TIP OF THE DAY: Cookie Cutter Gift

If you need a special house gift for a summer host, consider baking cookies in special shapes. Or, bring the cookie cutters as gifts, along with pre-measured ingredients, as an activity gift. Most people who bake have cookie cutter circles, flowers and hearts, and perhaps some holiday shapes. But with more than 15,000 listings on…
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JULY 4th: American Flag Cake

A tasty flag! Photo courtesy SecretLifeOfAChefsWife.com.   What a great dessert surprise for July 4th! This flag cake originated on 17andBak­ing.com, and was reposted on SecretLifeOfAChefsWife.com. Elissa, who posted the recipe at age 17 (she’s now 21), said at the time: “While I wish I could claim credit for it, the idea of a flag…
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FOOD FUN: Stars & Stripes Jell-O Shots

Perfect for a July 4th celebration: red, white and blue Jell-O shots. All you need is a mini star silicon mold, like this one from Wilton. You can probably pick one up locally, where July 4th-themed housewares or are sold (or a good baking supplies department). Then, just follow this recipe on GoodCocktails.com. And plan…
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RECIPE: Blue Cheese BLT Sandwich

Add blue cheese for a tangy twist to the BLT. Photo courtesy Castello.   We’ve had chicken salad BLTs and turkey BLTs, but were only recently inspired by Castello USA to make this blue cheese BLT. It’s a lovely a new take on a BLT: Blue Castello (or other rich, creamy blue cheese) Sliced heirloom…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Red, White & Blue Soft Drinks & Cocktails

Drink red, white and blue for July 4th. Photo courtesy Herradura Tequila.   You can turn any clear drink into a July 4th cocktail or mocktail, as Herradura Tequila has done with its “Red, White & Blueberries” Cocktail. Just start with a clear spirit or mixer, layer on other flavors (clear liqueurs, coconut water, etc.)…
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