TIP OF THE DAY: Mashed Potato Bar

[1] Who can resist a mashed potato bar (photo courtesy Betty Crocker)? [2] Use whatever dishes you have for the toppings. They don?t have to match (photo courtesy Hormel Foods).[3] If your guests can cope with glass, use your Margarita and Martini glasses (photo courtesy Hormel Foods). [4] Keep the potatoes warm in a slow… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Mashed Potato Bar”

RECIPE: Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

May 31st is National Macaroon Day. Here, David Lebovitz, renowned pastry chef, blogger and author of cookbooks, shares his recipes for chewy, chocolaty macaroons. First, some macaroon history: MAC-A-ROON is the English name for the Italian almond meringue cookies (maccarone, mah-cah-ROW-nay) first made by monks, possibly in the 13th century. They most resemble today?s amaretti… Continue reading “RECIPE: Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons”

TIP OF THE DAY: Teas For Sushi & Sashimi

[1] Green tea and a conventional iron pot, called a tetsubin (photo courtesy Japanese Green Tea Online). [2] Green tea isn?t necessarily green. It depends on where the tea was grown and production factors (photo courtesy Coffemania | NYC). [3] A conventional sushi plate of nigiri and maki (photo courtesy Takibun). [4] Sashimi (photo Direct… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Teas For Sushi & Sashimi”

TIP OF THE DAY: Bunless Burgers

Most store-bought burger rolls are pretty blah: a form of white bread used to hold the burger. Earlier, we suggested 25+ alternatives to the burger bun, from baguette to brioche to pretzel roll. Even when the roll is special, it begs the question: Does the bread serve any purpose other than enabling utensil-free eating? We… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Bunless Burgers”

TIP OF THE DAY: Make Patriotic Ice Pops

[1] Patriotic ice pops for July 4th (photo courtesy Zulka minimally processed sugars). [2] If you?re buying new molds, we prefer ?groovy? ones like this style, from Tovolo. The pop is bluebery-yogurt; hence, a lighter color than the pure, pur?ed berries in photo #1. [3] No molds? Use a loaf plan and slice the pops!… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Make Patriotic Ice Pops”