TIP OF THE DAY: Try A Great Fruitcake…And The Right Drink To Pair With It

December 27th is National Fruitcake Day. The most maligned food in America is not cilantro. It is fruitcake. Unlike cilantro, which delivers a consistent take-it-or-leave-it flavor, regardless of where it is grown, it is man who has manipulated cheap ingredients and preservatives into frightful fruitcakes. But yes, Virginia, there is great fruitcake—the kind that, 100…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make A Special Ice Cream For New Year’s Eve

Ice cream that smells and tastes like gingerbread. Photo courtesy KitchenKonfidential.com.   Ice cream is one of our favorite desserts—heck, it’s our favorite food, period. For New Year’s Eve, we like to make a special flavor. Last year it was lavender. Prior years included anise, chipotle chocolate, chocolate pretzel, peppermint schnapps and white chocolate with…
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WHAT WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS: Thermador Pro Harmony Oven

The oven of our dreams. Photo courtesy Thermador.   Santa, baby, put this oven under the tree—for me! On second thought, leave it in the kitchen and have the reindeer pull the old range/oven away to appliance heaven. Thermador’s new 48-inch Pro Harmony® Range is everything an enthusiastic cook could dream of: six beautiful pedestal…
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GIFT OF THE DAY: Kanon Organic Vodka

In 1580, King Karl IV of Sweden built the Åkers Styckebruk foundry to produce cannons for the Swedish army. Along with the foundry, he built a distillery to make vodka for the workers (nice benefit!). Over time, the distillery became privately owned and the largest distillery in Sweden. Nearly 300 workers produced more than a…
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