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Archive for April, 2009

FOOD HOLIDAYS: Florida Tomato Month

Those beefsteaks won’t be rolling off the vine for another couple of months, but you can celebrate Florida Tomato Month with us:

– Make swordfish steak with fresh tomato sauce.
– Serve it with a first course of angel hair pasta with cherry tomatoes.
– And a side of cherry tomato and seaweed salad with sesame dressing.
– See our reviews of 32 tomato ketchups (and 10 made from other fruits and vegetables).
– We drank many a glass to find the best tomato juice.
– See the types of heirloom tomatoes.
– Learn the history of salsa—the food, as well as the dance!



FOOD HOLIDAYS: April Is Soft Pretzel Month

Don’t wait until you get to the ball park to have a big, fragrant soft pretzel. Bake them at home with this soft pretzel recipe. Feed them to the kids, or invite the adult gang over for beer and your home-baked pretzels. Find a good beer in our Beer Section.

– The kids might prefer this “Peanut Butter Monstwich” monster sandwich recipe.
– Find some of our favorite gourmet mustards to put on your soft pretzels.
– Read the history of mustard.
– Take our Pretzel Trivia Quiz.
– It may seem like a bit “duh,” but here’s a definition of “soft pretzel.”

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NEW PRODUCT: Fair Trade Chocolate Bars from Shaman Chocolates

Dark Chocolate with Coconut Bar.
People who make a point of eating Fair Trade chocolate should take a look at the line of Fair Trade chocolate bars from Shaman Chocolates, including two new organic Fair Trade bars. As a second humanitarian bonus, sales help support the maintaining of the pre-Columbian traditions of the Huichol Indians, a tribe living in the Sierra Madre Mountains of central western Mexico who are said to be the last indigenous tribe in North America. All profits from the sales of Shaman Chocolates help support the work of the Huichols, who make visionary yarn paintings and beaded artwork and continue to live in their traditional ways.
Flavors include Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate with Coconut, Dark Chocolate with Ruby Raspberries, Organic Dark Chocolate with Acai, Lemon & Orange, Organic Dark Chocolate with Green Tea & Ginger, Extra Dark Chocolate (82% cacao), Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts, and Milk Chocolate with Macadamia Nuts & Hawaiian Pink Sea Salt. The suggested retail price is $3.00 for a two-ounce bar. The chocolate bars, which feature labels adorned with amazing Huichol artwork and imagery, are available at retailers nationwide and online at

Learn more about Fair Trade and how it benefits farmers.

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RECIPE: Smokra Deviled Eggs

What’s Smokra? It’s smoked okra, one of our favorite pickled vegetables from NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week Rick’s Picks. We love all of Rick Fields’ pickles and pickled vegetables, but Smokra has been a passion since first bite. Now, Rick sends us a recipe for Smokra Deviled Eggs. How can we resist?

– Smokra Deviled Eggs Recipe
– Caviar Deviled Eggs Recipe
Instructions For How To Make The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg
– Deviled Eggs With Frieda’s Garlic Delights (another NIBBLE Top Pick)



ENTERTAINING: Keep Foods Cool Outdoors

Necessity is the mother of invention, and Jack French came up with an idea to keep the perishable foods cool that he and his wife Linda set out for their backyard picnics and barbecues. Now, French’s Tabletop Cooler is an easy way to prevent foodborne illnesses from ruining your outdoor soirees. Along the concept of an inflatable kiddie pool, the table-size, heavy duty plastic liner is set atop a picnic table, folding table or whatever you use as a buffet, and filled with ice. Set onto the ice the platters and bowls of potato salad, fried chicken, cold cuts and other foods that should be kept cool. You don’t have to run back and forth to the kitchen to refill chilled foods from the fridge. French’s Tabletop Cooler can also be used as a beverage table—more user-friendly than the cooler or trash can approach. It’s $39.95 plus $12.99 shipping at


TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Biotta Organic Vegetable & Fruit Juices

Who doesn’t love a glass of juice? But, just like like ice cream, burgers or any pleasing food, there’s good, very good and amazing. Biotta raises the juice bar about as high as it can go. It’s beyond delicious—it’s exciting, vibrant and organic to boot!

Each of the 16 different bottles of fruit and vegetable juice is labeled with the health benefit that the produce’s vitamins and minerals confer—for example, beet juice or vegetable juice cocktail for your immune system, carrot juice for vision, celery root juice for pH regulation, potato juice for the stomach. Potato juice? If you’ve just cocked an eyebrow, you’ll convert to eyes wide open as you sip a glass and sigh, “I never dreamed potato juice would taste like this!”

But these juices are more than just sippers. You can cook with them, make ice cream and sorbet, turn them into kickin’ cocktails. Beetroot Martini? Mmmm—and while you’re at it, try some fine organic gin and vodka from the Organic Spirits Company. Read the full review, and then, drink up!

Biotta’s beautiful organic juice line—delicious and
most definitely good for you.



CONTEST: Create The Next Ben & Jerry’s Fair Trade Flavor

Ben & Jerry

Socially responsible ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s has just launched its latest flavor, Chocolate Macadamia, a “Fair Trade flavor” made of Fair Trade™ Certified cocoa, vanilla, macadamia nuts and sugar. You might create the next Fair Trade flavor, by entering their “Do the World A Flavor Contest” using the fun, interactive “Flavor Generator” on In addition to the honor of creating B&J’s next pint, the winner will enjoy a trip to the company’s Fair Trade cocoa co-op in the Dominican Republic. The deadline to enter your flavor is is May 26, 2009 at 11:59:59PM ET. (After all these years, someone must have finally figured out that “midnight” was ambiguous.)

Fair Trade™ Certified is an international certification that ensures that farmers are paid a fair price for their harvest, and that the products are grown sustainably. Learn more about Fair Trade and how it helps the world.

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CONTEST: Your Favorite Restaurant Could Win You A Trip To NYC

If your favorite barbecue restaurant beats all—and you can write it up in a way that will get judges and viewers to vote for it—you could win a trip to New York City and dinner at a famous restaurant (not stated, but we’ll guess it’s Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke). If you already live in New York City, we’ll guess that you can spend the night at whatever hotel the out-of-towner would get put up at, and maybe bargain for an extra night given that the contest sponsor saves on plane fare. Or, maybe fly in a pal to join you. But that’s just our guess.

What do you have to do? Tell ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” about that restaurant and its signature dish. You have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. You’ve got 300 words or less. You’ve got to make it juicy and gooood. Details and the online entry form at

Mouth-watering barbecue.
But wait, there’s more:

– THE NIBBLE’s favorite barbecue sauces.
How To Barbecue: barbecue instructions and tips.
Chocolate Barbecue Sauce Recipe. It rocks.
Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe. Make it at home, with chicken, spicy barbecue sauce, Provolone, Havarti and smoked Gouda.


CONTEST: Kraft American Cheese Singles

To celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month, April, KRAFT is giving away 2,000 packs of Kraft Singles. Visit, and tell Kraft why grilled cheese makes you smile. Five hundred respondents will be selected at random each week to win.

We get a bigger smile out of our gourmet grilled cheese recipes. They don’t use Kraft Singles, but do use blue cheese, Brie, Cheddar, Gouda, Fontina, Havarti and mascarpone.

– Check our our gourmet grilled cheese recipes.

– Learn how to make a basic grilled cheese sandwich, with those Kraft Singles or any other kind of cheese.



TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Essential Cane Sweet, Hot & Spicy Finishing Sugars

You don’t have to be a skilled chef to know there are secret ingredients that, with just a sprinkle or a splash, can turn an ordinary dish into something special—something that makes family and friends think that you are one step removed from entering the Top Chef competition. These bottles, jars and cans are what we keep in our arsenal of ingredients, to turn that pasta dish into pasta pizzazz, the broiled fish into seafood superb, the bowl of salad from greens to glorious.

With FlavorStorm’s new line of Essential Cane flavored sugars, the game has gotten even more interesting. In 14 varieties, both sweet and savory, you now have magic wands flavored with everything from clove to green chile to habañero—and yes, that’s naturally-flavored cane sugar.

Essential Cane not only adds a touch of flavor, but a touch of beauty. It’s not only for the holidays, but for everyday kitchen witchcraft. The other fun part: It’s affordable…for you, for gifts, for everyday, for parties. Turn the coffee klatsch into a cane sugar klatsch. It you don’t already know what you’d do with sweet onion sugar—cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, main courses, desserts—read the full review. And get ready to shake it!


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