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Archive for May 17, 2009

FOOD HOLIDAY: International Pickle Week ~ May 15-25

Is there anything more dill-icious than International Pickle Week? It was founded more than 60 years ago by Pickle Packers International, a trade association. The U.S. produces 20 billion pickles each year, an average of nine pounds of pickles per person. So for all the people who don’t eat pickles, or those who eat just a few slices on their Big Macs, imagine how many pounds of pickles the true pickle lovers eat! Fortunately, they’re low calorie and good for you!

Pickles are categorized as a condiment, from the Latin condire, to season. Go to for recipes, picklewear (we like the “Get Pickled” tee), recipes, coupons and pickle e-cards.

Pickle Week

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RECIPE: Classic French Pastry

Profiteroles are pâte à choux, filled with ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce.

Pastry chef Jean-Yves Charon was born in Brittany, a region in the northwest of France. Growing up in France, Jean-Yves got to experience some of the best pastry the world has to offer. He recently shared his knowledge of the classic French treat, pâte à choux, and provided us with this recipe.

Read our full article about sweet and savory pâte à choux.

Discover more reviews and recipes of our favorite gourmet pastries and pies.

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TOP PICK: Sweet n’ Spicy Essential Cane 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 habanero—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 parties, for everyday.

Sweet and savory sugars take your cooking,
baking and beverage-making to a whole new

If you don’t already know what you’d do with sweet onion sugar—cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, main courses, desserts—read the full review.

Read reviews of more of our favorite gourmet sugars and seasonings.

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