PRESIDENT’S DAY: Why You Should Have Hot Chocolate Today

George Washington’s favorite drink. Photo courtesy Mars Inc. You may have imagined our Colonial forefathers drinking wine, buttered rum, beer or a cup of tea. But hot chocolate? George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin enjoyed chocolate on a regular basis, according to Mars, the Historic Division of which produces American Heritage Hot Chocolate. The…
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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Make Coffee

Yesterday we attended the Coffee & Tea Festival in New York City (sign up for the newsletter and get advance notice of future shows). We had some terrific coffees and teas and will report on our discoveries in future blog posts and product reviews. But for today, some notes about how you can make the…
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ACADEMY AWARDS: A Cocktail For Your Oscar Food

Starfruit = star cocktail = Academy Awards fare. Photo courtesy Moet et Chandon. A week from today, you’ll probably be watching the Academy Awards. What will you be drinking? While you’re watching the stars, nibble on a few with The Starlet cocktail. It uses star fruit to give star quality to any drink. The recipe…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Kiss My Cheesy Grits

If your only exposure to hot cereal is instant packages of oatmeal, you’re depriving yourself of a real treat. For us, Cream Of Wheat, Cream Of Rice, grits, polenta and cornmeal mush are some of life’s great comfort foods. Today’s shout-out is to grits (hominy grits), a versatile hot cereal or side dish to other…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Freezing Cheeses

Buy eat, eat it, freeze the leftovers. Photo courtesy iGourmet.com. Common belief is that you shouldn’t freeze cheese. Freezing can change the texture, making many cheeses grainy or crumbly. That’s because of the water content of cheese. It turns to ice and breaks apart the curds. But you definitely can freeze cheese. If the choice…
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