RECIPE: Chocolate Caramel Shortbread

We couldn’t close out the year without a batch of buttery shortbread. This recipe, from Spice Islands, adds creamy caramel, a dark chocolate ganache icing and a sprinkle of sea salt. The recipe includes cashews. You can substitute another favorite nut (macadamias, pecans, pistachios, walnuts) or omit the nuts entirely. National Chocolate Caramel Day is…
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RECIPE: Thai Shrimp Appetizer

Shrimp wrapped in pretty puff pastry. Photo and recipe courtesy Campbell’s.   We’ve been playing around with puff pastry this week, and are making these Thai Shrimp Spirals to go with the Champagne tonight. Marinated shrimp wrapped in tender puff pastry and served on skewers with a dip, they’re a fun and tasty food. Prep…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Champagne Cocktails

The easy way out is to uncork the Champagne, pour and serve. The fun way is to offer a menu of Champagne cocktails. When it comes to New Year’s Eve cocktails, we have a favorite: Champagne or other bubbly mixed with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, a French import made by a family-owned Parisian company. At…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Champagne Recorker (Resealer)

We have been using this indispensable gadget since it first came onto the market, back in our college days. Yet, when we use it in front of guests, most look on with amazement—they’ve never seen a Champagne recorker before. So today’s tip is: Get one for anyone who enjoys a bottle of bubbly. They’re less…
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RECIPE: Mini Champagne Cupcakes

Mini champagne cupcakes. Photo courtesy Golden Blossom Honey.   If you celebrate the New Year with champagne or other bubbly, how about some champagne mini cupcake to take a sweet bite of the new year? This recipe is from Golden Blossom Honey, a fourth generation family company whose honey is 100% American-made (not cheap Chinese…
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