TIP OF THE DAY: Flash-Fried Herbs & Other Christmas Garnishes

A bit of red and green garnish turns almost anything into holiday fare. Since so many of our foods are white or beige, they can use a colorful lift. While a baked brie topped with cranberry relish and rosemary is a holiday staple in our home, we love garnishing other foods with crisp, flash-fried herbs.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Hummus Tacos For Taco Tuesdays

[1] Meatless Mondays meet Taco Tuesdays, with these vegetable-hummus tacos. Here’s the recipe from Mountain Mama Cooks. [2] Nacho Tuesday substitutes for Taco Tuesday (photo courtesy Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog).   You can combine Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday with meatless tacos, like this recipe for Veggie Hummus Tacos (photo #1) from Mountain Mama…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Bake Canapé Bread

[1] Star-shaped canapés are perfect for the holidays, Independence Day and any celebratory occasion. These are topped with caramelized onions and goat cheese. Here’s the recipe from King Arthur Flour. [2] The set of three canapé bread tubes from King Arthur Flour. [3] A classic: pumpernickel topped with crème fraîche, smoked salmon and dill. Here’s…
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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Improve Tomato Flavor

[1] Deck the table with this colorful salad. The recipe is below (photo Bella Sun Luci | Facebook. [2] Create a Caprese wreath on a platter. Here’s the recipe from the Daily Mail. [3] This Caprese wreath uses the smallest mozzarella balls, called perlini (photo courtesy Country Living).   Is there anything more bland than…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Party On With Savory Spreads

We’re having a spread cocktail party. It’s not a Christmas/holiday party: We’re deliberately doing something different. There will be no cheese ball covered with bright red pomegranate arils, no eggnog scented with nutmeg, no holiday cookies. Just spreads. In fact, we’re calling them cocktail spreads, since we’ll be serving them with wine and cocktails. It’s…
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