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Archive for August 16, 2009

RECIPES: Celebrate National Panini Month

Cheese producer Sargento has declared August National Panini Month. It’s National Sandwich Month, so why shouldn’t panini, Italian sandwiches, share the glory?

To celebrate, we’re bringing you eight delicious recipes, courtesy of Sargento and Chef Jason Denton. If you don’t have a panini maker, you can use an electric countertop grill or a gas grill. There’s everything from tuna to mozzarella, tomato and pesto (a Caprese salad on a sandwich!) to ham and Swiss with fig jam. Dig in!

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With sharp provolone, pesto and arugula, this
panini is not your everyday turkey sandwich. Photo courtesy of Sargento.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Elegant Summer Lemonade

It’s National Lemonade Day, so whip up a pitcher. The ratio is 1 cup of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 1 cup of water and 2/3 cup of sugar for a tart lemonade—you can add more sugar to taste. However, we prefer not to sweeten the lemonade at all since quite a few people prefer calorie-free sweeteners or even honey. We provide a bowl of superfine sugar (it dissolves more easily than regular table sugar) plus Equal or Splenda, some fine artisan honey and a bottle of agave. If you’re using a glass pitcher, slice a small orange, a large lime and a lemon as décor. Add a sprig of mint to each glass, plus a notched strawberry to the rim. We also make ice cubes from lemonade so it doesn’t dilute the drink, and keep them in a color-coded iSi Orka ice cube tray.

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