GIFT: The Best Peppermint Bark

The best peppermint bark we’ve ever had. Don’t miss it! Photo courtesy Enstrom.   We’ve tried every peppermint bark we’ve come across. And the winner: Peppermint Bark from Enstrom Candies of Grand Junction, Colorado. It’s a perfect blend of top-quality dark and white chocolate with crushed peppermint candy and chocolate cookie pieces. We admit to… Continue reading “GIFT: The Best Peppermint Bark”

TIP OF THE DAY: 41 Things To Do With Leftover Ham

A week later, we are still working our way through leftover Thanksgiving ham. We received a lovely ham gift basket from The ham was about 10 pounds, and joined a large turkey and five sides to feed a group of eight. Needless to say, plenty of everything was left after the meal. While the… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: 41 Things To Do With Leftover Ham”

PRODUCT: Fresh Goat Cheese (Chèvre)

Get it while you can: pumpkin goat cheese for the holidays.   The wife of a farmer in Hiram,* Ohio, Jean Mackenzie took her first cheese-making class in June 2007 and was licensed to produce cheese that October. Two weeks later, she entered her chèvres (goat cheeses) in the National Cheese Competition sponsored by the… Continue reading “PRODUCT: Fresh Goat Cheese (Chèvre)”

GIFTS: Cake Pops Book & Cake Pops To Buy

We are, unabashedly, crazy for cake pops. Ever since we first discovered them in 2007 and made them a Top Pick Of The Week, cake pops have been our favorite party cake. That they’re delightful food-on-a-stick is one reason. That they’re very festive is another. They can be glamorous or adorable, depending on the occasion.… Continue reading “GIFTS: Cake Pops Book & Cake Pops To Buy”

RECIPE: Fig Cocktail For Fall & Winter

A fig cocktail for fall and winter. Photo courtesy Linnea Johansson.   Here’s another special seasonal cocktail recipe, developed by Linnea Johansson, a New York City-based chef and party planner. Use it to treat your guests to something they’ve never had before. The recipe makes one cocktail. FIG & MAPLE FIZZ Ingredients 2 ounces vodka… Continue reading “RECIPE: Fig Cocktail For Fall & Winter”