TIP OF THE DAY: Boozy Cupcakes, For National Vanilla Cupcake Day & Parties

[1] Insert booze into cupcakes (all photos courtesy Crown Royal). [2] Crown Royal Vanilla: blended Canadian whiskeys infused with the Madagascar Bourbon vanilla.   November 10th is National Vanilla Cupcake Day, and we have a purely adult celebration in mind: Buy a cupcake and a miniature “airline” bottle of your favorite spirit (it’s 1.7 ounces).…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Beer With Pizza

The Craft Beer Association has applied its expertise to pizza pairing. Why not? Wine connoisseurs match the flavors of wines to dishes, to the nth degree (we know: we’re one of them!). Their chart below can be hard to read, so here’s our adaptation of the recommendations… …along with our recommendation for a tasting party…
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RECIPE: A Chocolate Dirt Cake Pot For National Chocolate Day

[1] A different way to enjoy chocolate on National Chocolate Day (photo The Venetian | Las Vegas). [2] Halloween-ify it with season Oreos (photo Walmart). [3] Trade the flower lollipop for chocolate spooky pops (photo Melville Candy).   October 28th is National Chocolate Day, and pastry chefs nationwide are outdoing themselves. Most of the recipes…
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RECIPE: Pumpkin Milkshakes For Adults

It may look innocent, but there’s 1/4 cup bourbon in it (photo courtesy Broma Bakery).   Thanks to Sarah Fennel at Broma Bakery for this seasonal snack. Before you dig in, check out the history of milkshakes—originally alcoholic drinks! Sarah restores the alcohol by adding bourbon to the shake. Prep time is 10 minutes. RECIPE:…
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RECIPE: Mutant Mary Cocktail, A Halloween Bloody Mary

[1] The Bloody Mary becomes a Mutant Mary with eyeball ice cubes (photo courtesy Elegant Affairs Caterers). [2] For Halloween, Andrea replaces the red “eyeball pupil” with a black one (photo courtesy Recipeland).   Counting down to Halloween, we received this cocktail recipe from Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Caterers. Just add eyeball ice cubes…
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