FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA: Baseball Shortbread

A Fenway Park tin filled with yummybaseball shortbread. Photo courtesyCooperstown Cookie Co.   If Dad/Grandpa/Hubby likes baseball and a good shortbread cookie, there’s no better gift than the “baseball shortbread” from Cooperstown Cookie Company, located in baseball capital of Cooperstown, New York. The rich, traditional shortbread cookies are handmade in the regulation size and shape…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Mint Julep Day

While mint juleps are associated more with the recent Kentucky Derby than Memorial Day, today is National Mint Julep Day. “Julep” is a Middle English term for a sweet drink, derived sometime between 1350 and 1400 C.E. from the Arabic julab, which referred to rose water. The mint julep originated in the American South in…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Beef Temperature (Well Done Burgers, Anyone?)

Do we have to cook this beautiful beef towell done? Maybe not. Photo by FCAFotoDigital | IST.   Because ground meat has been a significant source of foodborne illness, the USDA advises consumers to use a meat thermometer when cooking burgers. In other words, you should not rely on eyeballing the internal color of the…
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RECIPE: 21 Club Burger For National Hamburger Day

Sometimes, there are standouts that define a genre. The ‘21’ Burger by Executive Chef John Greeley of New York’s famed 21 Club focuses most of his efforts on fine cuisine. At 21 Club, though, customers also want a luxury burger. In honor of National Hamburger Day, May 28th, here’s Chef Greeley’s recipe, which uses duck…
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TIP A DAY: Make Grilled Fruit

Grilled fruit is a welcome treat. Photocourtesy Melissas.com.   Counterweight the heavy fare consumed over holiday weekends with a dessert that’s light, delicious and of course, easy. A fruit salad (do you have time to carved a watermelon basket?) is always welcome; as are fruit skewers, easily made by adding cut fruits and whole berries…
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