Tips and Tidbits
- Pop a container of the new Baker's Dipping Chocolate (available in dark and milk chocolate) in the microwave for a quick and easy fondue, or create an amazing array of fanciful desserts and petits fours by coating cubes of pound cake, cookies, candies, pretzels, and fruits. To harden the chocolate coating, place the dipped treats on a wax paper-lined tray and refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes or until set. Excess moisture can cause the chocolate to clump together, so be sure to pat fresh fruits dry with a paper towel before dipping. Leftover chocolate can be refrigerated up to two weeks and remelted. For more information visit www.bakerschocolate.com.
- Brighten a spring buffet with a festive bowl of Easter Egg Potatoes from Wood Prairie Farms. This colorful collection of baby egg-shaped organic potatoes is delicious roasted with a sprinkling of olive oil and fresh herbs or boiled and tossed with your favorite condiments for potato salad. Available in 2- to 20-pound boxes ($9.95 to $69.95) from www.woodprairie.com.
Eggshell Vases and Candy Dishes
Prepare egg dye according to package directions. Color extra-large raw eggs as desired and let dry. Pierce the narrow end of each egg with a sturdy pin or sewing needle. Using a small pair of sharp, pointed scissors, carefully snip away the top third of each eggshell. Empty out the white and yolk, and reserve for another use. Gently rinse the eggshells, and invert on paper towels to dry. Place eggshells in eggcups, and fill with water and fresh flowers or assorted pastel candies and trinkets.