TIP OF THE DAY: Starfruit For July 4th

Native to Southeast Asia and India, starfruit was brought back to Europe by sailors and traders in the late 1700s. Rare and costly, it became popular among wealthy Europeans. Starfruit was brought to Hawaii by Chinese traders in the late 1800s. Yet, it was introduced to mainland America—Florida—only about 75 years ago. Today the state…
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JULY 4TH RECIPE: All-American Cheesecake In Red, White & Blue

[1] Bake this patriotic cheesecake from scratch, or decorate a purchased cake with fruit (photo courtesy Melissas.com). [2] Good news for lactose intolerant cheesecake lovers: Green Valley Organics makes delicious lactose-free cream cheese, as well as lactose-free sour cream and yogurt (photo courtesy MyLilikoiKitchen.com.   This All American Strawberry, Banana and Blueberry Cheesecake recipe was…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Plan Some Red, White & Blue Food

With July 4th Weekend starting in a week, plan to make something red, white and blue. Even if you’re spending a quiet weekend at home, you can celebrate our Independence Day with a patriotic bite or two. Here’s a group of recipes to bite into, and we’ll be showcasing more between now and the 4th.…
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PRODUCT: Rogue Ale’s American Amber Ale For Independence Day

Oregon craft brewer Rogue Ales toasts America with the annual release of its American Amber Ale. It’s the brew’s 28th year, and has been our beer of choice for July 4th celebrations since we first came across it. Another Independence Day favorite is Liberty Ale (center photo), an IPA from San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Creative Toppings For Burgers, Brats & Franks

Top: The Memphis Burger, with cheddar, barbecued pork and cole slaw (photo courtesy Cheesecake Factory). Center: South Of The Border: avocado and salsa (photo courtesy Omaha Steaks). Bottom: Mac and Cheese Burger (photo courtesy Glory Days Grill.   On Father’s Day, most people assume that dads wants to dine out. But a recent survey of…
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