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FOOD HOLIDAY: It’s National Blonde Brownie Day

It’s National Blonde Brownie Day—the blonde brownie is also known as the blondie. Celebrate with your favorite blondie, or send someone a gift of one of our favorites, from Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous Sweeties, a brownie company that makes a variety of blondies (they’re round, to boot!). The Cinnamon Blondie, shown in the photo, has a streusel topping—it’s a combination blondie and coffee cake. Can’t beat that! The Nutty Blondie, another favorite, combines sweet and salty with a topping of salty almonds, cashews and pecans. Strawberry Blonde is a peanut butter blondie with a strawberry swirl—PB&J in a blondie. And Tahiti, one of the best sellers, is a blondie topped with toasted coconut, cashews and dark chocolate chunks, with white chocolate morsels inside the blondie. All four are winners. Read our full review of Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous Sweeties, in the Cookies & Brownies Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.   Blondie
Sugardaddy’s Cinnamon Blondie—a blondie with a coffee cake topping.
 

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ARTICLE: Pancake/Waffle & Syrup Glossaries

Pancakes

Polka Dot Ceramics Collection, available now at SurLaTable.com, $31.50 for four pieces as shown (the feathered chickens are $9.95 and $19.95).

 

We received our weekly marketing email from Sur La Table today. If only we had room for all of the wonderful merchandise they dangle in front of us!

As New York City apartment dwellers, we live by a goods accounting principle called SOSO—Something In, Something Out. Otherwise, we’d be sharing our bed and bathtub with extra sets of dishes, woks and 10 cookbooks we’ll never get to read.

Don’t we wish we had room for this gay, polka dot breakfast set: a plate, bowl, mug and individual teapot for $31.50!

Instead, we’ll have to content ourselves with the pancakes, as we do have a pantry with white flour, buckwheat flour, regular cornmeal and blue corn, plus genuine maple syrup and some of Robert Lambert’s exotic fruit syrups (Golden Date, White Ginger, Grapefruit, Texas Lemon, Kaffir Lime, Bergamot Orange—who said Maple had exclusive claims on pancakes?).

 

  • Different Types Of Pancakes: Pancake lovers should check out our Pancake & Waffle Glossary to discover dozens of different types of pancakes from A (aebleskiver) to T (tlacoyos)…plus W for waffle, of course.
  • Different Types Of Syrup:You can learn about the 14 different types of syrup (not flavors, but types), plus other sugars and sweeteners, in our Glossary Of Sugars, Syrups & Sweeteners.

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    FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Banana Hot Chocolate

    Don’t monkey around: Purée a ripe banana and add it to hot chocolate.

    One banana is enough for two eight-ounce cups (it stretches further if you want just a little banana flavor). Here’s the simple recipe,

    We’re not saying this is a health drink, but it combines potassium and antioxidants and it sure is a mood elevator. For more variety, see our 25 ways to glamorize your hot chocolate. You can find our favorite products in the Cocoas and Hot Chocolates Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine—we’ve reviewed more than 75!
     
    RECIPE: BANANA HOT CHOCOLATE

    Ingredients For 2 Cups

  • Ripe or over-ripe banana, puréed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • Prepared hot chocolate (any kind is O.K.)
  • Optional garnish: whipped cream or marshmallow cream, crumbled graham crackers, banana chips
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    Preparation

    1. ADD 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and a grind of fresh nutmeg to the banana purée; then divide the mixture evenly between two mugs.

    2. POUR the hot chocolate (reheat as needed) over the purée and stir well. Garnish as desired and serve.

     

    Hot Chocolate

    Hot chocolate + banana = Banana Hot Chocolate (photo Melody Lan | THE NIBBLE).

     

    Banana purée is just one way to glamorize hot chocolate. See our 25 Tips and enjoy a different variation almost every day of the month.
     
    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COCOA & HOT CHOCOLATE

    There is a difference between cocoa and hot chocolate.

  • Cocoa is made from cocoa powder, hot chocolate is made from shaved chocolate bars.
  • Both are mixed with hot milk or water, but since cocoa powder is defatted (most of the cocoa butter is pressed out), hot chocolate is a richer beverage. It can easily have double the cocoa butter of cocoa powder.
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    FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Bad Wrap (For Cheeses)

    Fresh Chevre With Peppercorns
    I’m a living, breathing food—don’t plastic-wrap me! Fresh chévre topped with pepper from Cypress Grove Chevre.
      January 20th is Cheese Lover’s Day, so be sure to give your favorites the respect they deserve. Fine cheese is a living food that breathes and ages. Most cheese should not be kept in plastic wrap, which essentially suffocates the cheese, allows moisture to condense on the inside of the wrap and hastens spoilage. Stores may wrap cheese in plastic for efficiency, but their inventory turns over quickly. The one exception to the plastic wrap rule is dry, aged cheese like Parmesan, where the cheese’s moisture is largely evaporated. Wrap all other cheeses in waxed paper or butcher paper, both of which are protective but porous. Never buy more cheese than you plan to consume over the next few days: Enjoy cheese at its peak flavor. Explore the wonderful world of cheese in the Cheese Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.
     

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Kitchen Diary

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    Convert your old Filofax or Week-At-A-Glance to a kitchen diary.
      Keep a diary in your kitchen—or a document on your computer—of entertaining occasions and what you’ve served to which guests. It serves as a mind-jogger of what was popular, what dishes didn’t fly, who didn’t like fish, who has peanut allergies, et cetera. It also will remind you not to serve the same thing to the same people next time! We retrofitted our old Filofax to include sections for events, menus and guest lists; ideas for future events and pockets for clipped recipes and tips.
     

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