TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Breads & Spreads

Make crunchy, Mexican-style snacks with baby bell peppers. Photo courtesy The Laughing Cow.   The Laughing Cow makes eight flavors of spreadable cheese, and sent us suggestions for pairing the different spreads with complementary breads and crackers. These fun snacks can be served as hors d’oeuvre with beer, cocktails or wine; as a casual first…
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FOOD FUN: Strawberry Ghosts, A Better Halloween Snack

Better for you Halloween treats. Photo courtesy Driscoll’s.   BOO! These white chocolate covered strawberry ghosts are a fun treat, and a better-for-you alternative to traditional candy. The prep time is 30 minutes, but half of that is making the broomsticks. If you don’t have the time or the interest in the crafts portion, just…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cook As A Family

The family that prays together stays together, according to a post-World War II prayer movement called Family Rosary Crusade. But the family that cooks together eats better, and trains the kids to be self-reliant in the kitchen. As we enter the season of nonstop holiday treats, teaching balance and good eating practices can offset bad…
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RECIPE: Honey Caramel Corn

Most caramel corn is not drizzled with caramel sauce, as the name may suggest, but made by caramelizing sugar into a syrup that coats the popcorn and dries to a lovely crunch. Caramel and corn based on sugar or molasses dates back at least to the 1890s; an early version of Cracker Jack, made with…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Vadouvan

This simple blend, from IngredientFinder.com, contains only four ingredients: cumin, garlic, fenugreek and onion.   We must admit, this was a new one for us. We received a recipe for deviled eggs for our consideration. One of the ingredients: vadouvan. Vadou-what? We had to look it up. Vadouvan, also called French curry, is a French…
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