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Food & Wine: Wine & Burger Pairings


Morton’s celebrates its 30th birthday
with the
$19.78 Prime Sirloin Burger
named for the year the restaurant was
founded.
  If you want a glass of wine, rather than a beer, with that burger, here are some pairing recommendations from Morton’s the Steakhouse:

-Blue Cheese, Bacon, Grilled Onions and Mayonnaise

These robust flavors need a big, full-bodied red. Don’t be shy to open a Cab or a Barolo.

-Swiss Cheese, Tomato, Lettuce and Ketchup

A light cheese like Swiss demands a lighter red, like Pinot Noir, which still has enough oomph to balance to the flavors of the rich meat and the acidity of the tomato and ketchup.

-Cheddar Cheese, Raw Onion, Lettuce and Mustard: Spicy Wine

This combination needs a spicy wine to balance to the heat of the raw onion and the acidity of the mustard. Choose a peppery wine like Zinfandel or Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

If you’re a white wine lover: sorry, we have no wine recommendation for you. Beef is too hearty to pair with a white wine. Reach for a good craft beer instead (find some of our favorites in THE NIBBLE’s Beer Section.

Every Sunday from July through September, you can indulge in that burger for a good cause. With each Morton’s $19.78 Prime Sirloin Burger, five dollars will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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RECIPES: Healthy Smoothies

There’s no better time than summertime to quench your thirst with a delicious smoothie. Flavorful and healthy stone fruits and berries are at their peak, and smoothies are a perfect way to showcase their bright flavors. Smoothies are creamy, frothy blended drinks made from whole fruit, ice and a variety of other ingredients such as milk, yogurt and fruit juice. Here, we’ve gone further than refreshing: We’ve added nutrition with low-calorie, fat-free, cholesterol-free AllWhites egg whites—a great source of lean protein. Physical trainer Bob Greene developed these super-healthy and refreshing smoothie ideas for AllWhites. Each of the recipes includes up to 1/4 cup of egg whites, which turns a smoothie into a nutritious meal.
Raspberry Peach Lemonade Smoothie.
Blueberry-Pomegranate Smoothie

Mango-Peach Smoothie

Raspberry-Peach Lemonade Smoothie

Strawberry Summer Smoothie

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RECIPES: Summer Lamb


Lamb Loin Chops: throw ’em on the
barbie for a fast, delicious meal.
  Cookout season is underway! But forget about the usual hot dogs and burgers: Instead, throw some lamb on the barbie, as the Australians would say. Our deliciously easy summer lamb recipes feature fresh, seasonal ingredients, and are perfect for outdoor cooking. Take advantage of the warm season by inviting friends over for a backyard lamb-becue. After all, these summer days will be gone before we know it.These recipes were developed by Sally James, a leading Australian chef, food book author and television personality, for Meat And Livestock Australia, which represents producers of Australian lamb.

Grilled Lamb Loin Chops With Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

Rosemary Rack Of Lamb With Berry Jam

Find more articles and recipes about lamb in THE NIBBLE’s Meat & Poultry section.

 

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NEW PRODUCT: You’re Invited To Drink Swill

Would you go to a swill party? That’s swill, not swell. One manufacturer is selling a Swill® Wine Tasting Party kit as a fun and casual way to conduct a blind wine tasting. It’s targeted to people who enjoy wine but aren’t very knowledgeable about it. Or apparently, very knowledgeable about the meaning of the word, swill.Excuse us for recoiling, but here are some dictionary definitions for swill (these from Dictionary.com):

1. liquid or partly liquid food for animals, esp. kitchen refuse given to swine; hogwash
2. kitchen refuse in general; garbage
3. any liquid mess, waste, or refuse; slop
4. a deep draught of liquor
5. contemptibly worthless utterance or writing; drivel
6. to drink greedily or excessively
7. to drink (something) greedily or to excess; guzzle
8. to feed (animals) with swill: to swill hogs

 
The SWILL Wine Tasting Party Kit has
everything you’ll need to host a wine
tasting party for eight.
The word is also used to refer to human food of very poor quality, e.g., “I can’t believe they served us that swill!” We don’t eat or drink swill. However, if you find this concept clever, or think it will make a good joke gift (at $24.99), you can order a wine-tasting kit at SwillParty.com.

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CONTEST: Gr8 Am. Txt Stry Contest


You could win a year’s supply of NewTree Chocolate!
  Like chocolate? Like to write? Like texting? You could win a new Apple iPhone 3G and a year’s supply of chocolate in NewTree Chocolate’s Gr8 Am. Txt Stry Contest (Great American Text Story Contest). Inspired by the popularity of cell phone text novels in Japan, this short story contest requires that all entries be submitted via cell phone text message. The stories can be up to 1,500 words and must incorporate all 11 NewTree chocolate names: Blush, Cocoon, Crave, Forgiveness, Pleasure, Refresh, Rejoice, Renew, Sexy, Tranquility and Vigor. To enter the contest, fill out the form at newtree.com/contest.php. Entrants will receive a text message with instructions about submitting their stories. The deadline for submission is 8 p.m. E.T. on Friday, Sept. 19, 2008. The winner will be announced on Oct. 13, 2008. The grand prize is a year’s worth of NewTree chocolates—one chocolate bar a day for 365 days—and an Apple iPhone 3G.
 

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