TIP OF THE DAY: Try A Very Different Margarita Recipe

Some chefs are inspired to go beyond classic recipes and create their own unusual take on a dish—or a drink. Chef Julio Medina, who has an empire* of refined Latin cuisine restaurants in New York City, likes to create special menus, including specialty Margaritas, for each location. His latest creation, for Toloache, is an homage…
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TIP OF THE DAY: For Dessert, Try A Sweet Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Have you ever had a grilled cheese sandwich for dessert? There are more than a few sweet grilled cheese sandwich recipes out there, perfect for dessert or a sweet snack. We’ll start you off with two, courtesy of the Grilled Cheese Academy, the best grilled cheese website, sponsored by the great cheese makers of Wisconsin.…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Talenti Gelato

Gelato is the original ice cream, invented in Florence in the 16th century. The key differences vis-à-vis ice cream are less cream/more milk and less air (overrun). This combination enables a more intense showcasing of the fruits, nuts and other flavors. Talenti Gelato is named for Bernardo Buontalenti, the impressario who first created gelato for…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Try Flavored Kefir Instead Of A Smoothie

You can blend your own smoothie or pour it ready-to-drink from a bottle of flavored kefir. Photo courtesy RevivalSoy.com.   Many people think that kefir is the same as drinkable yogurt. That’s close, but not exact. Kefir is even healthier than yogurt. In fact, kefir is often called a “super yogurt,” since it is up…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Try Some Chocolate Dragées, A.K.A. Panned Confections

The original dragées* (drah-ZHAY) are sugar-coated almonds. Technically, the nuts are encapsulated in a hard-shell coating. English speakers call them Jordan almonds—not because they’re from Jordan (they’re from Spain). It’s a corruption of the French word for garden, jardin, which refers to the large variety of almond). The almonds can also have a chocolate coating…
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