TIP OF THE DAY: Healthy Valentine Gifts

[1] For good health: extra virgin oil (photo courtesy Kiklos). [2] For low calories: artisan pickles, like a gift collection from Rick’s Picks. These Hotties for your hottie are just $6.99 (photo courtesy Rick’s Picks). [3] No calories: Chocolate seltzer or diet chocolate soda. [4] A healthy dinner: sashimi (photo courtesy Kabuki Restaurants). [5] For…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Tea Party Ideas, Part 2

[1] Tea can be classically staged, like this one from Tea Time Magazine, or [2] modern service, like this at the Langham Palace | New York. Instead of classic British tea sandwiches on crustless bread, you can substitute tartines—French open-face sandwiches—or Italian crostini. Here’s a close-up from Honestly Yum.   Yesterday we tendered the idea…
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FOOD FUN: Red Waffle Cones & Love Potion Ice Cream

Valentine treat: red waffle cone filled with Love Potion #31 ice cream. Photo courtesy Baskin-Robbins.   If you’re ready to start celebrating Valentine’s Day, head to Baskin-Robbins for a red waffle cone and a couple of scoops of the flavor of the month, Love Potion #31. (That’s for B-R’s 31 flavors; there are no Love…
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VALENTINE RECIPE: Sweetie Pie Cherry Pie Pops

Our favorite baker, blogger Lauryn Cohen (a.k.a. Bella Baker), suggests pie pops for Valentine’s Day. RECIPE: SWEETIE PIE POPS Ingredients For Flaky Pie Crust 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons sugar 1-1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cold (or frozen) and cut into 48 small pieces 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 6-7…
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RECIPE: Brie & Beet Bruschetta

More purple passion: beets with Brie on bruschetta. Photo and recipe courtesy LoveBeets.com.   This appetizer or first course pairs with your favorite wine: red, white or sparkling. And beer, too, of course. Or, serve the bruschetta with the salad course. Prep time is 5 minutes, cooking time is 10 minutes. RECIPE: BRIE & BEET…
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