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Archive for August, 2009

TIP OF THE DAY: Low-Calorie Dips

Mix mustards, chutneys, pestos, and salsas with nonfat yogurt to create low-calorie, creamy dressings, dips and sauces. While condiments are great flavor-enhancers by themselves, transforming them into a creamy sauce adds versatility to your dishes. Using nonfat yogurt adds few calories compared with cream or sour cream. However, yogurt will separate when heated, so if you want a warm sauce, have the yogurt at room temperature and warm it ever-so-slightly. You can warm the mustard, chutney, pesto or salsa more easily, and then mix it with the yogurt.

  • See more yogurt recipes and reviews of our favorite artisan yogurts.

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RECIPE: Spicy Peanut Butter Burger

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A plump and juicy PB burger. Photo by Tanya F. | IST.

Put something different on the grill this Labor Day: a spicy peanut butter burger. Our recipe is courtesy of PB & Co., manufacturer of traditional and flavored all-natural peanut butter. For this recipe, they used “The Heat Is On,” their spicy PB, flavored with crushed red peppers, chili powder and a hint of vinegar. If you can’t pick up a jar, you can add these seasonings to your regular PB, to taste. You can use the recipe for beef, turkey or veggie burgers.

The PB adds richness and spice.If PB and burgers sounds strange to you, think of two classic dishes: chicken satay, with spicy peanut sauce (made with peanut butter); and a peanut butter and bacon sandwich.

 

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RECIPE: The Official Cocktail Of The U.S. Open

The U.S. Open runs through September 13. It has an official cocktail, the Honey Deuce, created by sponsor Grey Goose Vodka. If you’re watching the Open today, mix up a Honey Deuce and toast along with the crowds at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows. You’ll save the $12 it costs at the Open, although you won’t get the souvenir cup.

Here’s the Honey Deuce recipe; it makes one drink:

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 ounces Grey Goose Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Chambord or another premium raspberry liqueur
  • Lemonade (homemade is best)
  • 3-4 honeydew melon balls, frozen
  • Ice (crushed ice recommended)

 

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Honey Deuce: the official cocktail of the 2009 U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

Preparation

1. Freeze melon balls: Place them in a the freezer in a single layer in a sealed plastic bag, for an hour or overnight.
2. Fill a chilled Collins glass with ice. Add vodka, then pour in lemonade to half an inch below the rim.
3. Sprinkle raspberry liqueur over the top of the ice, so it slowly trickles down.
3. Garnish with melon balls, speared on a long cocktail pick if you wish.

 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Watermelon Martinis

Celebrate the end of summer with this delightful cocktail. Combine one part vodka (or citrus vodka) to 1-1/2 parts puréed watermelon. Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint. You also can keep watermelon cubes in the freezer to purée or mix in a blender for a frozen-style drink. If you don’t have fresh watermelon, try a variation with 1 part vodka and 1/2 part DeKuyper Pucker Watermelon Schnapps—handy during the months when there’s no fresh watermelon to be had. When there is, you can use this recipe and add some crushed fresh watermelon.

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PRODUCT: Agave-Sweetened Ice Cream

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Cherry Chocolate Chunk gelato from Organic
Nectars, a sugar-free trifeca for healthy
eating. It’s organic, kosher and raw! Photo by
Corey Lugg | THE NIBBLE.

Previously, people on sugar-restricted diets were limited in their choice of ice cream. But there are two premium products on the market that provide premium alternatives to artificially-flavored supermarket ice cream. Both are sweetened with agave.

Agave Dream is a premium ice cream developed by two moms who wanted a better choice for their children. Organic Nectars is a vegan product made from cashew “milk”; it’s also raw, kosher and, as the name implies, organic. Both companies make sorbet or granita as well as ice cream. They’re a real find for people who are steering clear of sugar.

  • Start with an overview of agave: what it is and why it’s good for you. (For starters, it has about half the glycemic index of sugar and honey.)
  • Have a taste of Agave Dream ice cream and sorbet.
  • Dig into Organic Nectars vegan, raw gelato and granita, plus agave-sweetened dessert toppings.
  • Feel like full-sugar frozen treats? Check out our Ice Cream & Sorbet Section for more of our favorites.
 

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