NEW YEARS EVE: Chocolate Caviar Tart Or Tartlet

Dominique Ansel, the acclaimed pastry chef who invented the Cronut, has an entire store full of delicious things to eat. For New Year’s Eve, anniversaries and other special occasions, we like his chocolate caviar tartlet*. He fills a chocolate tart crust with caramel coffee cream and tops it with chocolate caviar pearls and gold leaf.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: MAKE A STRATA

Looking at a lot of leftovers today? Make a strata! A strata is a layered casserole, related by eggs and cheese to a fritatta or quiche, made from a mixture of bread, eggs and cheese plus any vegetables and proteins you have on hand. You can serve it for any meal, from breakfast through dinner.…
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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE NIBBLE

No one knows when the first Christmas goose was roasted or the first Christmas pudding steamed. Some dates are very vague: the first bûche de Noël (Yule log cake), for example, “could have been as early as the 1600s.”* Other sources attribute it to an unnamed Parisian pâtissier in the Victorian Age, sometime after 1870.…
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FOOD FUN: Popcorn Snowman

Take a bite of Frosty. Photo and recipe courtesy Popcorn.org.   Make these today for Christmas Eve, or to enjoy instead of traditional Christmas popcorn balls. RECIPE: POPCORN SNOWMAN Ingredients For 5 Snowmen 10 cups popped popcorn 1 package (16 ounces) large marshmallows 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter 1 teaspoon vanilla Decorations: sprinkles, licorice shoelace,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pocky Biscuit Sticks

One day we were squeezed against the crowded bar at David Burke Townhouse (when it first opened, as David Burke & Donatella). It seemed as if the entire, hyper New York foodie crowd was trying to get in the door. There was a 45-minute wait for our table. We consoled ourself with the bar snack:…
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