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When I was first introduced to fondue as a child by my fromage-fiend mother, I simply didn't get it. Granted, at the time I was in the throes of a regrettable melted-cheese phobia, so when we'd dine on this cheesy delight, I'd sullenly munch on cubes of crusty bread and the other accoutrement. Thankfully, I came to my senses in my teens, and have since dived into fondue-fanaticism full force.
Gooey and rich, this Swiss dish is meant to be lingered over with friends or a loved one, and is especially apropos during the chilly Winter months. Better yet, fondue is one of those seemingly fussy dishes that's extremely easy to re-create at home, provided one has the requisite equipment. Here I'm using a vintage fondue stand and a standard saucepan, but if I were to invest in another set-up it'd be this ingenious set-up from Trudeau
($80) that comes highly recommended by the fine folk at Cook's Country. Other than that it's just a bit of minor prep work (cubing bread, assembling other accoutrement, shredding cheese) and a quick turn in a pot and you're good to go. Just don't forget to pair it with good company and a glass (or two) of crisp white wine!
Tempering chocolate can be done at home in about two hours, but you'll need a candy thermometer and the proper couverture chocolate, which has a higher cocoa fat percentage and will melt and coat things easier. If there are any two rules to remember, do not get any water on the chocolate or else it will seize. Also, stick to the exact temperatures or you run the risk of creating a myriad of unpalatable chocolate globs. Keep reading to learn how to temper white chocolate.
If you were to stop and go through the quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies weighing down your purse or cluttering up your car cup holder, how much do you think you'd collect? $10? $25? Well, according to the experts at Coinstar, the average amount cashed in for eCertificates and/or gift cards at their coin kiosks is a whopping $56 — twice as much as people think they have. Talk about a nice, unexpected chunk of change as we head into the holiday season (especially since so many of us go over budget on holiday shopping!).
Our advice to you: make every coin count! Take a few minutes to grab all the spare change "jingle-belling" in your purses, pockets, car, and desk drawers, then hit your local Coinstar kiosk, where you can turn the contents of your coin jar into cash or no-fee eCertificates from popular brands, including Amazon, iTunes, Gap, and Starbucks. Click here to find the Coinstar kiosk closest to you.
Now that you know there might be more change lying around than you think, what would you do with those extra pennies this holiday?
What's chocolate looking like as we enter Valentine's Day 2013? Imagine nut-butter fillings, tea-infused ganaches, and bean-to-bar chocolates — to name a few delicious decadences. Get ready to feast your eyes on the most captivating bars, bonbons, and truffles. What are you waiting for? It's time to treat yourself to eight chocolate trends!
This Valentine's Day, create a sweet tablescape inspired by the romance of the holiday. Join our host Brandi Milloy as she preps for a dessert party complete with rose petals, florals, romance novels, and love letters. See what's being served — chocolate-dipped strawberries, sugar-coated candies, white-chocolate-enrobed pretzels, and cherry-garnished flutes of Champagne, for a start! — and learn how to re-create it all when you watch our video.
Special thanks to Edward Marc Chocolatier, Paper & Pigtails by Kori Clark, and Sweet and Saucy Shop. On Brandi: dress by Givenchy from Forward by Elyse Walker, necklace by Capwell & Co, bracelets by Kenneth Jay Lane. Featured music: Showstopper by Brandon & Leah.
- Two trendy foods, hummus and Greek yogurt, come together — Tasting Table
- Martin Yan talks about rising Chinese food prices — Zagat
- Is this the world's most expensive bacon sandwich? — Delish
- Take a look at all the foods you're mispronouncing — Yahoo! Shine
- Does decanting wine really work? — HuffPost Taste
- Jimmy Fallon finds out how cereal milk daiquiris are made — Eater
- Padma pokes fun at her own scar — The Braiser
This Valentine's Day, we've got you covered with recipes for every occasion, whether you're poised to create a casual night in or preparing to host a classic dinner with a special someone. From sexy, healthy aphrodisiacs to sultry chocolates, there's sure to be something to fit your bill. Here are a few of our all-time love-conducing courses.
Oysters With Champagne Mignonette
Easy Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Nutella Pound Cake