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Recipe: Cucumber Tea Sandwiches with Tarragon Butter

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Lunch, Recipes, Summer Cooking, Parties,

The ultimate English tea sandwich is made with delicate cucumbers. With the addition of sweet Tarragon Butter, it becomes a heavenly addition to anyone’s summer tea table. Ingredients: 1/2 English cucumber, peeled, sliced thin 1/4 tsp. salt 1 tbsp. cider vinegar 1/2 cup butter, softened 2 tbsp. fresh tarragon, minced 2 tbsp. parsley, minced Squeeze of lemon Dash of salt 14 slices bread Preparation: Place cucumber sliced in a ceramic bowl. Add salt and vinegar and …

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Muffuletta Tea Sandwiches Recipe

These tea sandwiches are spicy and make a great addition to a summer tea. They are based on the New Orleans favorite Muffuletta, a garlicky olive salad. You can also add thinly sliced meats to the cheese if you wish. Ingredients: 1 pkg. steak buns (6) (with sesame seeds if possible) Olive Salad - Recipe Below 12 slices Havarti Cheese, sliced paper thin Herb Butter - Recipe Below Olive Salad 1/3 cup green olives, pitted, minced …

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Recipe: Scones with Devonshire Cream

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Dessert, Snacks, Features, Recipes, Dairy, Baking, Parties,

No tea table should ever be without scones. If you haven’t had one before, think of them as delicate, sweet biscuits. There are also lots of variations for making Devonshire Cream. This one is super easy. SCONES Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1 tbsp sugar 3 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. salt 1/3 cup butter 1 egg, beaten ½ to 3/4 cup milk Heat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking …

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Raspberry Tea Refresher Recipe

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Recipes, Summer Cooking, Fruit, Tea,

Raspberries are great in almost anything. When you combine them with iced tea, you have a winning combination. Ingredients: 4 cups boiling water 6 tea bags ice and cold water to fill a half-gallon pitcher one-half cup of frozen or fresh raspberries sprig of mint (optional) Preparation: Boil the water and add 6 tea bags. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Add raspberries and let the flavor develop for another 10 minutes. Strain and pour …

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A Simple Recipe for Perfect Lemonade

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Lunch, Features, Recipes, Summer Cooking, Juice,

It doesn’t get much simpler than lemonade. It’s refreshing, delicous, and works nicely in any season - particularly summer. While there are many variations, here is a recipe for the perfect, basic lemonade: Ingredients: 4 lemons, squeezed 1 cup sugar Enough cold water to fill a half-gallon pitcher Preparation: Squeeze the juice from 4 lemons and pour into a half-gallon pitcher. Add sugar and cold water, leaving room for ice. Stir vigorously to dissolve the sugar. …

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Storing Watermelon Correctly Equals More Nutrition

A recent study by the US Department of Agriculture found that the temperature you store watermelons has an effect on how much lycopene and beta-carotene they have. They found that storing watermelons at room temperature (70 degrees F) increased the lycopene the melon produced by 40 percent and beta-carotene up to 139 percent. The human body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A. Also, they found that if you put that succulent melon in the fridge at 41 …

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A Little Pepper History

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Food Trivia, History, Condiments, Spices,

Pepper was used to pay taxes in ancient times and even rents in England in the Middle Ages. One of it’s first internal uses was as a medicinal remedy for intestinal problems and to treat the fevers of malaria and cholera over 4,000 years ago. Considered an appetite stimulant by many healers, pepper soon found its way into culinary uses, adding its fiery, pungent flavor to many dishes. Pepper was first grown in India, and today …

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Salt Tidbits

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Food Trivia, How To, Condiments,

Add a bit of salt to baked goods. It will balance the flavors of the sweets. A pinch of salt to egg whites will increase their volume when you whip them for meringue. Salting eggplant will make them sweat out their bitterness. Don’t salt steaks before grilling. They will brown but be drier because the salt will draw out the moistness from the center. Salt afterwards. Always add a bit of salt to any bread recipe. …

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No More Corks

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Trends, Storage Tips, Wine,

Opening a bottle of good wine with a corkscrew may soon be a thing of the past. Because of the shrinkage of acreage that grows cork trees, corks have become scarce and wine makers have sought alternative ways to seal wine.  First came the plastic corks that don’t crumble like the natural corks do when a corkscrew is applied to them. A number of American wineries that changed to plastic discovered a side benefit. They didn’t …

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Why You Should Eat Locally

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Farming, Shopping, Trends,

Instead of reaching for that package in your supermarket, which often comes from corporate farms or factory animal farms thousands of miles away, make friends with your local farmer at your city’s farmer’s market this summer. Organizations like Slow Food, Field to Plate, Chiefs Collaborative, Local Harvest, and Fair Food America are trying to educate consumers about where the food they eat comes from and how it’s being grown and harvested. These organizations advocate making connection …

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