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TIP OF THE DAY: Gourmet Ketchup

When you grill, chances are you serve regular ketchup with burgers. That’s O.K., but why not offer guests a choice of ketchups? You can make curry ketchup by adding curry powder or pungent ketchup by mixing in prepared horseradish. Yes, that’s also known as “cocktail sauce,” but it’s not just for seafood. Look in the spice cabinet, and use your favorite spices to spice up your ketchup.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Red, White & Blue Cocktail

It’s Independence Day: Mix yourself a red, white and blue cocktail with Stolichnaya Blueberi vodka. Start the fireworks with a Stoli Blue-Tini: 1-1/2 parts Stoli Blueberi and 1-1/2 parts Stoli Vanil. Stir with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with blueberries and red raspberries.

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TIP OF THE DAY: July 4th Patriotic Pound Cake

It couldn’t be easier to make this impressive holiday dessert. Cover rectangular slices of pound cake with whipped cream. Line up blueberries and raspberries (or strawberries diced to the size of blueberries) in “stripes” like the American flag. If the fruit isn’t as sweet as you’d like, toss it in a bit of sugar first (which is what the restaurants do—we use Equal or Splenda to save the calories). You can bake a pound cake in a large rectangular pan, cover with whipped cream and decorate to create horizontal red (raspberries), white (plain whipped cream) and blue (blueberries) stripes. If you have room in the freezer, you can make the ice cream cake variation of this dessert, substituting vanilla ice cream for the whipped cream. Patriotism is delicious.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Scream For Ice Cream

July is National Ice Cream Month and THE NIBBLE has labored to track down the very best. Perhaps you’d like a scoop of Molasses Tipsycake Ice Cream from LaLoo’s, or a cone of Strawberries, Sour Cream, and Brown Sugar Ice Cream from Dr. Bob’s. The Sweet Corn Ice Cream from Palapa Azul is another unusual winner.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Unusual Ice Creams

Today is Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day. Our wine editor is in demand for his beet, lavender and saffron ice creams—and he even makes ice cream from rare black truffle. If you don’t have time to make something special, look in your specialty foods store. One of our favorites, Reed’s Ginger Ice Cream (available at Whole Foods Markets, Trader Joe’s and elsewhere), comes in Original, Green Tea Ginger and Chocolate Ginger—each exquisite. One scoop of each—a dance of ginger ice creams—would make a memorable dessert. You can use them to top regular or chocolate pound cake, and apple pie, too.

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