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Archive for July, 2010

TIP OF THE DAY: Edible Flowers

For a special touch, garnish your
dishes with edible flowers. Photo by
Kelly Cline | IST.

Flowers have been eaten since the earliest times. More recently, violet was the rage during the Victorian era. You can still buy Choward’s Violet Candy and candied violets.

Rose petals, very popular in Middle East cuisines, can be found in the U.S. in preserves, confections and beverages (see Sence Rose Nectar)—and of course, to decorate wedding cakes and other desserts.

And don’t forget stuffed zucchini blossoms, still prized as a delicacy.

Summer is an ideal time to add edible flowers to your recipes. They speak of the season, provide color and are beautiful.

If you see edible flowers in your market’s produce section, pick up a box and have fun with them. They add interest and flavor to everything from salads and pasta to desserts.

Two caveats: Not all flowers are edible (some are poisonous). Edible varieties must be grown without pesticides in order to make it to the table.


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RECIPES: Spiked Ice Cream Soda

What’s new in ice cream sodas?

How about a shot of tequila, rum, vodka or liqueur?

The Barclay New York Hotel is helping guests beat the heat with a spiked ice cream soda menu.

Using their recipes, you can give new meaning to the concept of an ice cream social.

Pick a date, choose your “menu” from the six recipes and invite the guests! Those who don’t consume alcohol can enjoy their ice cream soda “virgin.”

This vanilla float includes shots of rum and
banana liqueur. Photo courtesy
Intercontinental Hotels.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Peppered Popcorn

Add fresh-ground pepper to popcorn for a
treat with heat. Photo by Katharine Pollak |

We were recently enjoying a shipment of delicious Doc Popcorn when one of the flavors leaped out of the bag to capture our heart and palate.

It was Salt-n-Pepper: classic salted, buttered popcorn with a healthy dose of spicy pepper. The fresh-ground pepper provided both heat and flavor. It’s terrific.

And it’s easy to re-create the experience at home: Just grind fresh pepper over your next batch of popcorn.

We enjoyed all of the flavors of Doc Popcorn, which include Better Butter, Caramel Kettle, Classic Kettle, Cheesy Cheddar, Hoppin’ Jalapeño, Sinfully Cinnamon & Sweet Butter Popcorn.

Popcorn is a whole-grain food. Three cups equal one serving of whole grains. The government’s dietary guidelines recommend six servings of grain per day, of which at least three should be whole grain.

Read our review of Doc Popcorn. Treat yourself, or send someone a gift.

Find more of our favorite gourmet snacks.

Here are more whole-grain options for your daily meal plan:

  • 3 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 slice whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 small (2-ounce) whole wheat bagel
  • 1/2 whole wheat English muffin
  • 1/2 cup brown rice or whole wheat pasta
  • 5 whole wheat crackers
  • 6-inch whole wheat flour tortilla


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RECIPES: Crab Galore

Like crab? We’ve got 10 crab recipes for a fine crustacean feast.

From popular dishes like crab cakes and crab and artichoke dip to crab salads and a savory crab cheesecake, your mouth will water.

  • Start with this easy recipe for crab spring rolls. You’ll be able to link to all the other recipes.
  • Learn the different types of crab meat: lump, backfin, white and claw. Which should you use for what type of dish?
  • You can also take a look at the different types of crab: blue crab, dungeness crab, king crab, snow crab, stone crab and more.
  • Check out all the types of seafood in our Seafood Glossary.

Crab rolls are a refreshing summer dish.
Photo courtesy Miller’s Select Crabmeat.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Trick To Separate Eggs

Photo by Sam Disegno | SXC.

Here’s one of our favorite kitchen tricks:

If you need to separate eggs but don’t have an egg separator—or the skill to separate eggs by hand without getting pieces of shell into the whites—fear not!

Simply break the eggs into a funnel!

The whites will fall through the chute and the yolks will remain in the bowl of the funnel. If you have a funnel, there’s no need to purchase an egg separator!

  • Discover the different types of eggs, how to make perfect hard-cooked eggs, recipes and more in our Eggs Section.

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