We love these summer rolls from the California Avocado Commission. It is adapted from Thai summer roll recipes. Made with gluten-free rice paper, rice noodles, lettuce and pickled vegetables, it is light and refreshing: great summer fare. You can make a lunch of them, snack on them, or serve them with summer drinks: iced tea, […]

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[1] Open-face Caprese sandwich for breakfast or brunch (photos #1 and #4 © Stella Cheese). [2] Mozzarella, tomatoes and basil are the components of “everything” Caprese. Check out the recipes (photo © S Vario Photo | Panther Media). [3] The same concept turns into crostini for snacks or cocktails. Here’s the recipe (photo © DeLallo). […]

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While the third week in July is National Prosecco Week, August 13th is National Prosecco Day. Prosecco, a sparkling wine, is our favorite summer wine—and a good year-round sparkler, taking its place among the world’s noteworthy sparkling wines. Light, fizzy, balanced with a layers of sweet fruit, it’s a good white wine to serve as […]

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Vegetables are delicious pickled, but so are fruits. Think sweet fruit in a spicy and tart marinade. This recipe for pickled apples, to celebrate National Apple Week, came to us from U.S. Apple. According to A Healthier Michigan, the first full week in August is National Apple Week. We can’t find other references for this […]

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[1] Add your favorite ingredients to a summer panzanella. Here’s a recipe from The Wanderlust Kitchen (photo © The Wanderlust Kitchen). [2] Panzanella is a way to turn lush summer tomatoes into a bread-and-tomato salad (photo © Baldor Specialty Foods).   Panzanella, a traditional Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes, is delicious way to use […]

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When wine in cans and boxes were first broadly available in the mid-1990s, we tried a couple and turned up our nose. At that time, we were writing about fine wine, and just didn’t find canned wines worth our focus. But American consumers flocked to canned wines. And, when “better” winemakers realized consumers liked them, […]

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The creamy filling in burrata cheese is called stracciatella (strah-chee-ah-TELL-ah). Stracciatella consists of shreds of fresh mozzarella soaked in sweet cream. Stracciatella is a soft, white, creamy buffalo (or sometimes, cow’s) milk cheese* made with straccia (little shreds) of mozzarella. It may be that most people buy burrata instead of mozzarella for the creamy stracciatella†. […]

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