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Archive for August 9, 2009

RECIPE: Ultra-Rich Vanilla Iced Coffee

On some summer days, it’s just too hot for coffee. Here’s a deluxe iced coffee recipe from entertaining maven Colleen Mullaney, author of how-to books such as It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere and Punch, a book of easy punch recipes, like this iced coffee recipe.

Coffee as punch? Is any liquid served in a punch bowl “punch?” Not exactly, but we’re taking some license here. A brief history of punch:

Punch is a general term that covers a wide assortment of mixed drinks, with or without alcohol. While they generally contain fruit or fruit juice, that isn’t essential. Punch, which seems quintessentially British, actually was discovered in India by the British sailors of the East India Company, and brought to England in the early 17th century; from there it spread to other countries. The word “punch” is adapted from the Hindi panch. In India, panch, earlier called paantsch, was made from five different ingredients: sugar, lemon, water, tea or spices and an alcoholic spirit. The word for “five” in Sanskrit is panchan; derivations of the word exist in the different Indian dialects.

Coffee On The Cubes is one of Colleen’s favorite beverages, a way to serve a festive coffee recipe that keeps it cool for hot days. Move over, iced moccachino: This recipe is super-rich from the cream, but it is unsweetened; guests add their own sugar to taste. See the recipe.

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Keep cool this August with this super-rich iced coffee recipe.

 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Rice Pudding Perfection

August 9th is National Rice Pudding Day, and nobody does the creamy comfort food quite like Rice to Riches. It’s the only item sold at the shop in New York City’s SoHo, and they’ll ship overnight to anywhere in the U.S. The ever-changing menu features more than a dozen flavors daily. You might find “Fluent in French Toast,” “Honey Graham for Mr. Smith” and “Take Me to Tiramisu.” Rich, creamy and made from top ingredients, it’s no wonder that fans from every generation line up every day for their RPF (rice pudding fix). Surprise someone with a gift of rice pudding; surely, they’ve never gotten one before!

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