Hibiscus is a flower (photo #2) that is brewed into an herbal tea, a caffeine-free tea also called a tisane. Tisanes are infusions of flowers, herbs, roots, spices, or other plant material. Long used in homeopathic medicine, they are now enjoyed by people seeking a caffeine-free beverage.     THE TASTE OF HIBISCUS We first […]

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Looking for some sophisticated party fun? Here’s an idea from Elegant Affairs Caterers, riffing on tomato soup and grilled cheese: Gazpacho shooters, topped with mini grilled cheese sandwiches. Make your favorite gazpacho recipe, and use thin bread for the grilled cheese (photo #1). Another fun gazpacho idea: top the shot glass with Tostitos Scoops filled […]

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[1] Yellow watermelon (photo © Good Eggs).   August 3rd is National Watermelon Day (July is National Watermelon Month). A summer favorite, watermelon so refreshing because of its extremely high water content. (Like a glass of ice water, it’s even more refreshing when chilled.) Watermelon is the juiciest of melons, about 92% water by weight. […]

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[1] A refreshing glass of IPA. The flowers to the left of the glass are hops (photo © Homebrewers Association). [2] For IPA fanatics, there’s a special glass engineered to highlight the flavors and aromas of IPA (photo © Kegworks). [3] On a summer day, enjoy a cold IPA with an antipasto plate (photo © […]

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For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been snacking away on Cheddies, Hint and Nature’s Bakery.     1. CHEDDIES CHEDDAR CRACKERS Cheddies were a serendipitous food find. We were at an enormous trade show—think the Disneyland of food, occupying an entire convention center. After tasting samples, for four hours straight. We could not try […]

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July 31st is National Raspberry Cake Day. We’ve got a bunch of raspberry cake recipes below, but the easiest one is an ice cream cake made from four items you pick up at the store. Here’s how we created the recipe. We used a loaf pound cake instead of the round one pictured, because it’s […]

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[1] Mixed seafood salad with black rice (photo © DeLallo). [2] Italian black rice (photo © InHarvest). [3] When cooked, black rice becomes purplish (photo Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE). [4] Gulf shrimp (photo © I Love Blue Sea). [5] Cooked lobster meat from Get Maine Lobster (photo © Get Maine Lobster).   One of […]

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While we’d always perused the specialty cocktail menu at restaurants for some interesting combination of ingredients (the type of recipe you’d never thought to put together), our colleague Rowann has always ordered an Aperol Spritz, an apéritif created in northern Italy. One day we tasted hers, and yum! We’ve now become an Aperol Spritz enthusiast. […]

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[1] Thai iced tea. In her version, Wife Mama Foodie uses coconut milk instead of evaporated milk. Here’s her recipe (photo © Wife Mama Foodie). [2] The tea bags are available in boxes of 20 from Amazon and Walmart (photo © Wangderm).   Thai iced tea, known as cha-yen (cha is the word for tea), […]

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