FOOD FUN: Popcorn Fudge

This popcorn fudge recipe was a hit at our Memorial Day festivities. A fun recipe from Betty Crocker, it incorporates a dulce de leche fudge layer, salted caramel and caramel popcorn. Be sure to use caramel popcorn that is really well coated to prevent your popcorn from getting soggy. Prep time is 15 minutes, total…
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TRENDS: How America Likes To Grill

Tip: Skewer kabobs with sprigs of rosemary for instead of conventional skewers. Photo courtesy Sur La Table.   To capture consumer trends around grilling and barbecuing, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) conducts the biannual HPBA Barbecue Lifestyle, Usage & Attitude Study. Here are highlights from the 2014 State of the Barbecue Industry Report,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Don’t Use Olive Oil When Grilling

When grilling, trade the olive oil for a high smoke point oil. Photo courtesy DeMedici.com.   Do you use olive oil when grilling? Perhaps you shouldn’t. Olive oil has a lower smoke point than other oils, so it will burn faster. Each fat (including butter, lard, oil and shortening) has a particular smoke point, which…
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RECIPE: Three Pea Salad

Three-pea salad. Photo © Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog.   Before spring turns into summer, try this delicious spring pea salad from Hannah Kaminsky. Spring peas, also known as English peas, are a seasonal delight that can we enjoy as a side, in salads, and in soup. Says Hannah: “Spring is on my mind, driving…
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RECIPE: Easy Cheesecake Topping

Make a blueberry topping for your cheesecake with fresh or frozen blueberries. Photo courtesy Cheesecake.com.   May 26th is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day. It may be hard to find a piece of blueberry cheesecake—cherry and strawberry are the popular berries toppings. But you can easily make your own, from fresh or frozen berries. A homemade…
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