TIP OF THE DAY: A Sweeter Hostess Gift

Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re a guest at Thanksgiving dinner today, you’ve most likely picked up a gift for your host or hostess. But for future dinner parties, find out if anyone on the guest list is on a sugar-restricted diet. Then, let other guests bring the traditional bottle of wine. You can help out the…
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COOKING TIPS: The Butterball Hotline (1.800.288.8372) & Turkey-Carving Video

Don’t thaw in the bathtub while bathing the kids. For 10 months a year, the Butterball Hotline is an automated tip line. But for almost 30 years, live operators take over during peak turkey season, November and December, and a tidal wave of people (last year, around 100,000) phone for their advice. If we may…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Sprinkles Cupcake Mix

In greater Los Angeles, home to Sprinkles Cupcakes,* there is the usual discussion board controversy. You’ll read everything from they’re “the best there is” to “avoid at all costs.” We only know Sprinkles cupcakes from their mixes. We’ve made every one, and we stand firmly with “the best there is” crowd. Maybe your homemade cupcakes…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Glamorous Garnishing

A bowl of tomato soup garnished with crab- meat, fresh basil, shredded Grana Padano and snipped chives. Photo courtesy WisDairy.com. Remember when a garnish meant parsley? Today, part of the creativity in cooking is the choice of edible garniture. Just a bit of garnish makes any plate look better. Try whole or halved cherry or…
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