JULY 4th: Spicy Hot Lemonade Recipe (Also Limeade & Orangeade)

Jalapeño lemonade becomes red, white and blue with the addition of some blueberries. Photo courtesy Melissas.com.   It’s easy to make a special July 4th drink. Just “heat up” a pitcher of cold lemonade with bright red jalapeño slices. Toss in a few blueberries and you’ve got a red, white and blue theme. For less…
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PRODUCT: Shelf Stable Pacific Organic Hummus

Way back in 2006, we received samples of shelf-stable hummus in jars. From a brother and sister-led company called Salt & Vinegar, we felt the manufacturers had nailed a need in the rapidly growing hummus market: hummus that didn’t require refrigeration. The fledgling company didn’t make it; and since then, the hummus category has exploded…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Caramelized Onion Dip

We grew up making Lipton’s California Dip: a package of Lipton Onion Soup Mix combined with a pint of sour cream. It was simple and soul-satisfying, a party standard with potato chips and pretzels (and later, crudités, pita chips and other chips). The recipe appeared in 1954, two years after the Lipton soup mix hit…
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RECIPE: Crudité Flag, A July 4th Snack

We launch this year’s series of red, white and blue July 4th foods with a crudité flag. The red and white flag stripes are cauliflower florets, red cherry tomatoes and red bell pepper strips. (Remove the stems from the tomatoes—the green color doesn’t belong on the flag.) The blue field with white stars is represented…
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RECIPE: Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps

Pork belly lettuce wraps: a real treat! Photo courtesy Sushi Samba.   In honor of the World Cup Games in Brazil, Brazilian-Japanese fusion restaurant Sushisamba will be serving a signature dish from Chef Pedro Duarte: Kuromitsu Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps. Kuromitsu is a Japanese sugar syrup, similar to but milder than molasses. We could eat…
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