COCKTAILS: New Year’s Eve Cocktails

For your imbibing pleasure, we present the final two cocktails of the year. Both are made with your choice of sparkling wine: Cava, Champagne or Prosecco. Cava and Prosecco are less expensive and work just as well in mixed drinks. First, the Ginger Sparkler, created by New York City caterer Canard, Inc. It combines vodka…
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RECIPE: Crème Pâtissière

Most lovers of cake and pastry have eaten crème pâtissière without knowing what it is. A French standard, crème pâtissière—prnounced CREM pah-tees-YAIR, French for pastry cream—is a stirred custard thickened with cornstarch or flour and typically flavored with vanilla (other flavors can be used). Crème pâtissière is made of egg yolks, sugar and cream or…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Start A Tradition, Make An Epiphany Cake

Crown your “king cake”; the person who finds the charm gets to wear the crown. Photo courtesy BainFrance.Blogspot.com.   Bûches de Noël, fruitcake and Christmas cookies are enjoyed throughout the holiday season. In France, the celebratory confections continue into January with an Epiphany cake, or galette des rois, French for kings’ cake (a galette is…
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NEW YEAR’S RECIPE: Hoppin’ John

Hoppin’ John: a Southern New Year’s Eve tradition for good luck. Photo courtesy Friedas.com.   In long-standing traditions, people the world over eat certain foods to ring in the New Year. We’re aiming to fix a New Year’s Eve dinner with all of them. Here are the foods that hopefully bring health and prosperity in…
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RECIPE: Candied Lemon Cookies

Start the new year with a new cookie recipe. Photo courtesy GoBoldWithButter.com.   Whether for dessert on New Year’s Eve or a special snack on New Year’s Day, we like to start the new year with a new cookie recipe—something different and exciting that we never get around to during the year, something perhaps a…
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