TIP OF THE DAY: Add Grains Or Beans To A Layered Winter Salad

[1] For single portions or a fun family approach, pack salads into mason jars—not big ones, since the fork has to reach the bottom! (photo California Avocados). [3] Spinach and bacon layered salad layered with peas, red bell pepper and cheddar, with ranch dressing (photo courtesy Kraft). [3] Classic layered salad with blue cheese dressing.…
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HOLIDAY GIFTS

We haven’t begun holiday shopping yet. But we’re not worried. Our list isn’t huge; and since no one we know needs any material possession we can afford, we long ago settled on disposable gifts—i.e., food. This year we have three favorites (and might we add, we’re gifting all three to ourself, as well).    …
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Domenica Fiore Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

[1] Beautifully packaged in stainless steel bottles, Domenica Fiore olive oils (all photos courtesy Domenica Fiore). [2] To retain the best properties, the olives are pressed and bottled in just four hours. [3] Just a drizzle adds silky, peppery flavor to anything on your table.   A business titan from Vancouver and an olive grower…
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TIP OF THE DAY: It’s Hot Toddy Time

January 11th is National Hot Toddy Day; January 17th is National Hot Buttered Rum Day. But we think this Chocolate Hot Toddy recipe (photo #1) is so full of holiday cheer, it deserves to be enjoyed now. Hot buttered rum, also called a rum toddy, is a type of hot toddy, a venerable warm cocktail…
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TIP OF THE DAY: New Uses For Specialty Dishes

[1] and [2] How many uses can you find for deviled egg plates and similar platters? Photo of “Naked Vegetables” at Vicia Restaurant | St. Louis | Facebook, credited to @ctroesser for @sophisticatedlivingmag. The dips are broccoli hummus, chorizo purée, strained yogurt, homemade butter and nasturtium salt (green). [3] Shrimp cocktail bites in Chinese soup…
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