CINCO DE MAYO: Prickly Pears

Prickly pears, a.k.a. cactus pears. Photo courtesy Melissas.com. Now that it’s May 1, we’ve got four days to focus on Cinco de Mayo culinary tributes. For sure, we’ll bring on the salsa and the cocktails. But first, here’s a fresh idea that may take some hunting: prickly pear salad dressing. Check Latino and International markets…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Take It Outside (Entertaining, That Is)

If you have a lovely deck or garden patio, you’ve got a great reason to gather up friends for anything from tea or after-work wine and cheese to a restful lunch or dinner. Since it’s springtime, for either lunch or dinner you can serve a bright, colorful and easy-to-make pasta dish that’s alive with fresh…
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MOTHER’S DAY: Rosé Versus Roses

Think pink and give Mom rosé Champagne or other rosé wine. Roses have become a bit clichéd as a floral gift. With no disrespect, there are other lovely flowers out there. And for Mother’s Day, the prices for roses are sky-high. Here’s a better idea: give Mom rosé instead of roses. “Rosé,” or blush wine,…
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