PRODUCT: Rogue Ale’s American Amber Ale For Independence Day

Oregon craft brewer Rogue Ales toasts America with the annual release of its American Amber Ale. It’s the brew’s 28th year, and has been our beer of choice for July 4th celebrations since we first came across it. Another Independence Day favorite is Liberty Ale (center photo), an IPA from San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Summer Fruit Compote

Top: Mixed berry compote atop ice cream (photo courtesy Good Eggs). Center: Compote as the main event, topped with mascarpone (photo courtesy Recipes101.com). Bottom: A modern variation of the fancy stemmed compote dishes of centuries past (photo courtesy Williams-Sonoma).   With summer fruits proliferating, here’s an alternative to berry, cherry or peach pie: compote. It’s…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Frozen Fruit “Ice Cubes”

We love to flavor water with fresh fruit, and to add fruit to ice cubes. Here’s a twist on conventional ice cubes: Use frozen fruit instead of ice cubes. We have long made “party ice cubes” with a strawberry or other fruit (plus herbs, or savory ice cubes like cherry tomatoes and basil) embedded in…
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FOOD FUN: Hawaiian Ham Sandwich

Aloha, Hawaii: a sandwich of ham, pineapple and mashed sweet potatoes (photo courtesy Arnold Bread).   Here’s a fun summer sandwich idea from Arnold Bread, using the company’s Healthfull Steel Cut Oats and Honey bread: We baked the sweet potatoes in the microwave (4 minutes). They mash very easily. RECIPE: HEAVENLY HAWAIIAN HAM SANDWICH Ingredients…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Steak Marinades

Yesterday we presented four different marinades for grilled fish. A quick recap: Marinades are the easiest way to add flavor to foods, and to make chewier foods more tender. Mix a few simple ingredients, place them in a plastic storage bag and marinate the food overnight, turning it once or twice. No time to marinate?…
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