RECIPE: Poutine

Classic poutine. Photo courtesy Wendy’s | Canada.   In Canada, the first week in February is La Poutine week. Poutine (poo-TEEN) is a popular Canadian potato dish: French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. It’s the northern version of cheese fries, with brown gravy instead of ketchup; and is often referred to as the…
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VALENTINE GIFT: Shiny Chocolate Hearts

Pretty to look at, these shiny chocolate hearts are filled with luscious raspberry-infused ganache. Photo courtesy Kohler.   These lovely hearts, from Kohler Chocolates, are beautifully crafted: The dark chocolate shells are filled with a delicate raspberry-accented chocolate ganache. The dark chocolate is then enrobed with a thin layer of red-tinted white chocolate, which is…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Sashimi Salad

Love sashimi? Looking for a light lunch or first course? Make sashimi salad. Pick up some of your favorite raw fish from your fishmonger—salmon, tuna and yellowtail, for example. You can also add cooked varieties, such as shrimp and squid. Then, create a salad of choice: Western-style salad of mixed greens Japanese-style salad of seaweed,…
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RECIPE: Red Velvet Raspberry Truffles

Surprise your Valentine with a beribboned box of homemade red velvet chocolate truffles with luscious raspberry flavor. The insides are the color of red velvet cake. McCormick, which contributed this recipe, specifies baking chocolate; but these will taste so much better if you use couverture—higher quality chocolate that chocolatiers and pastry chefs use. Look for…
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