TIP OF THE DAY: Spices & Dried Herbs As Plate Garnishes

[1] Chef Eric Levine adds a ring of flavorful spices around a circle of salad. [2] At Obicà, a Neapolitan-focused restaurant, Chef Erind Halilaj adds a dramatic spice stripe over butternut squash ravioli. [3] They’re not spices, but crumbs, used here by Chef Daniel Eddy of Rebelle, are lovely garnishes. [4] Spice blends make tasty… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Spices & Dried Herbs As Plate Garnishes”

FOOD 101: Vanilla Vs. French Vanilla

A reader writes: What’s the difference between vanilla and French vanilla? Simply this: Vanilla is the flavoring made from the vanilla bean Vanilla beans themselves are identified in the trade by origin: Indonesian, Madagascar (Bourbon), Mexican, Tahitian, etc. (see the different types (origins) of vanilla beans). Vanilla ice cream without eggs is called Philadelphia-style ice… Continue reading “FOOD 101: Vanilla Vs. French Vanilla”

COCKTAIL RECIPE: Fizzy Lemonade With Sambuca

Each weekend we try a new cocktail recipe. Last weekend it was Fizzy Lemonade, a fresh lemonade made with club soda and sambucca. The recipe was sent to us by Molinari Sambuca Extra.   ANISE-FLAVORED LIQUEURS & SPIRITS Sambuca (som-BOO-kah) is an anise-flavored liqueur from Italy, one of a family of anise-flavoured alcohol that also… Continue reading “COCKTAIL RECIPE: Fizzy Lemonade With Sambuca”

TIP OF THE DAY: Bitters In Your Coffee

Many “cocktail households” have a bottle of Angostura bitters, to splash into a Manhattan or other recipe. In fact, you can add bitters to still or sparkling water, regular or diet soda, hot or iced tea and coffee. If you follow food and beverage trends, you’ve no doubt seen the Renaissance in artisan bitters. In… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Bitters In Your Coffee”

TIP OF THE DAY: Hibiscus Salt & Ways To Use It

Top: Margarita rim. Second: Cupcake garnish. Third: Salad garnish. Third: Eggs. Photos courtesy Hibiscus-Salt.com. Bottom: Hibiscus flower. Photo courtesy TypesOfFlower.com.   A number of years ago, hibiscus flowers became a trendy ingredient for mixologists and pastry chefs, with the import of Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup from Australia’s Wild Hibiscus Flower Company. It took us… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Hibiscus Salt & Ways To Use It”