TIP OF THE DAY: Cassoulet & Cannellini Beans

[1] A hearty dish of cassoulet. Here’s the recipe from The New York Times. [2] This “pared down” cassoulet takes just one hour! Here’s the recipe from The View From Great Island. [3] The original cassoulet pot shape, with slanted sides. It is the source of the word “casserole.” Here’s the detailed history of cassoulet.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Glitter Ice Cubes

Generate oohs and ahhs with glitter ice cubes (photo courtesy A Subtle Revelry).   Topping ice cubes with edible glitter: We love this idea from A Subtle Revelry. It’s spot-on for New Year’s Eve or any holiday of the year, plus celebrations like birthdays and festivities like the Super Bowl. For sparkling wine, ginger ale,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Tapioca Crepes

Most of us know tapioca as a pudding filled with little tapioca “pearls.” But it’s so much more than that.     WHAT IS TAPIOCA? Tapioca is a pure starch extracted from the root of the cassava (pronounced kuh-SAH-vuh, photo #1). The root is also called manioc, arrowroot and yuca. Not yucca, mind you: That’s…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Have A Shandy Party

[1] A shandy made with spicy ale (photo courtesy Whole Foods Market). [2] A ginger beer shandy leaves out most of the alcohol (it’s less than .5% ABV) and adds the flavor of ginger. Here’s the recipe from Homemade Hooplah. [3] This Island Shandy from Tommy Bahama uses passion fruit juice instead of lemonade. [4]…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Frosé, Frozen Rosé Wine For Cocktails Or Dessert

[1] Frosé granita. [2] Frosé with ice cream (both photos courtesy Kim Crawford).   Call it a cocktail or call it dessert: We have long enjoyed a frozen rosé cocktail by scooping some sherbet in a glass and topping it off with sparkling wine or still or sparkling rosé. A couple of years ago, some…
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