TIP OF THE DAY: Circular Plating, Trending With Chefs

Often, what makes the familiar exciting again is presentation. We love this circular plating trend, exemplified by these three salads and a main course. You can use the technique for any course that goes onto a plate. For the past couple of years, we’ve noticed the trend creeping up among creative restaurant chefs. It’s not…
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RECIPE: Valentine Brownies

Want to bring something fun to work or school for Valentine’s Day? These strawberry brownies from Kevin Lynch of Closet Cooking can be made for any occasion. But we especially like the heart-shaped effect of halved strawberries for “love” occasions: Mother’s, Father’s, Valentine’s, anniversaries, etc. You can adapt the idea to your favorite brownie, or…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Know Your Eggnog!

Eggnog or egg nog is a descendant of milk-and-wine punches that had long been part of European celebrations when colonists arrived in the Americas. Rum, a New World distillation, enabled a spirited substitution for the wine. Eggnog became a popular wintertime drink throughout Colonial America. Then as now, people loved the rich, spicy, alcoholic brew.…
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FOOD FUN: Watermelon On A Stick ~ And Many, Many Other Foods

Many people believe that everything tastes better on a stick. That’s why we consistently come across foods that have no need to be on a stick, served on a stick. County fairs and urban street fairs are full of them. We’re not talking about skewers, which make grilling and serving easier; or ice pops, candy…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Waffle Bar

For fun party fare, set up a waffle bar. Guests take a plain waffle and add favorite toppings to create their dream waffle dessert. Set out different bowls of: Sliced bananas and other fruits Berries Chocolate chips Toffee bits Sliced almonds Syrups and/or dessert sauces (chocolate, caramel, berry) Whipped cream Ice cream Anything else that…
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