[1] Cucumber hummus stacks. For variety, there are many other fillers (photo courtesy Willow Tree Farm). [2] Fancy or casual roulades: julienned cucumbers rolled in prosciutto. You can soak the cucumbers in gin! (Here’s the recipe from Parma Crown.) [3] Cucumbers, yogurt, garlic and dill are the ingredients of Greek tzatziki, but can also be […]

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June 10th is National Iced Tea Day. Here are some fun facts from Pure Leaf Tea. Tea is the number-one-consumed beverage in the world, after water. While most of the world consumes iced tea, in the U.S., almost 80% of the tea consumed is iced. 1. Tea leaves and wine grapes share similarities. Both tea […]

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Watermelon and feta stacks. The recipe is below (photo courtesy Mozzarella Company). [2] Instead of the dressing in the recipe below, you can drizzle balsamic glaze across the plate, as shown (photo courtesy Watermelon.org). [3] This Watermelon “Caprese” uses the conventional Caprese cheese, mozzarella, and substitutes watermelon for the not-yet-in-season tomatoes. It adds pizzazz with […]

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In that barely-monitored process of declaring national holidays, the National Mango Board and National Papaya Board ended up as the monthly national holidays in June. Mango and papayas are both tropical tree fruits, but from different parts of the tropics. While both are now cultivated worldwide: Mango originated in South Asia. Payapa is native to […]

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[1] One way to celebrate: gingerbread bars with cream cheese frosting. Here’s the recipe (photo courtesy McCormick). [2] Celebrate with gingerbread cupcakes. Here’s the recipe (photo courtesy Pillsbury). [3] Gingerbread muffins. Here’s the recipe from I Heart Eating. [4] Gingerbread bundt cake. Here’s the recipe (photo courtesy Nordicware).   June 5th is National Gingerbread Day. […]

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June is National Iced Tea Month, inspiring one of our favorite tips: Brew your own iced tea. It’s easy to buy bottles of ready-brewed tea. Bbut if you drink a bottle or two a day (or more), why pay dollars when you can enjoy it for pennies—and be kind to the environment at the same […]

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Not all organic eggs are created equal (photo courtesy The Egg Farm). By the way, the color of the shell has no bearing on flavor. Different hen subspecies lay different color shells. Mega-producers choose hybrid hens that lay the most eggs, for the longest period of time…and have white shells.   You may buy organic […]

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