TIP OF THE DAY: Red, White & Blue Ice Cubes For July 4th

Here’s an easy way to turn any cold drink into a July 4th drink: red, white (clear) and blue ice cubes. You don’t have to purchase special star-shaped ice cubes trays, but they add to the fun. You can use whatever trays you have. You can color ice for any occasion. McCormick even makes black…
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RECIPE: Red, White & Blue Sangria

Yankee Doodle Brandy: Combine white wine and Grand Marnier orange brandy for July 4th (photo courtesy Elegant Affairs).   This fun and arty sangria recipe is from caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs (www.elegantaffairscaterers.com): RECIPE: JULY 4TH SANGRIA Ingredients For 1 Large Pitcher 2 bottles dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc 1 cup triple…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Starfruit For July 4th

Native to Southeast Asia and India, starfruit was brought back to Europe by sailors and traders in the late 1700s. Rare and costly, it became popular among wealthy Europeans. Starfruit was brought to Hawaii by Chinese traders in the late 1800s. Yet, it was introduced to mainland America—Florida—only about 75 years ago. Today the state…
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JULY 4TH RECIPE: All-American Cheesecake In Red, White & Blue

[1] Bake this patriotic cheesecake from scratch, or decorate a purchased cake with fruit (photo courtesy Melissas.com). [2] Good news for lactose intolerant cheesecake lovers: Green Valley Organics makes delicious lactose-free cream cheese, as well as lactose-free sour cream and yogurt (photo courtesy MyLilikoiKitchen.com.   This All American Strawberry, Banana and Blueberry Cheesecake recipe was…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Plan Some Red, White & Blue Food

With July 4th Weekend starting in a week, plan to make something red, white and blue. Even if you’re spending a quiet weekend at home, you can celebrate our Independence Day with a patriotic bite or two. Here’s a group of recipes to bite into, and we’ll be showcasing more between now and the 4th.…
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