TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Grenadine

First, what is grenadine? A deep red syrup used for hundreds of years to flavor and give a reddish/pink tinge to drinks and other recipes, true grenadine is made from pomegranate juice and sugar syrup. The name comes from the French grenade and the Spanish grenada, words for pomegranate. Alas, today’s mass-marketed “grenadine” is faux…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Honey Sticks

If you like honey but are tired of cleaning up the sticky drips, try honey sticks: plastic straws filled with honey. The no-mess packaging is easy to open; the honey squeezes out with no drips. This fun and tidy way to serve honey dispenses single servings to anyone who wants some in their tea, on…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Try Varietal Honey Types

“Supermarket” honey is blended to achieve a generic sameness. This very distinctive black sage honey is from Savannah Bee Company.   If you like honey as a sweetener, have you ventured beyond “generic” supermarket honey to fine varietal honeys? As with wine, it’s the difference between a bland jug wine and a varietal wine, which…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Agave Nectar (Agave Syrup)

Any nutritionally-aware person realizes that sugar tastes great but simply is not good for you. How about a natural sugar alternative that tastes great and is good for you? That’s agave nectar (also called agave syrup), made from the juices of the same plant that produces tequila: the blue agave. In the bottle, it looks…
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