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Concord Grape Shrub

On Day 3 of Concord Grape Week, we stop eating and start drinking. Shrubs are an old beverage idea making a big, big comeback. A shrub is fruit preserved with a combination of sugar and vinegar. Mixed with water, sparkling water or combined with spirits, shrubs are a delight, an entryway to an empire of…

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Concord Grape Syrup Redux from I Love Corn

  This post is three years old and it is timely, for this week devoted to Concord grapes, to display it here again. The book I Love Corn by Lisa Skye is the best corn book ever. And it's all about corn. And then a little more. Hidden away in its pages you find this…

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Brian’s Green Gazpacho [as promised although delayed]

After brownies, after chicken wings, the very first dish I mastered as an adult was gazpacho. I saw a show on public television where tomatoes and a blender and a can of V-8 were converted into a soup. My V-8 days are long past, but I’m into gazpacho as soon as the snow is gone…

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Maytag Blue Grapes Redux from Just a Bite by Gale Gand

Suzen and I wish you happy Memorial Day. This is a day to trigger memories for many of us, to reflect for even a brief time on the sacrifices made by so many for us. And this is the day that for most of us trumpets, "Summer is here." Forget June 20 and the the…

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