NEWS: Obama & Oprah As Chocolate Truffles

Oprah and Obama: united in chocolate.   First it was Oprah, then the Kennedys (Ted, Caroline and Maria Shriver). Then, author and public radio host Garrison Keillor. And now, a boutique chocolatier in Oakland, California is throwing its weight behind the charismatic candidate by making him even more appealing—in espresso—Cognac ganache. There are handmade chocolate…
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TIP OF THE DAY: More On The Theme Of Soup

There’s some pretty good soup to be bought “fresh” these days. Many of the stores that sell it don’t make it themselves, but buy it in bulk from companies like Hale & Hearty, Kettle Cuisine or companies that sell only to foodservice. No matter the provenance, many of these soups taste terrific, some recipes are…
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TODAY IN FOOD: It’s Homemade Soup Day

It’s soup, served in demitasse cups with garnishes from edible flowers to sliced truffles. This presentation is from Ric Tramonto, executive chef/owner of one of our favorite restaurants, Tru in Chicago.   Today is Homemade Soup Day. But on any day, soup is a great course for family meals or entertaining because of the variety…
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RECIPE: Make Fortune Cookies For The Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with homemade fortune cookies—much more delicious than what you get at restaurants. If you want, decorate them. Top photo courtesy National Honey Board, bottom photo by Claire Freierman | THE NIBBLE.   The Chinese New Year begins on February 7 this year. You can ring in the Year of the…
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