of them as holiday gifts. Here’s the scoop: Some of these top-tier products are simply chopped up bits of fine chocolate. You…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Toasty Panettone

Panettone photo by Gabriel T. / SXC. Did you get a panettone for Christmas? Panettone, a medieval Italian Christmas yeast bread dotted with candied lemon peel, orange peel and raisins, is the Italian version of fruitcake—a popular Christmas gift. Panettone is tall, dome-shaped and airy (some say fluffy), in contrast to the other famous Christmas…
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RECIPE: And A Partridge In A Cheese Tree

Perhaps there’s still time to rearrange your cheese tray into a Christmas tree. All you need are cubes of cheese (the tree in the photo uses different flavors of Cabot Cheddar), grape tomatoes and some fresh thyme. The star on the top of the tree is a carved mushroom cap. If you don’t have the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Christmas Cookie Tree

Use a small artificial Christmas tree to create a “dessert tree” centerpiece. Hang edible ornament cookies, fudge, petit fours, mint patties and other treats. The easiest technique is to tie cellophane-wrapped treats with ribbon and hang them on the tree with ornament hooks. But it makes an even prettier presentation if you cut pliable pieces…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pomegranate Sangria For National Sangria Day

[1] Make pomegranate sangria for your guests (photo © Pom Wonderful). [2] Make pomegranate sangria for your guests (photo © Pom Wonderful).   There’s nothing more festive than a holiday punch bowl. Historically, Christmas meant gathering around the wassail bowl for good cheer. “Wassail” is Middle English contraction of the toast, wæs hæil, “be healthy.”…
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