PRODUCT: The Wonderful World Of Oolong Tea

Oolong means “black dragon” in Chinese, a reference to the appearance of the tea after it has been processed. The long, twisted, blackish-green leaves reminded the poetic Chinese person who named it, of a dragon. But the “black dragon” leaves produce a tea that is graceful, alluring and a world favorite. Oolong is a relative…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Peachy News

Let peaches ripen to perfection. Overripe peaches can be puréed for sauce, turned into peach ice cream or peach smoothie. Photo by Gerhard Taatgen, Jr. | SXC. May is the beginning of peach season. Fuzzy clingstone peaches are in the market for your nibbling pleasure, with freestone peaches arriving in July through September. While the…
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MEMORIAL DAY: Toast With Red, White & Blue Cocktails

Beyond planning barbecues and celebrating the three-day weekend, many of us have forgotten the meaning of Memorial Day. There are fewer parades of marching veterans, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts; fewer veterans sell paper poppies to raise money for the families of fallen soldiers. Memorial Day grew from the Civil War: Before the end of…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Clarified Butter

Melted or “drawn” butter, at top, compared to clarified butter. Photo by Emily Chang | THE NIBBLE. If you like to sauté foods in butter but find that higher heat scorches the butter, use clarified butter instead. Clarified butter has had the milk solids removed, so that it is clear in its liquid state. You…
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