Foie Gras + Champagne = New Year’s Eve

The best New Year’s Eve party holds delights for the senses, especially our favorite sense: taste. With champagne, truffles, caviar, foie gras and charcuterie you have the makings of a very fine evening. Let’s talk about foie gras, shall we? There are so many ways to enjoy it, but here are five simple ideas for getting…

The Charcuterie Board: An Instant Party

Charcuterie (shahr-cute-uh-ree) is a French word for any smoked, dry-cured or cooked meat. This category includes favorites like bacon, ham, pâté and sausages. More esoteric items like terrines, rillettes, galantines and duck confit are also considered charcuterie. Although this is not a uniquely French culinary tradition – every culture has methods for preserving meat –…

Eat With Your Hands

We love eating with our hands – don’t you? There are some foods you just have to eat that way, and there is no shame in it. Think of chicken wings – that’s definitely hands-only. And Mediterranean mezze with pita bread, which helps you scoop up all those little bites. There is nothing wrong with…

How to Assemble a Cheese and Charcuterie Board

When it’s time to plan a party, we always vote for a charcuterie board. This platter of smoked, cured and cooked meats is perfect for a pre-dinner spread, small bites and cocktails, or even for a football viewing party. But we love cheese almost as much as charcuterie, so it seemed natural to pair them and…

Top 5 Oscar Party Recipes

Looking for some finger foods for your Oscar viewing party? Here are our top nominees for tastiest appetizers this year. Try a few and see if they win any awards at your house. And be sure to share photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 1. In the category of “Most Likely to Be…

Featured Recipe: Blini with Caviar

Perfect for your New Year’s Eve fete, this easy recipe for blini uses all-purpose flour instead of buckwheat for a light texture and delicate flavor that lets our French caviar shine! Give it a try! Ingredients 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast, (one 1/4 ounce envelope) 1/2 cup warm water, (about 110 degrees) 1 cup…