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: Muscadine Grapes

What are those jumbo grapes you occasionally find in the market? They’re muscadine grapes, Vitis rotundifolia, a species native to the warm, humid climate of the southeastern and south-central United States. The vines are well adapted to their native warm and humid climate. The grape has been extensively cultivated since the 16th century. Today there…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pie Crust Cutters

Give your holiday pies some panache with these snowflake pie crust cutters from Williams-Sonoma. For a special holiday-themed pie, try this one from the Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen. Prep time is 60 minutes, cook time is 60 minutes.     RECIPE: CRANBERRY SNOWFLAKE PIE This recipe makes a deep-dish pie. If you don’t have a deep-dish…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Red & Green Holiday Cocktail Garnishes

You can create special holiday cocktails with seasonal ingredients—cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint. But you can add a touch of red and green to Martinis and Margaritas as well. Here, some suggestions to get you thinking about holiday cocktail garnishes.     OPENING THOUGHTS If you want a red and green motif, cruise the aisles of…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cocktail Glass Rimmers

[1] A mezcal cocktail rimmed with a deep half rim, a blend of chipotle and black lava salt (at Olmsted | Brooklyn). [2] A full rim covering just the top of the glass, with two different seasonings: half salt, half Tajin (at Alma Cocina Latina | Baltimore). [3] A Thai Margarita rimmed with a blend…
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