TIP OF THE DAY: Affordable Rose Bubbly For Valentine’s Day

Check the price of Champagne. Even the lowest-level brands are Now look at our three recommendations for rose sparkling wine (once called “pink Champagne): The first is $13.99; the latter are in the $18.99 range. Why is this a bargain? These are sweeter styles, perfect to enjoy as an aperitif, with chocolates or desserts, even…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Smoked Salmon Rillettes & Champagne

Rillettes are a classic rustic French preparation of similar to pâté (or the cretons of Quebec), popularized in central France (think Anjou, Le Mans and Tours). Originally made with pork, the meat was cubed or chopped, salted and cooked slowly in the still-warm cooking fat until it is tender enough to be easily shredded. The…
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RECIPE: Smoked Salmon Gougères

Gougères are the perfect hors d’ouevre to serve with white wine and sparkling wine. Photo and recipe courtesy Chef Aida Mollenkamp.   Gougères (goo-ZHAIR) are airy French cheese puffs, savory choux pastry that is mixed with grated cheese and baked into savory bites. In France, the cheese is most often a hearty Swiss mountain cheese:…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Champagne Cocktails

The easy way out is to uncork the Champagne, pour and serve. The fun way is to offer a menu of Champagne cocktails. When it comes to New Year’s Eve cocktails, we have a favorite: Champagne or other bubbly mixed with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, a French import made by a family-owned Parisian company. At…
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RECIPE: Holiday Sorbet Cocktail

We spent much of the weekend enjoying limited-edition, seasonal batch flavors from Ciao Bella Gelato: Cranberry Prosecco Sorbet, Montebianco Gelato and Pumpkin Sea Salt Caramel Gelato. Cranberry Prosecco Gelato. No matter how stuffed you may be from a big holiday dinner, there’s always room for sorbet. Ciao Bella’s Cranberry Prosecco Sorbet marries sweet-tart cranberry sorbet…
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