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  National Watermelon Month, July Belongs To Berries Month, National Grilling Month, National Ice Cream Month, National Baked Bean Month, National Hot Dog Month, National Pickle Month, National Picnic Month, National Bison Month,   Eggplant and Lettuce Month, Melon and Mango Month, National Horseradish Month, and Nectarine and Garlic Month.

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One Soufflé at a Time
by Anne Willan

Anne Willan has more than 50 years of experience as a cooking teacher, author, and culinary historian. I attended her famed French cooking school La Varenne in Paris many years ago and it opened my culinary world.  Anne is the school's founder and currently lives in the U.S. and continues to teach and write cookbooks.

Anne was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Hall of Fame for her "body of work" in May, 2013. She has received the International Association of Culinary Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award, multiple James Beard Foundation Awards for her cookbooks, and was named Bon Appétit magazine's Cooking Teacher of the Year in 2000. In July 2014, Anne was awarded the rank of Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor for her accomplishments in promoting the gastronomy of France.

Her more than 30 books include La Varenne Pratique, (1989); The Country Cooking of France, (2007); The Cookbook Library, (2012), One Soufflé at a Time, (2013); and Secrets from the La Varenne Kitchen, (2015).

One Soufflé at a Time is the witty story of Anne's early years at La Varenne in Paris and later in Burgundy and showcases her culinary career as she helped so many students learn to cook while Secrets from the La Varenne Kitchen is just that.  It is a compilation of over 50 essential recipes students were taught at Anne's school, including stocks, sauces and pastry recipes that are fundamental to preparing finished dishes.

To the left you'll find recipes from both One Soufflé at a Time and Secrets from the La Varenne Kitchen. The La Varenne website can be found at: 
All the best in food, wine, and travel.
Happy July,
Sally Bernstein 
Sally's Recommendations

Dinner in a Box Delivered: Blue Apron is one of the very best. They ship 8 million meals each month which includes pre-measured ingredients that are ready to be chopped or sauteed and easy-to-follow recipe cards are included with photos. Blue Apron ingredients are packed well and they make it easy to sign up online. This concept can be helpful not only for Moms who work but also for kids who want to learn how to cook. Click here  to order.  Price per serving: $8.74 or $9.99 

The new Kuhn Rikon Corn Holder Set features soft textured handles that provide a comfortable grip and these holders keep your hands clean as you enjoy hot corn on the cob.  A corkscrew-style tip twists into the cob securely.  Dishwasher safe, they stack together for neat, compact storage.  Click here  to order. $12 for a set of 8

CK Mondavi has released three new wines for summer entertaining: 2015 CK Mondavi Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 CK Mondavi Moscato and the 2013 CK Mondavi Merlot.  100% American grown grapes are used in this family-run business that has grown, produced and bottled wine for more than 70 years. Each wine is available in 750 ml with a twist-off capsule and sells for $6.99/bottle. Click here to order. 
Five new barbecue sauces featuring Texas, Carolina, Memphis, Kansas City and Classic sauces. The Heinz Barbecue Team worked with some of the nation's top pitmasters to create this collection of authentic regional barbecue sauces that are sure to please this summer. Which 'cue are you? For information, click here. $2.49 each   
Mad Minis are mini ice cream cookie sandwiches made with real ice cream, no artificial ingredients and contain only 60 calories each. They come in 4 flavors with 12 to a box: Vanilla, Chocolate, Blondie and Black Raspberry and sell for $4.79 and $5.29, depending on the store. Check the Mad Mini website's "Where to Buy" section at

The new 2014 Pinot Noir from Divining Rod, produced by Marc Mondavi, is from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. You'll discover a taste of black cherry, cinnamon, clove and rose petals. This balanced and complex wine has an underlying earthiness and is made of 100% pinot noir grapes. New French oak barrels were used to assure that the 5,000 cases were of the utmost quality.  To purchase, click here.  $18.99/bottle

Ravino handcrafted artisan pasta is made in small batches with quality seasonal and local ingredients. There are 4 varieties: Cheese Ravioli, Chickpea and Kale Ravioli, Mushroom and Fontina Ravioli and Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli.  You'll enjoy these creative Italian fillings with a splash of olive oil, surely a winning combination.  Sold frozen with 12 to a box. RAVINO also produces a cold pressed California Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  At this time you'll find these products available in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Check their website for more information. Ravioli ranges from $7.49 - $10.49 per box depending on retailer and location and the olive oil sells for $12.50. 
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