JULY 4th: Red, White & Blue Cupcakes

Make red velvet cupcakes like these fromMagnolia Bakery. Photo courtesyMagnoliaBakery.com.   One special dessert for July 4th is red, white and blue cupcakes. These cupcakes from New York City’s Magnolia Bakery combine red velvet cake, white frosting and a blueberry garnish. You can also create a tray of cupcakes, lined up in red, white and…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Slowly Defrost The Meat & Seafood

Cool before refrigerating. Photo by Edward O’Neil | IST. Why does cooked meat have to cool down before it is refrigerated? Why should meat be defrosted in the fridge instead of on the countertop? For the same reason: to avoid bacterial growth. Extreme temperature changes abet bacterial growth in meat, poultry and seafood. That’s also…
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PRODUCT: LunchSkins Reusable For Kids’ Lunch Bags

Disposable plastic food bags were introduced in 1964. Overnight they changed the way people carried their sandwiches and carrot sticks to lunch. (The prior options were aluminum foil, paper bags and wax paper.) Baggies and the variations that followed made it easy to transport food and keep it moist. But flash forward to the present:…
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TIP OF THE DAY: July 4th Ice Cubes

Make star-shaped ice with an inexpensivestar-shaped ice cube tray.   Make your ice cubes special for July 4th. It’s easy! Just freeze 2 blueberries and a raspberry in each compartment of your ice cube tray. For an extra-special presentation, make “star” ice cubes. You can order a star-shaped ice cube tray from Amazon.com.     

GOURMET GIVEAWAY: MaryAnna’s Sweet Tea

Cool off this summer with a refreshing beverage, like the bottled tea made from this week’s Gourmet Giveaway prize-sponsor: MaryAnna’s Sweet Tea. As we noted last week, MaryAnna’s all-natural bottled sweet tea tastes like fresh-brewed. The teas are made with filtered water, premium tea and cane sugar. The Summer Sweet Tea has just the right…
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