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AUGUST 2012
Summer Essentials!
Vol. XXIII, No. 8b

Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones features recipes for both traditional and avant-garde flavors

KEEP COOL
Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones

Pops, sorbets and cookies, oh my! With 90 recipes ranging from Earl Grey ice cream to lime-blackberry pops, this cookbook from San Francisco's Bi-Rite Creamery is a tasty guide for making cool treats during the hot season.

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Cuisinart ICE-40 Flavor Duo Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

ICE QUEEN
Cuisinart ICE-40 Flavor Duo Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

 We have accumulated plenty of gadgets that we thought would prove useful that wound up gathering dust. But this ice cream maker is so pratical and easy to use that it gets plenty of sweet action in the kitchen. Thanks, Cuisinart!

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Learn how to make great iced tea

BETTER BREWING
How to Make Iced Tea

Making iced tea is simple. Making great iced tea is another matter. It takes more than simply boiling water and dropping in a couple of tea bags. It also requires the use of primo leaves and ice cubes, not chips. Learn more tricks from the pros!

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Picnic Time Wine and Cheese Tote

TRANSPORTER
Picnic Time Wine and Cheese Tote

For a wine and cheese picnic on-the-go, this handy wine tote with a sturdy polyester-canvas outer shell is the perfect utilitarian companion. The triangular tote has compartments galore, holding two to three bottles of wine or spirits and a suite of included accessories.

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Govino Wine Glasses are made from a BPA-free, shatterproof polymer

PRACTICAL SIPPER
Govino Wine Glass

We love everything about these shatterproof wine glasses: their cool design (especially the ergonomic thumb notch), the benefit that they are BPA-free and best of all, the fact that they don't change the taste of the wine we are swilling. Cheers to that!

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Learn how to mix a perfect margarita with the help of cocktail king Dale DeGroff

LIME TIME
How To Make A Perfect Margarita

Cointreau or no Cointreau? That is the question hotly debated by margarita connoisseurs. To get a definitive answer, we had an audience with the "King of Cocktails" himself. The following recipes come from Dale DeGroff, president and founder of The Museum of the American Cocktail.

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