TIP OF THE DAY: Christmas Crudites, A Gingerbread House Alternative

[1] A good-for-you Christmas treat. [2] Start here (photos #1 and #2 courtesy Green Giant). [3] A chocolate house, made with molds from King Arthur Flour.   How about a vegetable cottage instead of a gingerbread house? Created by Green Giant; we found it on It was originally posted on Green Giant’s Facebook page. Here’s…
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RECIPE: Lemon Cream Pie

[1] A yummy way to celebrate National Lemon Cream Pie Day (photo courtesy The Baker Chick). [2] You can use any extra lemon zest to garnish the pie, with or without the candied mint leaves (photo courtesy Sunkist).   It’s November 29th: National Lemon Cream Pie Day. We adapted this classic recipe from one of…
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GIFT OF THE DAY: Swedish Gummy Horse Stocking Stuffers

[1] and [2] Swedish Gummy Horses, the best thing since Swedish fish (photos courtesy Candy People). [3] The painted wood horse that inspired the gummies (photo courtesy Scandinavian Butik).   We love gummy candy. Our entire family does. That’s why it’s so easy to give them what they really want: different types of gummies, which,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Wine & Cake For A Dessert Party…Or Just Dessert!

Want a dessert party that’s different? How about a wine and cake tasting? As with any other food and wine, the right pairings enhance the enjoyment of both components. So as not to stress the budget, you can make it a co-op party, assigning different cakes and wines to the participants. Select five or so…
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RECIPE: Cranberry & Pomegranate Holiday Brie

Baked Brie is a special-occasion favorite, and very easy to make. It goes great with sparkling and still wines and cocktails. In the spirit of the season, this easy recipe from Liren Baker of Kitchen Confidante will have guests fighting for the cheese knife. It’s a good thing this recipe makes two wheels! TIP: If…
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