RECIPE: Chocolate-Dipped Figs

One of the earliest foods cultivated by man, figs, the sacred biblical fruit of ancient times, are cherished in some cultures as a symbol of peace and prosperity. Most U.S.-grown figs are available from June through September, but you may find imports in the stores. If you do, cut them into grains or stuffing; serve…
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RECIPE: Homemade Bacon Jam

In this clever version, bacon jam on toast is turned into a holiday treat. Photo courtesy DomesticFits.com. Here’s the recipe.   You’ve got time to whip up a batch of bacon jam, either to serve at Christmas breakfast or to give as a special gift. Thia recipe is from chef Johnny Gnall, who teaches us…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Christmas Fondue

In supermarkets, displays are currently piled high with panettone and pandoro, Italian holiday breads that are traditionally served and gifted during the Christmas and New Year season. The origins of sweet leavened breads date back to Roman times. By Medieval times, different regions of Italy had created signature holiday breads. Best-known, and available in the…
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