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Archive for June, 2010

TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Lemonade Recipe

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

Why purchase bottled lemonade or mixes, when it’s so easy to make better-tasting homemade lemonade from fresh-squeezed lemons? The difference is night and day.

This recipe makes fifteen 8-ounce glasses of fresh lemonade. You can adjust the sweetening to your own taste.

  • For a zero-calorie drink, use non-caloric sweetener.
  • For a low-glycemic drink, use agave nectar.
  • You can also use this recipe to make fresh limeade.
  • And varying the garnishes makes the recipe “new” each time.
  • A shot of vodka or gin turns lemonade into a splendid cocktail.
  • For Memorial Day, Independence Day or other patriotic occasion, add red and blue berries (red cherries, raspberries or strawberries, plus blueberries or blackberries).

    Take advantage of the short fresh cherry
    season to add bright color and sweet flavor
    to your lemonade. Photo courtesy Cherry
    Marketing Institute.



  • 1.5 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice (about 6 large lemons at room temperature)
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 1 cup of table sugar or equivalent (agave, honey, non-caloric sweetener, simple syrup)
  • Ice
  • Garnish: berries, cherries, lemon wheel, mint leaves, watermelon cubes
  • Optional: straws

    1. Roll lemons on the counter before squeezing, to maximize the juice output.

    2. Combine water, juice and the three-quarters of the sweetener in a pitcher and mix thoroughly. Taste and adjust sweetness bit by bit. The objective is to keep the lemon flavor first and foremost and not make sugar the first thing you taste. It’s better to under-sweeten than over-sweeten: People can always add more sweetener to suit their individual taste.

    3. Regular table sugar doesn’t dissolve easily in cold water. A better solution is superfine sugar or simple syrup (easy to make).

    4. Add ice to glasses and fill with lemonade and garnish. Ideally, chill the lemonade prior to serving so it will be cold and require less ice (or no ice), which dilutes the flavor. You can also use one of our favorite tips: make lemonade ice cubes.

    5. To garnish: Slice an extra lemon into wheels and cut notches so they sit on rim of glasses. You can also notch watermelon cubes. Or, fit a straw through the larger fruit such as watermelon and strawberries).


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    VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Grilling

    Don’t freestyle—learn how to grill like
    a pro. Photo by Anastazzo | IST.

    With a summer of grilling opportunities ahead, THE NIBBLE has videos to help you perfect your technique:

    • How to grill the perfect burger over coals
    • How to grill a burger on a gas grill
    • How to grill perfect lamb chops
    • How to grill a perfect ribeye steak
    • How to grill the perfect sirloin steak
    • How to grill a porterhouse on a charcoal grill or a gas grill


    Check out these tasty videos in our Videos Section. The grilling videos are in Player 1 under the tab “Techniques On The Grill.”

    Take a look 15 recipes from the Grilling Hall Of Fame of Crisco No-Stick Cooking Sprays.


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    JULY 4th: Which Beer To Serve?

    Americans like to celebrate their independence with beer:

    July 4th is the biggest beer-selling holiday in the country. Supermarkets alone are projected to sell 24 million cases for a total of $41 billion in retail sales.

    If you’re serving beer, look for craft brews for thematic names:

    • Samuel Adams, is available in most places.
    • Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia makes Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale, based on Jefferson’s original recipe.
    • What could be more perfect than Independence Pale Ale, from Independence Brewing in Austin, Texas.
    • Enlist the celebrants to sign the Declaration Of Beer Independence.

    You also can contemplate George Washington’s own hand-written recipe for beer (the original is in a notebook owned by the New York Public Library):

    Take a large Siffer [Sifter] full of Bran Hops to your Taste. — Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gall[ons] into a cooler put in 3 Gall[ons] Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot or rather draw the Melasses into the cooler & St[r]ain the Beer on it while boiling Hot. let this stand till it is little more than Blood warm then put in a quart of Yea[s]t if the Weather is very Cold cover it over with a Blank[et] & let it Work in the Cooler 24 hours then put it into the Cask — leave the bung open till it is almost don[e] Working — Bottle it that day Week it was Brewed.”

    That’s too much work for us—we’ll just head for the Samuel Adams in the fridge.

    Enjoy THE NIBBLE’s Beer Glossary.

    Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and
    George Washington loved their beer! Photo
    courtesy Yards Brewing Company.

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    TIP OF THE DAY: July 4th Burgers

    What’s between the bun? Not beef! Photo
    courtesy Rudi’s Organic Bakery.

    Celebrate your independence on July 4th by grilling ground meat other than beef. We’re not talking turkey burgers, but:


    They may not be familiar between-the-bun choices, but they’re terrific and also healthier than beef—lower in fat, calories and cholesterol. (In fact, we prefer them to beef burgers.)

    Check with your butcher, or consider a sampler pack from Blackwing Quality Meats, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week and North America’s leading producer of certified organic meats.

    A seven-pound sampler of tender, delicious “alternative” ground meats includes all of the varieties above plus Piedmontese beef, a uniquely lean and tender heirloom cattle breed that originated 25,000 years ago in the foothills of the Italian Alps.

    • Check out the sampler at (search for “ground sampler”).
    • Want to stick with beef? Snazz it up with our 35+ burger recipes: more than a month’s worth of different ways to serve a burger.


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    TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Coffee Candy

    Yesterday’s posts focused on tea. Now coffee gets its turn—in the form of coffee candy.

    The artisans at How Do You Take Your Coffee?, a confectioner in Reno, Nevada, like their coffee so much that they freshly roast their own beans prior to making four different types of coffee candy.

    The candies are innovative and sure to please the coffee lover—and the chocolate lover, too, since there’s a touch of chocolate in each.

    The line is very different from Caffe Acapella coffee bars, a prior Top Pick Of The Week. Caffe Acapella make a chocolate bar-like product that’s all coffee.

    How Do You Take Your Coffee? has bite-size candies—like the Java Rocks in the photo plus coffee and chocolate in a candy shell (think coffee M&Ms). The company uses fairly-traded coffee beans to make its products.

    Java indeed rocks in this line of coffee
    candy. Photo by Katharine Pollak | THE NIBBLE.

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