Happy National Coffee Day!
For many of us, the day begins with a steaming cup of joe. It's how we wake up, and sometimes how we survive throughout the day. We are addicted to the strong aroma, robust flavor -- and, of course, the caffeine can help.
Today is National Coffee Day, and although coffee is mostly made for drinking, there are plenty of ways to use it in cooking and baking. You might want to savor the tail end of summer's warm weather with a hickory-smoked brisket with Southwestern coffee barbecue sauce or throw a dinner party and impress your friends with coffee-infused duck breast with lentil salad. For dessert, keep the coffee ice cream in the freezer and try making Kona coffee creme brulee instead.
-- Leah Rodrigues
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