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Archive for November, 2008

RECIPE: Pumpkin Mousse

Don’t want a traditional pumpkin pie for dessert this Thanksgiving? Try our glamorous pumpkin mousse recipe.

Other pumpkin recipe favorites:

Bourbon Pecan Pumpkin Pie
Cranberry Pumpkin Crumble Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin & Habañero Cheddar Soufflés
Pumpkin Cocktail

And these Top Picks Of The Week:

Rossi’s Pumpkin Fettuccini
SuperSeedz Flavored Pumpkin Seeds
Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale


Pumpkin mousse combines the best of both
worlds: the flavor of spiced pumpkin pie with
elegant, creamy mousse.
FOOD FACTS: The Big Pumpkin

The pumpkin is a winter squash, like acorn squash and butternut squash. Winter squash have hard, thick rinds that enable them to stay fresh for up to three months when stored in a cool, dark place. Summer squash are thin-skinned and bruise easily (think zucchini); they contain more water than winter squash. These days, winter squash and summer squash varieties are available year-round.

Take a gander at our Squash Glossary, THE NIBBLE’s most popular article (and out of thousands of articles on TheNibble.com, that’s a feat!).

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CONTEST: Peanut Butter Holiday Recipe Contest

Do you have a favorite holiday recipe that includes peanut butter? Then Peanut Butter & Co. invites you to enter their contest. They’re looking for great eats for the table: appetizers, main courses, sides, desserts–you name it. Have a crazy idea for a Peanut Butter Roast Chicken? Let’s see it! Secretly plotting a Peanut Butter Fondue? Let us know. At least 1/4 cup of peanut butter must be in the recipe. More information can be found here.

While you’re at it, try their new Mighty Maple peanut butter (blended with real maple syrup) with bacon on whole grain or white toast. Garnish with some apple slices. Buy $30 worth of PB&C products online, and you’ll receive a free jar of Mighty Maple peanut butter. Enter coupon code MM888 in the “Coupon Code” field located in the online basket (reachable by clicking the “My Shopping Cart” link in the upper-right hand side at the company website, ilovepeanutbutter.com). The offer ends November 30, 2008.

-Find more of our favorite PBs in THE NIBBLE’s Jams & Nut Butters Section.
-Read the history of peanut butter.
-Take our peanut butter trivia quiz.

Cooking With Peanut Butter

-This peanut soup recipe is a great first course for Thanksgiving.
-Try this award-winning Peanut Butter & Jelly Ravioli recipe from NIBBLE writer Marissa Goldberg, plus other award-winning peanut butter recipes.
-Make this easy Peanut Butter Fudge recipe for holiday gifts.
-Make a peanut butter pound cake.
-Make some peanut butter banana bread.

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ENTERTAINING: Have A Hard Cider Party

Fall is apple cider season. While in the U.S. and parts of Canada, the term “apple cider” is interchangeable with apple juice, in Europe a glass of cider is not kid stuff: It’s an alcoholic drink that many prefer to beer. Usually made from fermented apple juice (although pears can be used—pear cider is known as perry in the U.K.), the juice ferments for eight weeks after the apples are pressed. The cider then matures or several months, is blended, filtered and carbonated. The result is a drink with the carbonation and alcohol of beer and the flavor of apples. As with beer, each brand has a distinct flavor profile and alcoholic content, generally from 3% ABV (alcohol by volume) or less to 8.5% or more.

In the U.S., alcoholic cider is called hard cider, and it’s becoming more popular. Like wine, it has a relatively high concentration of antioxidants—but enjoy it for the crisp, refreshing taste!

 
-Hard cider is best served chilled or over ice.
-Cider is naturally gluten-free.
-Cider is less filling than beer.
-The apple flavor is all-natural (as opposed to artificially-flavored malt beverages).

Gather up as many brands as you can, and invite friends over for a hard cider tasting. You can serve hard cider with any snack or food you’d serve with beer, but the sweetness of cider allows you to serve desserts with it, too, especially apple desserts (pie, crumble, bread pudding). For snacks, hearty cheeses and charcuterie; for main courses, pork, chicken and sausages, soups, stews, fondue. In fact, you can substitute hard cider for wine in most recipes and drink the cider along with the meal.

You’ll find hard ciders from the U.S., England, and Magners Irish Cider, the only hard cider imported from Ireland (and made from 17 varieties of apples). It has 4.5% alcohol and only 215 calories per pint bottle. You can learn more about Cider production at Magners.com.

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NEW PRODUCT: Thanksgiving Treats For Fido

While you’re savoring Thanksgiving favorites with family and friends, why give your canine gourmet those everyday treats? Cloud Star, makers of Buddy Biscuits, has added Turkey & Cranberry Muttos to its lineup of healthy dog snacks. Or perhaps your picky pooch prefers Duck & Sweet Potato. Both of these festive flavors join Oatmeal & Blueberry and Peanut Butter & Green Apple as nutritious snacks made from the same types of ingredients that people eat. The all-natural, preservative-free snacks are made from domestically-farmed ingredients and do not contain corn or soy. If you’ll be a house guest at a residence where there’s a dog, we’re sure that it would far prefer you bring a box of Muttos than a bottle of wine. Muttos dog snacks are available at health food and pet supply stores nationwide; you can find a retailer near you at Cloudstar.com or by calling 1.800.361.9079. A 16-ounce box is $6.45.

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RECIPE TIPS: Enjoy Thanksgiving With Fewer Calories

Chicago caterer, restaurateur and author, Carlyn Berghoff, provides these calorie-saving tips for the holidays:

-White meat has less fat and fewer calories than dark meat. If you brine your turkey or use the Turkey Cannon, the white meat will be so moist, a dark-meat lover won’t be disappointed.

-With a moister turkey, you don’t need gravy; but instead of heavy gravy, serve the turkey au jus instead.

-Try mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. The consistency is similar; you’ll save on carbs and enjoy the benefit of the high-antioxidant cruciferous vegetable group, of which cauliflower and broccoli are two famous members.

 
-Instead of a green bean casserole made with butter and/or cream, blanch the green beans, then season them with a thyme and sage vinaigrette. Finish with a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin seeds (see our review of SuperSeedz pumpkin seeds—perfect for the occasion).

-Pie is a no-win situation. Some of THE NIBBLE Editors’ favorite substitutes include baked apple, with a minimal amount of sugar (you can add non-calorie sweetener afterward) and sorbet (look for seasonal flavors like cranberry from artisan producers). Or get a sculpted fruit basket from Edible Arrangements—fruit made so pretty that most people will forget about the pie (or at least, about the second piece of pie).

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