TIP OF THE DAY: Flash-Fried Herbs & Other Christmas Garnishes

A bit of red and green garnish turns almost anything into holiday fare. Since so many of our foods are white or beige, they can use a colorful lift. While a baked brie topped with cranberry relish and rosemary is a holiday staple in our home, we love garnishing other foods with crisp, flash-fried herbs.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: If You Buy, Buy Healthy (i.e., Buy This, Not That)

Tempting, delicious, good for you (photo courtesy Botanica | LA).   Over the recent Memorial Day weekend, we popped into a friend’s party. There was plenty to drink, and in an hour, salmon and steaks would start to sizzle. But the nibbles available prior to then were strictly “fraternity party”: cheese corn, potato chips, pretzels,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Mini Cheese Balls For The Cheese Course

[1] Mini cheese balls in phyllo cups. Here’s the recipe from A Spicy Perspective. [2] Stick a pretzel in it—or a carrot stick. Here’s the recipe from Five Heart Home. [3] Some like it hot. Here’s the recipe from Young Austinian. [4] Serve cheese balls with a green salad, combining the cheese course and the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Appetizers With Champagne

As you’re getting ready to pop the cork on New Year’s Eve, what nibbles should you serve with the Champagne or other sparkling wine? Here are seven favorite pairings with Champagne. CAVIAR You don’t need the deep pockets for sturgeon caviar. Salmon caviar, trout caviar or whitefish caviar are just dandy. We enjoy serving them…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cheese Hors d’Oeuvre For Entertaining Or Snacking

We found these photos on the Facebook page of Jarlsberg USA, and liked the idea for holiday entertaining as well as family snacking. Make four or five different versions to serve with cocktails, or one or two types for a TV snack. For a children’s activity, you can set out ingredients and let kids assemble…
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