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Archive for July, 2008

TIP OF THE DAY: Better Burgers

Most cookbooks advise using ground chuck for burgers, but many top chefs use brisket. It has a better proportion of fat and better flavored-meat. It’s a tough cut, so have it ground twice. When shaping patties, do it lightly—squeezing them into a solid mound makes them tougher and less juicy. Click here to read more burger tips from THE NIBBLE.  
Make your burgers better by starting with
the right beef.
 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Table Art


These hand-blown glass salt shakers
come from GazelleGlass.com.
  From 18th-century to ultra-modern, sugar bowls, creamers, salt-and-pepper shakers and other accessories add personality to any table. Why not collect them and use a different one each month? They don’t have to match your dishes, they don’t take up much storage space and you can find them at yard sales. In fact, look for old-fashioned salt cellars for the newly-popular artisan salts. (Click here to see the many different kinds of artisan salt.) Let the kids make the monthly selection, and give them the job of switching over the sugar, salt and pepper on the first day of the month.
 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Fresh-Squeezed

So many things taste better with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime…but you don’t always have a fresh one at hand. Plan ahead by freezing fresh wedges. When you need a squeeze, microwave a wedge for 20 seconds. The juice will taste as fresh as the day you put the citrus in the freezer. Squeeze the juice on salads or seafood, in your margarita, anywhere. While the frozen wedge doesn’t look as pretty as fresh, the juice tastes great. Freezing wedges is also a trick for saving unused portions of lemons and limes that might otherwise deteriorate in the refrigerator. To read about what we do with fruit purées here at THE NIBBLE, click here.  
Keeping lemon wedges on hand allows
making the classic gin and tonic to be
even easier. Try it with Q Tonic Water.
 

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GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Cheesecake Trivia


Who doesn’t love cheesecake? Whether
New York- or Philadelphia-style, flavored
or traditional, this is one dessert that
takes the cake!
  Like cheesecake? Enter this week’s Gourmet Giveaway: The lucky winner of our cheesecake prize will get to enjoy a 10-inch deluxe cheesecake sampler. You’ll get two slices each of eight flavors: Amaretto, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Fudge, New York Style, Blueberry Swirl, Raspberry Swirl, Cappuccino and White Chocolate Pistachio. Retail value $52.99. This and other gourmet gifts are available at DelightfulDeliveries.com. Enter the Gourmet Giveaway by answering a few fun trivia questions about cheesecake; you don’t have to answer correctly to win. Find more of our favorite gourmet cakes in the Cake & Pastries Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.
 

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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Bumble Bars

What could be better than a healthy sweet treat that tastes great? That’s why we were buzzing when we recently discovered the Bumble Bar, handcrafted in microbatches in Spokane, Washington (just 154 bars are made per batch).

While not made with honey, they evoke a gourmet version of those sesame-honey candies—but they’re soft and pose no harm to dental work. They’re flat bars, the size of a chocolate bar, and you can devour one whole or break off a piece at a time. The sesame seeds and flax seeds provide much more than texture, flavor, lots of fiber and heart-healthy linolenic acid and omega-3s;* they require a lot of chewing, so the snack lasts longer. And, in the summer heat, the bars don’t melt like chocolate or go gooey like caramel.

While Bumble Bars call themselves energy bars, they don’t stack up nutritionally the way a Balance Bar, Clif Bar or Lara Bar will. Those bars have twice the protein and half the fat, and are formulated for energy. We’d call it a confection—a healthy candy. In fact, the world’s first candies were seeds, nuts and fruits mixed with honey. Bumble Bars are descendants of those simple, whole foods. They’re gluten-free, wheat- and dairy-free and vegan, made of certified organic good stuff and sweetened with brown rice syrup and evaporated cane juice. And it’s not easy to tire of them, given 12 delicious flavors: Awesome Apricot, Chai With Almonds, Chocolate Cherry, Chocolate Crisp, Chunky Cherry, Lushus Lemon, Original (peanut and cinnamon), Original with Almond, Original With Cashew, Original With Hazelnut, Original With Mixed Nuts and Tasty Tropical.

 
These sesame and flax seed bars are
our new favorite guilt-free candy. Chunky
Cherry and Original With Almonds,
above, are two of the 12 flavors.
Read the buzz in the full review, and stock up for camp, car trips, the gym—and healthy workplace snacks instead of what’s in the lobby concession or that infernal candy machine.

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