TIP OF THE DAY: Make Blue Rice With The Butterfly Pea Flower

This blue rice (photo #1) is made by steeping the water with the butterfly pea flower, which colors it naturally. The flower is used to brew herbal tea in Thailand, just by steeping the dried blue pea flowers in water. Simply steep 5-10 flowers, fresh or dried, in a cup of hot water. Let it…
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PRODUCT: Pork Rind Panko Breadcrumbs, Gluten Free & No Carbs

Bacon’s Heir’s first product was Pork Clouds, a crunchy snack that took the classic chicharrón, or fried pork skin, and made it light and fluffy, lower calorie crisps. The creator thought they resembled clouds on a summer afternoon; hence Pork Clouds. Product #2 will be very welcome to those who want crunchy panko breadcrumbs without…
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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Speed Up The Ripening Of Avocados & Bananas

[1] Almost ripe, but not quite. Stick them in the microwave! (photo © Waldemar Brandt | Unsplash). [2] Hard avocados? The microwave awaits! (photo © Erol Ahmed | Unsplash). [3] Turn your now-soft avocados into bacon-avocado-tomato crostini, delicious with a glass of wine or with an appetize Here’s the recipe (photo © Calvo Growers).  …
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TIP OF THE DAY: Add Crunch To Burgers & Sandwiches

[1] A crunchy layer of potato chips—waffle chips are a nice touch—adds texture and flavor to the Bacon Chili Crunch Burger at San Diego-based Slater’s 50/50 (photo © Slater’s 50/50). [2] Fried chicken skins on the Blanco Burger at Lucky Rooster in Hilton Head (photo © Lucky Rooster). [3] Crunch pork rinds on a burger…
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GIFT: Gourmet Dried Mushroom Sampler & How To Use Dried Mushrooms

People who love to cook will appreciate this gourmet dried mushroom sampler from Melissa’s, an online purveyor of fine fruits and vegetables. Their Mushroom Medley Sampler contains individual packages of five gourmet mushrooms: Chanterelles Morels Oyster* Porcini Shiitake   When these varieties on hand, there are many opportunities to add great flavor your cooking at…
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