[1] Bubble tea; bubble coffee looks pretty much the same (photo courtesy Twinings). [2] Strawberry “bubble tea.” The fruit drinks are a “freeze” made in a blender with tea, fresh fruit, simple syrup, ice and tapioca balls (photo by Dream Big Photos | IST). [3] Matcha bubble tea. Here’s the recipe from Two Sleevers). [4] […]

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For National Fortune Cookie Day, July 20th, the perfect drink. Make it with vodka or rum: The choice is yours. Ganbei!   RECIPE: FORTUNE COOKIE COCKTAIL Ingredients Per Drink 2 tablespoons/1 ounce vanilla vodka (substitute plain vodka), rum or spiced rum 2 tablespoons/1 ounce amaretto liqueur 2 tablespoons/1 ounce Irish cream liqueur 1/2 cup ice […]

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[1] Artisan lollipops from Quevanna. [2] European lollipop art (photo courtesy Williams-Sonoma). [3] Taking lollipops to the next level: art. From MolassesCandy.Blogspot.   July 20th is National Lollipop Day. According to the National Confectioners Association, eating sugar from a stick likely dates to prehistoric man, who licked honey off the stick he used to scrape […]

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July 19th is National Daiquirí Day, honoring a rum drink conceived by a mining engineer on a hot Cuban evening in 1898. Here’s the history of the Daiquirí—named after the town in which it was created—as well as the original Daiquirí recipe. The Frozen Daiquirí never took off the way the Frozen Margarita has. While […]

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[1] Chilled strawberry soup with a drizzle of vanilla yogurt. Here’s the five-minute recipe from Carlsbad Cravings. [2] Pineapple gazpacho. Here’s the recipe from Urban Accents. [3] Honeydew-cucumber gazpacho with fresh herbs and green chiles. The recipe is in the article (courtesy Rio Luna). [4] Rio Luna premium canned chiles (courtesy Rio Luna).   A […]

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If most marshmallows are “take it or leave it” to you; if you like artisan marshmallows; or if any marshmallow is a friend of yours; then we’d like to introduce you to Smashmallow (photo #1): commercially-distributed marshmallows in the artisan style. These commercially-produced marshmallows have all the appeal of artisan marshmallows handmade by confectioners. Just […]

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[1] So simple: Just add some berries to the top of a cheesecake. This cake adds some chamomile blossoms to the strawberries. You can leave the berries plain, or substitute something else, like granola or cookie crumbs. (photo courtesy King Arthur Flour). [2] This approawch is foolproof: Place the fruit on the serving plate (photo […]

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[1] Bouillabaisse, a fish soup or stew from Marseille (photo courtesy Mackenzie Ltd). [2] Escargots, a delicacy of snails in garlic and parsley butter (photo courtesy Williams Sonoma). [3] Tarte tatin (photo courtesy Taste.com.au). [4] Ratatouille with a fried egg (photo courtesy Elegant Affairs Caterers).   July 14th is Bastille Day, the national day of […]

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For National French Fry Day, July 13th, treat yourself to the largest French fry we’ve ever seen. Created at Michael Jordan’s The Steak House in New York City, you’ll need a fork and knife—unless you want to eat it caveman-style. Each fry (photo #1) is the size of one whole Idaho russet potato (photo #2) […]

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[1] Fairytale’s Magic Morsels are “bites,” one-quarter the size of a standard brownie (photo courtesy Fairytale Brownies). [2] Tasty healthfulness: delicious by themselves, with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee (photo courtesy Kristin Hostetter | SNewsnet). [3] Are low-sugar gummy bears guilt-free? Pretty much (photo courtesy Smart Sweets).   When we were […]

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