TIP OF THE DAY: Cassoulet & Cannellini Beans

[1] A hearty dish of cassoulet. Here’s the recipe from The New York Times. [2] This “pared down” cassoulet takes just one hour! Here’s the recipe from The View From Great Island. [3] The original cassoulet pot shape, with slanted sides. It is the source of the word “casserole.” Here’s the detailed history of cassoulet.…
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FOOD 101: The History Of Chocolate-Covered Cherries

January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. Here’s a history of the popular bonbon, adapted from Candy Favorites. Chocolate-covered cherries, more formally called cherry cordials, are a chocolate shell filled with a cherry and sugar syrup, plain or flavored with alcohol.   IT BEGAN WITH THE CORDIAL The word “cordial” derives from the Latin…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Brewing The Cup Of Best Tea

[1] Black tea served in grandma’s porcelain cups (photo AGPhotographer | Canstock). [2] Prefer green tea? Compare different brands of Dragon Well, Gyokuro, Sencha, etc. (photo courtesy Kanaya Tea). [3] The winner of our first round (photo courtesy Harney & Sons).   Cold enough for you? There’s a reason that January is National Hot Tea…
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RECIPE: Bloody Beertail (Beer Cocktail)

The Bloody Beertail: Substitute beer for the vodka in a Bloody Mary (photo courtesy Pampered Chef).   January 1st is National Bloody Mary Day. But if you prefer beer to vodka, have a Bloody Beertail instead. It’s a sister beverage to Mexico’s michelada. Here’s more about beertails.     RECIPE: BLOODY BEERTAIL The cocktail is…
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