If you received a Keurig brewing system this Christmas, you will join millions of other users who have tossed more than 5 billion K-cups into landfills.
Now there's a new K-cup distribution company that is offering the first recyclable K-cup. Crazy Cups has six flavors designed to work in all K-cup machines: spiced gingerbread, white Christmas, Italian chocolate cheesecake, pumpkin vanilla crème, Jamaican Me Crazy and peppermint chocolate mocha. A sampler pack of 20 is $18.60. Go to Crazycups.com.
Some of the year's best
Here's a look at some of the top foods of 2013.
■ Tumblr's Year in Review lists the most reblogged foods; not surprisingly, chocolate is on top. It's followed by dessert, pizza, coffee, and cake. Go to Yearinreview.tumblr.com.
■ The James Beard Foundation blog has named its 10 favorite dishes of 2013. The list highlights a variety of offerings from menus nationwide, ranging from the strawberry shortcake at Beth's Farm Market in Warren, Maine, to chicken liver toast with corn bread, grapefruit marmalade and chicken skin at Alder in New York City. The full list is at Bit.ly/1fFlHN7. If you're looking for something different to serve at your New Year's Eve party, try a blueberry mint spritzer. This recipe is from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council.
Blueberry mint spritzer
3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup simple syrup (recipe follows)
1/2 cup lime juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 cup mint leaves, torn
4 cups club soda
8 fluid ounces vodka (optional)
1 cup fresh blueberries
Combine first four ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add mint leaves. Stir with wooden spoon to release mint aromas. Chill completely and strain out solids into a container by pushing on the blueberries to extract as much juice as possible. For each drink, combine 3 ounces chilled blueberry base in a shaker with 1/2 cup ice cubes and 1 ounce vodka, if using. Shake to muddle and strain into a chilled glass. Add 4 ounces club soda. Garnish with a few blueberries and a mint leaf. Makes 8 8-ounce drinks.
2 parts sugar
1 part water
Bring water to a boil. Dissolve sugar into boiling water, stirring constantly. Once sugar is dissolved completely, remove pan from the heat. (Note: Do not allow syrup to boil for too long or it will be too thick.) Allow syrup to cool completely and thicken, then bottle.