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Archive for July, 2008

GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Hot Dog Trivia


Man bites dog: 150 million of them on July Fourth alone!
  Like sausage? Enter this week’s Gourmet Giveaway: The lucky winner of our hot dog prize will get to enjoy two large gourmet sausages, Mild Summer Sausage and Spicy Summer Sausage, with matching mustards: Sweet ‘n’ Hot Mustard, Hickory Mustard and Hot Mustard, from Dan The Sausageman. The sausages are 20 ounces each, and can be enjoyed as snacks, on pizza, in pasta, old-style with sauerkraut or as part of a mixed grill. Retail value $30.99. This and other sausage gifts are available at DelightfulDeliveries.com. Enter the Gourmet Giveaway by answering a few fun trivia questions about hot dogs; you don’t have to answer correctly to win. Find more of our favorite gourmet sausages in the Sausages & Charcuterie Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.
 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Ham & Goat

Instead of Swiss or Cheddar on your ham or turkey sandwich, spread an ounce of fresh goat cheese (chèvre). Add your lettuce and tomato, and for an exciting extra dimension, some chopped fresh basil. Fresh goat cheese is so moist, you may not need mustard or mayonnaise; but look to mayo rather than mustard so as not to overpower the flavors of delicate chèvre. Our favorite: Lemonaise or Lemonaise Light from The Ojai Cook—you’ll never go back to regular mayonnaise again! If you don’t like fresh chèvre, get an aged goat cheese—there are goat Cheddars, goat blues, glorious goats in almost every style of cheese, just waiting to be discovered. Click here to learn more about goat cheese on TheNibble.com.  
Gourmet goat cheese: Crottins of Chavignol, an AOC-designated goat cheese from France.
 

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Chobani Greek Yogurt


Probiotics with panache: Here, we added
fresh blueberries to Chobani’s blue-
berry yogurt (the Chobani fruit is on the
bottom).
  Chobani Greek Yogurt is a welcome newcomer to the yogurt case. More like sour cream than American-style yogurt, it will overcome resistance from some people who don’t care for the tart tanginess of traditional yogurts. And, packed with probiotic cultures, it will help those who have digestive problems. In 0%, lowfat, full fat plain yogurt, and in six 0% flavored varieties, the line is certified kosher, all natural, rBGH-free and gluten-free.

“Chobani” means shepherd in Turkish. This lovely yogurt line has been carefully shepherded by an emigré whose family makes yogurt and feta in Turkey. Using the same classic techniques to produce thick, triple-strained yogurt—known as Greek-style in the U.S.—Chobani Greek Yogurt is the thickest and most sour cream-like line of Greek-style yogurt we have found to date. People who should eat more yogurt or calcium in general, but don’t like the consistency or tanginess of most yogurts, may be very happy with Chobani.

Chobani is a very rich and ultra-creamy way to get your probiotics and protein—or simply to enjoy a delicious cup of yogurt. All-natural and low in sugar (the plain nonfat is 100 calories a serving and the fruit flavors are 140 calories), the line is made with hormone-free milk. It contains live and active cultures as well as probiotic cultures (see our Probiotics Glossary for the difference). And, at 14g of protein per 6-ounce serving, it has two times the amount of protein as traditional American yogurts. Read the full review on TheNibble.com.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Tortellini Kebabs

Tortellini and cheese kebabs are a different twist on a party favorite—and they go great with wine and beer. Cook, cool and marinate cheese and/or spinach tortellini in a vinaigrette or bottled Italian dressing. Drain and alternate on skewers with cubes of ham, salami, cheese (small mozzarella balls or perlini are perfect) and chunks of bell peppers. Then, watch them disappear! You can serve the skewers on a tray or stick them in a crusty round loaf of bread, a brick of cheese, a halved winter squash or a pumpkin. Get more hors d’oeuvres ideas on TheNibble.com.  
Make your own tortellini kebabs or buy
these frozen ones from Kabobs, a NIBBLE Top Pick.
 

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TOP PICK: SAVU Smoker Bags

Love smoked food? Now you can smoke
your own in your kitchen oven, as often
as you like. The aluminum smoking
pouch goes from oven to table and is
then disposed of—no clean-up required.
  Shame on us! We discovered SAVU Smoker Bags two years ago and have just gotten around to sharing them with you. When you discover how easy it is to cook up delicious smoked foods, you’ll either thank us or be ticked off that it’s taken so long to share the news. These simple-to-use bags will have you smoking up a storm: Meat, fish or vegetables can be smoked effortlessly in the kitchen oven or on an outdoor grill—at home or at your favorite picnic- or campgrounds.

Now every day can be a smokin’ day. Beef, chicken, duck, fish, lamb, kebabs, pork and other favorite foods smoke over natural wood chips that are layered in cleverly-designed, single-use aluminum smoker bags, made in Finland. You can even make your own hot-smoked salmon or other fish for Sunday brunch! The heavier-flavored hickory chips are intended to pair better with meats, and the lighter-flavored alder chips with fish, but the bags truly are universal. The wood creates real smoked flavor in minutes. By adding potatoes and other vegetables, you can make complete meals in one bag. Just seal, cook, open and eat. And you can serve from the bag—not only is there no oven mess, there are no extra dishes to clean.

You’ll discover what a delight it is to make low-fat, low-calorie smoked dishes (and sure, you can make ribs with all that brown sugar and molasses, too). If you’ve toyed with the idea of buying a smoker, or feel deprived because you have no space or justification for one, now an inexpensive aluminum bag can let you get smokin’. Smoke out the details in the full review.

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