CONTEST: For Balsamic Vinegar Lovers

Balsamic vinegar lovers: Zingerman’s, a specialty food retailer/e-tailer in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is offering you the opportunity to win a free trip to the La Vecchia Dispensa balsamic vinegar factory in Italy. “Factory” is a relative term: This is fine balsamic vinegar production facility, and the “factory” is one of the charming, centuries-old buildings in…
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EVENT: Donate $1 To Save The World

Much of the world has no running water, but with your $1 contribution they can have safe drinking water. Photo courtesy UNICEF. Think of all of the places in your travels where you’ve been warned, “Don’t drink the water!” It isn’t any safer for the people who live there than for tourists passing through. At…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Herb Pot Of Oregano

If you enjoy cooking with oregano, try it fresh instead of dried. While some people prefer dried oregano to fresh because the flavor is more powerful, the beauty of the fresh herb adds a lot to the visual presentation as well as the aroma. Oregano is a more pungent relative of marjoram—oregano is also known…
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ENTERTAINING: Wines For St. Patrick’s Day

Pinot Blanc with corned beef and cabbage? Who knew? Wine available from/photo courtesy of EnglewoodWineMerchants.com. Pondering what to serve with your St. Patrick’s Day dinner? We’ve combined tips from Natalie McLean, James Beard award-winning writer of Nat Decants, with our own recommendations: COCKTAILS Irish whiskey cocktails -or- Irish Beers (you can serve the beers throughout…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Part 3, Kathryn’s Cottage Salad Dressings

Little did we know when we opened the jar of Kathryn’s Cottage Blue Cheese Dressing that we would fall in love. We try every blue cheese dressing that crosses our path. Most don’t measure up. Funny: Kathryn was in the same boat, so she decided to make her own. After much experimentation, she came up…
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