My F&W
quick save (...)

11 Secrets to Easy Parties

Elegant Cocktail-Party Solution

La Petite Pearle offers perfect samplers of exceptionally fresh-tasting American roes (our favorite is the Transmontanus Rex from Idaho), blini and crème fraîche (from $26 a sampler; lapetitepearle.com).

Candy Craving

Dark chocolate is having its moment, with new versions of classic American candies like M&M'S and Raisinets. Hershey's dark-chocolate Cacao Reserve bars are a fresh take on the old-fashioned ones.

Pie Crust Winner

Pillsbury was the all-around winner in F&W's taste test of ready-made pie crusts. We found that both its already-rolled pie crust and Pet-Ritz pie-crust-in-a-pan cook evenly, and are lightly sweet and flaky.

Smart Cracker

Keebler's buttery new Town House Toppers have a raised edge to neatly hold in fillings ($3.50; keebler.com).

New for the Charcuterie Platter

Iowa-based La Quercia makes amazing culaccia—a kind of ultrameaty, superluscious prosciutto—from heirloom-breed Berkshire hogs ($24 a pound; laquercia.us).

Stuck on Caramels

Our favorite dessert caramels: Christopher Elbow's turtles are sprinkled with fleur de sel ($15 for six; 816-842-1300). éclat Chocolate's truffles are filled with oozing caramel and spiked with spicy ginger or Calvados ($18 for 12; eclatchocolate.com). Jin Patisserie's new caramels come in exceptional flavors like clove ($21 for nine; jinpatisserie.com).

Published November 2006
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Comments

Add A Comment

    Add a Comment

    See our terms
    You must be logged in to comment. or
    advertisement
    The Dish
    Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
    The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
    F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.
    advertisement

    Tune in on Wednesdays at 10PM ET for Top Chef: Boston, the 12th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

    Already looking forward to next year (June 19-21, 2015)? Relive your favorite moments from the culinary world's most sensational weekend in the Rocky Mountains.