FOOD 101: What Are Hops?

September 28th is Drink Beer Day. Only a few ingredients are needed to make beer; typically, barley malt, unmalted grain, hops, yeast and water. We were explaining to a friend that our favorite beers are heavily hopped IPAs. “What exactly are hops?” he asked. We turned to Samuel Adams, the pioneering craft beer brewer, and…
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RECIPE: Strawberry Cream Pie

Make a delicious strawberry cream pie. Photo courtesy California Milk Advisory Board.   Today is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day. A cream pie is a plain pastry or crumb pastry shell with a pudding or pudding-like filling. Butterscotch, chocolate, frangipane and vanilla are most common, as are banana cream pie, coconut cream pie, strawberry or…
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PRODUCTS: Green Sriracha & Japanese Spicy Mayo

Green sriracha and spicy mayo: Two delicious new ways to heat things up. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.   Sriracha, a hot sauce that originated in Thailand, has become mainstream in American supermarkets. It is used as a table condiment, a recipe ingredient and a flavoring for snacks like popcorn and potato chips.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Apple Crisps Are Easy To Make

You may not make homemade pie because you don’t like crust that much—or just don’t like wielding it. You can enjoy the same baked apple flavor with a betty or crisp (a.k.a. crumble). The differences, along with dough-topped variations such as cobbler, grunt, pandowdy and slump, are below. BEST APPLES FOR BAKING When you bake…
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