What comes after happily ever afterIt can be a harsh...


February 07, 1996|By Karol V. Menzie

What comes after happily ever after

It can be a harsh wake-up call for newlyweds: After the church, after the ballroom, after the fancy honeymoon suite, it's time to face -- the kitchen.

Helping young couples cook happily ever after is New York state caterer and wedding authority Abigail Kirsch with "The Bride and Groom's First Cookbook" (Doubleday, $27.50, with Susan M. LTC Greenberg). Designed for busy, two-career couples, it offers, besides recipes, tips on basic equipment, stocking a pantry and minimizing disagreements in the kitchen.

Cheaper thrills

When Consumers Union, the product-testing outfit based in Yonkers, N.Y., trained its sights on chocolate candy -- just in time for Valentine's Day -- its panel of judges rated Fannie May chocolates, widely available in grocery and drug stores for about $10.50 per pound, nearly as pleasing as specialty brands such as Godiva ($29 a pound), and far better than Perugina ($16.99). And Fannie Mae's caramels were the best, CU says in the February issue of Consumer Reports.

Bennett bottle

Planning to toast your beloved with a bit of bubbly next week? Put on a romantic recording by crooner Tony Bennett and open a bottle of Korbel's limited edition Tony Bennett bottle, with artwork by the singer, who is nearly as well-known for his painting as for his singing. It's available at retail outlets for $12.99.


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