GIFT OF THE DAY: Horseshoe Brand Hot Sauce

We receive lots of hot sauce samples. Most of them are fine, but not special. Enter the special: Horseshoe Brand hot sauce, developed by two entrepreneurs in New York State’s food mecca, the Hudson Valley. All natural, made in small batches, you can’t help but say, “This is good stuff!” Why? The hot sauces are…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Holiday Martini With A Side Of Olives

If you’re not the type to sip seasonal cocktails with apple, cinnamon, cranberry or pumpkin flavors, here’s a tip to seasonalize that American classic, the Martini*. Recently we read an interview with a fashionable mixologist. Asked, among other things, of his pet peeves, he said, “I sell cocktails, I don’t sell garnishes. Everyone who orders…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Crunchy Fried (Or Baked) Tortilla Strips

What more crunch in your summer salads? Toasted croutons and chow mein noodles have long served that purpose.   OTHER CRUNCHY OPTIONS You can also add slices of bell pepper, bok choy, carrot, celery, fennel, kohlrabi, radish or water chestnut; florets and stalks* of broccoli and cauliflower; and even nuts (try cashews). Romaine is the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Ketchup For Your Cookout

[1] Homemade ketchup [2] with burgers (photos courtesy GoodEggs) and [3] on franks (photo courtesy Applegate).   If you’re considering making something for a cookout, how about homemade ketchup? You can make your own ketchup in just ten minutes of prep time, plus 45 minutes of cooking. You can choose a better sweetener, avoiding high…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Grilled Watermelon Steaks

[1] Grilled watermelon steaks with walnut gremolata (photo courtesy McCormick). [2] Use seedless watermelon (photo courtesy Bridges Produce).   We’ve previously recommended cauliflower steaks and grilled cabbage steaks. Today’s “field meat” steaks are made with watermelon. The sweet fruit is grilled with savory seasonings to create a special first course. Seedless watermelon is cut into…
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