GIFT OF THE DAY: Horseshoe Brand Hot Sauce

We receive lots of hot sauce samples. Most of them are fine, but not special. Enter the special: Horseshoe Brand hot sauce, developed by two entrepreneurs in New York State’s food mecca, the Hudson Valley. All natural, made in small batches, you can’t help but say, “This is good stuff!” Why? The hot sauces are…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Liberté Organic Yogurt

[1] From top clockwise: French Lavender, Washington Cherry and Philippine Coconut. [2] Close-up on coconut. Note the haiku under the top foil. [3] Lemon and strawberry; note the triangular containers (all photos courtesy Liberté).   We have long been enamored with Liberté yogurt, from the moment some 10 years ago that we plucked a few…
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RECIPE: Blueberry Smoothie With Almond Milk

A smoothie with our favorite fruits plus almond milk. Photo courtesy Chef Ingrid Hoffmann.   Having just published an article on why we love almond milk, we hasten to follow it up with an easy recipe. Your nutritionist would approve of this smoothie, from Chef Ingrid Hoffmann. She adds flaxseed meal for extra nutrition and…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Agua Fresca, The Latin American Cooler

A lychee agua fresca, or cooler. Photo courtesy Melissas.com.   For summer entertaining, try a menu of aguas frescas. In Spanish, agua fresca means fresh water. In culinary terms, it refers to a variety of refreshing cold drinks that are sold by street vendors and at cafés throughout Latin America. They’re also available bottled in…
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TIP: Mango, A Year-Round Fruit

Mango is a fruit we think of as summery: tropical, juicy, yellow-orange and just heavenly as sorbet and in a frozen Mango Margarita. But mango is a year-round fruit, with different varieties coming into season at different times. So it can be enjoyed in desserts, incorporated into dips and relishes, and enjoyed in hundreds of…
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