TIP OF THE DAY: Adult Soda

When you’re entertaining friends, you look for the best cheeses, breads and desserts…so why serve average cola and ginger ale? Bottles of “adult sodas” from boutique manufacturers like Fizzy Lizzy, GuS, Izze and Steaz may cost a bit more than mass-marketed fizz, but they’re many times more exciting. Made with all-natural flavors and either pure…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Lavender Iced Tea

There’s nothing more elegant than a glass of lavender iced tea. Add a 1/2 cup of culinary lavender (grown without pesticides) to 2-3 quarts of brewed tea. When the tea cools, strain out the lavender. (If you have one or two large spice infusion balls, use them to hold the lavender buds and you won’t…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Tortellini Kebabs For Hors d’Oeuvres & Snacks

Tortellini and cheese kebabs are a different twist on a party favorite—and they go great with wine and beer. Cook and cool cheese and/or spinach tortellini and marinate them in a vinaigrette or bottled Italian dressing. Drain and alternate on skewers with cubes of ham, salami, cheese (small mozzarella balls or perlini are perfect) and…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cheese Ice Cream

It’s National Ice Cream Month. If you love cheese, try making savory cheese ice creams. They don’t contain sugar, but they’re ice cream heaven! We’re addicted to superstar chef Ferrán Adria’s Parmesan ice cream sandwiches (our editor makes them every year for her birthday), as well as Roquefort ice cream with poached pears and Cheddar…
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