TIP OF THE DAY: Plate Decorating With Sauce

[1] These “flowers” are simply polka dots pulled together with a toothpick (see the video below; photo courtesy Gardenia | NYC). [2] Any food that isn’t made in a sauce can be decorated (photo courtesy Shalit Foods). [3] Keep your favorite sauces in the fridge, ready to squeeze (photo courtesy Pure Joy Concepts). [4] You…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Citrus Salads

[1] Citrus with beets and greens have eye appeal and taste great (here’s the recipe from Southern Living). [2] Pretty as a picture (here’s the recipe from Today). [3] An elegant take on ambrosia (recipe at right, from Fosters Market).   When cold weather limits the choices of both fruits and vegetables, a sprightly citrus…
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FOOD FUN: Blooming Marshmallows For Your Hot Chocolate

First there was blooming tea: a specially tied bundle of tea leaves and flower petals that opens into a flower when placed in hot water. Now, there’s the blooming marshmallow, from innovative pastry chef Dominique Ansel. Blossoming Hot Chocolate—more accurately, blossoming marshmallow—is a thin marshmallow, cut like a flower, and bunched up to resemble a…
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TIP OF THE DAY & VIDEO: How To Make Good Espresso

  It’s National Espresso Day, so trade your regular cup of java* for an espresso. Some people are intimidated by an espresso machine. This video shows how easy it is to use one. Espresso can only be made in an espresso machine, which exerts a specific amount of pressure on the ground coffee beans. The…
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COOKING VIDEO: How To Ice A Cake

  It’s easy to follow a recipe and bake a delicious cake. Icing it beautifully is the challenge. Pastry chefs practice long and hard until they perfect an absolutely smooth icing. And they learn some tricks along the way. You can use the holiday season to practice, practice, practice. The people upon whom you bestow…
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