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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!


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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)


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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

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