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: Make Sugar Plums

“Visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.” So goes a line from the immortal poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas.”* Yet how many of us have recited or sung that line without knowing exactly what a sugar plum was? No matter what today’s confectioners sell as sugar…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: Cappuccino History For National Cappuccino Day

[1] Pouring the hot, foamed milk into the espresso (photo © Olesyk | Pinterest). [2] A standard cappuccino (photo courtesy Truvia | Erika Dodge). [3] Nespresso Aeroccino Milk Frother, an electric frother (photo courtesy Williams-Sonoma). [4] Aerolatte milk frother wand, a battery-operated frother (photo courtesy Williams-Sonoma).   November 8th is National Cappuccino Day, a beverage…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Chocolate-Covered Nuts & Nut Clusters

[1] Chocolate-covered almonds with sea salt. Photo courtesy Paleo Leap. [2] For a bigger bite (and they’re even easier to make): chocolate-covered nut clusters (photo courtesy Lindt USA). [3] Nuts setting on parchment paper (photo courtesy Paleo Lezap).   November 7th is National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day, which made us think: Why don’t we…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Panzanella (Bread Salad) & A Recipe For Autumn Panzanella

[2] This autumn panzanella (bread salad) adds squash and lentils to the green (photo courtesy Good Eggs). [2] Arugula: a delightfully bitter green (photo courtesy Park Seed Company).   Bread salad (panzanella), like French toast and croutons, is one of those delicious recipes invented by necessity: Poor people needed to get another meal from bread…
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