FOOD HOLIDAY: 6/19 Is National Martini Day

Shaken or stirred? Who cares—it’s ‘Tini Time. Photo courtesy of European Sources Direct. Ladies and gents, it’s not only Friday, it’s National Martini Day! So, here’s some martini trivia, and a link to recipes you can enjoy tonight, plus mix up for Dad and/or Hubby on Father’s Day. First, that bit about James Bond liking…
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RECIPE: Share A Pink Cocktail With Michelle Pfeiffer

This summer’s hot period movie is “Cheri,” adapted from Colette’s 1920’s novel of the same name and starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend and Kathy Bates. Colette transformed from convent girl to one hot mama, inciting a near riot by kissing a female lover in a 1907 performance at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. This inspired…
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PRODUCT: Tequila For Father’s Day

Looking for a Father’s Day gift? How about a fine tequila? The best are made from 100% agave juice (the other kind, “mixtos” are mixed with cane sugar). They are distilled into: (1) blancos (“whites”), which are not aged, although some are colored gold with caramel to make them look aged, and are known as…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: International Cachaça Day

Celebrate International Cachaça Day by mixing up a Caipirinha, made with cachaça, lime and sugar (photo courtesy Leblon Cachaça).   Cachaça (kah-SHA-sah), Brazil’s noble spirit, was invented nearly five hundred years ago, one hundred years before the founding of its Caribbean cousin, rum. Here in the United States, cachaça is considered “Brazilian rum,” but don’t…
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RECIPES: Five Course Strawberry Dinner Party

This “strawberry napoleon” is the perfect end to an all-strawberry menu at your strawberry dinner party. Photos courtesy California Strawberry Commission. When most people think of strawberries they think of jams, ice cream, and shortcake. But, strawberry recipes span much more than confections; you can create an entire dinner from them. We’ve done just that…
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