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Chilled Whites, Spicy Reds: Summer Wines and Their Perfect Food Pairings

By John Stewart, July 4, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by John Stewart

From cool salads to hot grills, the warmest months provide ample opportunity for great meals — and great wines to go with them! Below we focus on some of our Top 10 Wines of Summer and their perfect food pairings.

The White Wines

Floral, fruity and very food-friendly, Chenin-Chardonnay from Innovación is a natural for al fresco foods like burgers, fish tacos or shrimp kabobs. Apple in the wine’s clean, balanced finish goes perfectly with our Grilled Turkey Burgers with Gouda recipe. Try a glass with creamy, tangy Cellars at Jasper Hill Harbison cheese — you’ll get lovely notes of lemon curd in the pairing.


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Sensational Swordfish

By Megan Myers, July 2, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

Meaty and rich, swordfish is like no other fish you’ve had before. Swordfish is in its peak in summer, which means it’s a wonderful option for putting on the grill for a quick weeknight dinner or for entertaining. It only needs minimal preparation to make the flavors shine — salt, olive oil, and lemon are a great combo — but it also pairs well with summer produce like squash and tomatoes. Leave it as a whole steak for those perfect grill marks, or add to kabobs for meaty morsels.

Plus, during the summer season you’ll be getting the best hand-selected, harpoon-caught swordfish from an MSC-certified sustainable fishery in Nova Scotia. Catching the fish slowly one-by-one this way is an age-old fishing technique with very low impact on ocean habitat that helps eliminate bycatch.

Ready to expand your fish repertoire? Here are a few simple, yet...

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Affordable Fruit Desserts

By Value Guru, July 1, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Value Guru

Tart cherries. Juicy peaches. Sweet strawberries. Pick peak-season fruit for that sweet spot where flavor and affordability live. 

Here are a few of our favorite fruit-based desserts that you can’t afford to miss, like that Gluten-Free Grilled Stone Fruit Trifle below that’s only $1.65 per serving! How sweet is that?

No-Cook Cherry Vanilla Pudding with Lemon Wafers
No-Cook Cherry Vanilla Pudding with Lemon Wafers


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There’s Plastic on Your Face… and it’s Washing Down the Drain

By Lia Colabello , June 30, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Lia Colabello

The 5 Gyres Institute conducts research and communicates about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Lia Colabello, who heads development and community engagement of 5 Gyres, shares more about their mission in this blog post.


Every morning, millions of people unwittingly flush billions of tiny, plastic beads down the drain and into our water systems. How? Simply by washing their face!

Many facial cleansers, scrubs, peels and body washes use plastic microbeads to exfoliate the old skin and bring on the new, more youthful “you.” Looking good is a good thing, so...

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Potato Salad For Celebrations

By Alana Sugar, June 30, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alana Sugar

Grilled Potato Salad
Grilled Potato Salad

Every year my friends throw a big potluck backyard barbecue that always has a theme. This year, it’s Mediterranean. I was asked to bring potato salad and decided upon this wonderfully crunchy Vegan Potato Salad with Celery and Arugula that is made with a vegan mayo-and-cider vinegar dressing.

Although traditional potato salad, like this great...

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