TIP OF THE WEEK

Every sandwich has the potential to be great, says celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, who offers tips for building a better sandwich:

— Bread is the foundation, and should be as sturdy as it is delicious. You can find quality bread options like Arnold, Brownberry and Oroweat in your local grocery store.

— When dealing with messier ingredients or condiments, try lightly toasting or searing one side of each slice of bread. Stack your sandwich with the toasted sides facing in.

— Build from the bottom up. Place the driest and heaviest ingredients on the bottom slice of bread first before adding toppings like lettuce and tomato. Finally, spread condiments on the second slice before topping the sandwich.

— Don’t go condiment crazy. Too many muddle the flavors.

— Avoid overloading your sandwich. It’s no fun when ingredients fall out when you take a bite.

COOKOUTS

3 great grilling tips

The summer season is made for grilling, and as you fire up your grill for your next cookout, here are three tips from ABCnews.com you can use to make it great.

— Get an early start on the grill. Heat your grill before placing food on top of it and you’ll reduce your sticking concerns and burn off any remnants from your last cooking session.

— Allow time to cook. We don’t just mean cooking food until it is done. Allow your food time to cook on each side and it won’t stick to the grill when you turn it.

— Presentation first. Cooking the presentation side first tightens the muscle fibers in the meat and ensures a better presentation at serving time.

SAFETY

Tips to avoid foodborne illness

Warm-weather months mean more meals outside. But transporting, preparing and serving food outdoors can increase the risk of foodborne illness. These tips from the Michigan State University Extension will keep you and your guests enjoying the party all season long.

— Marinate all foods in the fridge, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and if using the marinade on cooked food as a sauce, be sure to use a portion that never touched the raw meat.

— Use a food thermometer to guarantee your meals are cooked to the right temperature.

— Avoid reusing plates or utensils that have come into contact with raw meat or seafood.

— If using a brush to clean your grill, keep an eye out for detached bristles that may come into contact with the grilled food.

— Keep hot foods wrapped tight in an insulated container at 140 degrees or above until serving.

HEALTHY DRINKING

Coffee may provide a health boost

Go ahead and pour another cup of coffee, as two new studies show drinking more java can help you live a longer life.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer and the Imperial College London surveyed more than 520,000 people in 10 European countries, making it the largest study on the correlation between coffee and mortality ever conducted in a European population. Its finding: Drinking more coffee significantly reduces the risk of death.

A second study funded by the National Cancer Institute surveyed more than 185,000 adults representing numerous ethnicities and found the mortality boost provided by coffee extended across all races included in the study.

While coffee may offer some health benefits, nutritionists warn adding flavors such as heavy cream and sugar will increase your caloric intake and can nullify many of the health benefits of black coffee.

— Brandpoint