ENTERTAINING: Wines For St. Patrick’s Day

Pinot Blanc with corned beef and cabbage? Who knew? Wine available from/photo courtesy of EnglewoodWineMerchants.com. Pondering what to serve with your St. Patrick’s Day dinner? We’ve combined tips from Natalie McLean, James Beard award-winning writer of Nat Decants, with our own recommendations: COCKTAILS Irish whiskey cocktails -or- Irish Beers (you can serve the beers throughout…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Part 3, Kathryn’s Cottage Salad Dressings

Little did we know when we opened the jar of Kathryn’s Cottage Blue Cheese Dressing that we would fall in love. We try every blue cheese dressing that crosses our path. Most don’t measure up. Funny: Kathryn was in the same boat, so she decided to make her own. After much experimentation, she came up…
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Top Pick Of The Week: Part 2, Effie’s Homemade Oatcakes

Perfect with tea (and almost any repast), we hope that oatcakes will become as popular as shortbread. Photo courtesy Effie’s Homemade. What’s an oatcake, and why should you be interested? It’s true: “Oatcake” doesn’t sound too beguiling. To Americans, it can sound like something you might give your horse as a treat. Neigh! As Scotland…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Part 1, Tipsy Cocktail Stirrers

This week, our Top Pick is a trio of treats. They’re not related to each other but for the fact that they’re all very special and worth seeking out. Our first product is Tipsy Cocktail Stirrers from Sable & Rosenfeld. Bloody Marys, martinis and any savory cocktail will be greatly enhanced by dressing up with…
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TIP OF THE DAY: An Herb Pot Of Sage

Three varieties of sage: tricolor, pineapple sage (it smells like pineapple) and golden sage, available from WhiteflowerFram.com. Sage is a spice that most people buy during the holiday season, to season turkey, goose or duck. But it’s more than a holiday stuffing (or a sausage stuffing). Think of sage to season beans, in cheese recipes,…
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