TIP: 13 Ways To Use Spinach Dip Or Spread

What do you like to do with spinach dip? Photo courtesy Vermont Creamery.   Many people enjoy spinach dip; they just don’t enjoy it often enough. Recipes vary greatly (here’s a super-rich spinach-mascarpone dip). Zabar’s, the famed food emporium in New York City, is known for its vegan spinach-arugula spread, a garlicky spinach dip variation… Continue reading “TIP: 13 Ways To Use Spinach Dip Or Spread”

TIP OF THE DAY: Seasonal Cider

Get it before it disappears from the shelves. Photo courtesy Angry Orchard Cider Company.   This may well be your last weekend to pick up seasonal summer hard ciders, before producers replace them with fall blends. We received a shipment of Angry Orchard Elderflower Hard Cider, and have been saving it to serve this weekend.… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Seasonal Cider”

RECIPE: Grilled Tropical Fruit Skewers

Here’s something special for Labor Day weekend: Turn grilled fruit into tropical fruit skewers. Thanks to Melissas.com, purveyors of premium produce, for the recipe. We’ve also got dessert shots to go with the fruit: delicious coconut- or banana-flavored rum from Blue Chair Bay. RECIPE: GRILLED TROPICAL FRUIT SKEWERS Ingredients For 6 Servings 3 tablespoons brown… Continue reading “RECIPE: Grilled Tropical Fruit Skewers”

TIP OF THE DAY: Flavored Shots

Delicious by the shot: No mixers needed! Photo courtesy Blue Chair Bay Rum.   While spiced rum has been around since the 1940s*, the more modern trend of flavored spirits began with vodka in the 1980s. The first flavored vodka, that inspired scores of other flavors, was Absolut Peppar, in 1986. Absolut Citron followed in… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Flavored Shots”

TIP OF THE DAY: Russian Iced Coffee

In a tall glass or a short one, iced coffee lovers will get a kick from this drink. Photo courtesy DeLonghi.   For years, we’ve enjoyed Black Russians and White Russians, two venerable vodka-based cocktails. The Black Russian, invented in 1949, combines vodka and coffee liqueur; the subsequent addition of cream created a White Russian.… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Russian Iced Coffee”