TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Cheese & Chocolate

Forget the bread, crackers and fruit: Who knew that plain chocolate, chocolate truffles and chocolate-covered caramels—the latter two with prominent dairy and buttery notes—pair so well with cheese? We know that chocolate cheesecake, and a chocolate ganache topping on regular cheesecake, are delicious. So how about serving a piece of cheese with a piece of…
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VALENTINE GIFTS: Chocolate Lips, Macarons In Red

You can actually reuse the “clutch” packaging as a fun evening bag. Photo by Faith Tomases | THE NIBBLE.   We love gifts with “keeper” boxes. We always find ways to repurpose the boxes, which continue to remind us of the gift and the giver. Pâtissier François Payard has chosen beautiful packaging for his Valentine…
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VALENTINE GIFT: Shiny Chocolate Hearts

Pretty to look at, these shiny chocolate hearts are filled with luscious raspberry-infused ganache. Photo courtesy Kohler.   These lovely hearts, from Kohler Chocolates, are beautifully crafted: The dark chocolate shells are filled with a delicate raspberry-accented chocolate ganache. The dark chocolate is then enrobed with a thin layer of red-tinted white chocolate, which is…
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VALENTINE GIFT: X.O. Cognac

It’s a beauty—and it has a just-as-lovely gift box. Photo courtesy Hennessy.   We sign our letters to friends with “X.O.,” short for a hug and a kisse. The abbreviation for “hugs and kisses,” XOXO, has been used for centuries to express love or good friendship at the end of a written letter or card…
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