RECIPE: Chocolate Fondue

February is National Fondue Month, but chocolate fondue is a dessert that can be used to celebrate any occasion. It’s fun served to a group; it’s romantic enjoyed by two. Chocolate fondue is easy prepare, so why don’t we have it more often? You don’t need a special fondue pot: You can use a standard…
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ACADEMY AWARDS: A Themed Cheese Board As Oscars Food

What the king ate after the speech:A Stilton from purveyor Neal’s Yard. Photocourtesy Whole Foods Market.   We’ve received dozens of recipes for themed cocktail recipes for Oscar parties. For example, combine gin with Earl Grey Tea, and call it The King’s Speech cocktail. Fatigued at the idea of 12 different “Best Picture” cocktails, we’ve…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Baking Soda, Baking Powder

Yesterday someone told us she had baked a cake recipe from one of her favorite authorities, and it was “inedible.” We asked to see the recipe. While she is an experienced baker, in her rush she grabbed baking soda instead of baking powder. It’s an easy “oops.” Some recipes use both leveners, but if only…
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COOKING VIDEO: For Mardi Gras Food, Make A Gumbo

  You don’t have to head to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras on March 8th. Celebrate at home with a special Mardi Gras gumbo—a flavorful layering of chicken, andouille sausage, crawfish, okra, diced tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic, cayenne, fresh parsley and white rice. It has a chicken stock base and is thickened with a…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Use Unsalted Butter For Cooking And Baking

Go for the unsalted butter. Photo byKasey Albano | SXC.   Some recipes call for salted butter, others for unsalted butter. Does it make a difference which you use? Yes, and the answer is that unsalted butter produces more consistent results. The salt content of butter varies from brand to brand. There can be as…
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