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Trends, Products & Items Of Note In The World Of Specialty Foods

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Archive for May, 2009

PRODUCT: Tasty Pastry, Kouign Aman

This buttery Breton pastry makes an
addictive addition to your morning coffee.
Photo by Corey Lugg | THE NIBBLE.


Seldom found in French bakeries in America, kouign amann (pronounced (kween ah-MAHN) is a Breton pastry (from Brittany, a region in France).

This laminated pastry is time consuming to make, but the payoff is something distinctive and wonderful. If you’re a baker, bake some. Or splurge and have them sent from a top baker as a treat.

Read the full review to learn more about kouign amann.

Read reviews of more of our favorite pies and pastries.



PRODUCT: Deluxe Honeydrop Honey Drink

Love honey? Want a natural, sweet drink without sugar? The makers of Deluxe Honeydrop invite you to “bee alive” with their line of noncarbonated, honey-infused beverages, an alternative to the juice drinks and sweet flavored waters on the market. USDA-certified organic and OU-certified kosher, in BPA-free bottles, this is a drink one can feel good about.

Read our full review of Honeydrop Honey Drinks, and learn where you can buy it to try it.

Honey-lovers, rejoice: find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about honey.

As the bee says, it tastes good!


CONTEST: Win $5,000 With Your Tilapia Recipe

Tilapia have lovely pink scales.
Good news for people who like cooking with tilapia, saving money and winning contests! Regal Springs Tilapia seeks contestants to submit cost-effective and family-friendly tilapia recipes. The person to submit the most creative, most thorough and, of course, most delicious dish will win a grand prize of $5,000. Read the details and submit your recipes to Regal Springs by August 1, 2009.
Do your homework. Get the basic background info on tilapia and hundred of other denizens of the sea in our Seafood Glossary.

A cooking tip from The Nibble: mild-tasting, value-oriented fish such as tilapia take well to strong, savory simmer sauces. Here are some flavors to inspire your winning recipes!


NEWS: Health & Environmental Impact Of Red Meat

In March, The Archives of Internal Medicine published a decade-long study on red meat’s impact on human health and the environment. 500,000 American men and women between the ages of 50 and 71 participated in the study. The unfortunate findings: Other things being equal, men and women who consumed the most red meat and processed meat (such as hot dogs) were likely to die sooner, especially from the two leading U.S. killers, heart disease and cancer, than people who consumed much smaller quantities of red meat.

The study concludes that people who condume a lot of red meat should replace some of that intake with fish and poultry, which contain less saturated fat. These diet changes could also help the environment, since livestock production contributes to soil erosion, global warming and water pollution.

One thing the report didn’t take into account, though, was organic, grass-fed beef versus factory-farmed. Organic, grass-fed beef has higher levels of vitamins, lower levels of saturated fats, and doesn’t have nearly the environmental impact as factory-farmed.

– If you’re a meat-lover through and through, read up on beef in our Beef Glossary.

– Or if you prefer alternatives, check out our Seafood Glossary.


FREEBIE: Workshop With Free Brownies

Learn to make the perfect brownie.

On Saturday, May 9, Sur La Table will take the mystery out of making a favorite indulgent treat: brownies. The dessert experts at your local Sur La Table will share the tips and techniques you need to make your best brownies  ever. The workshop is free, and there are no reservations required—simply stroll in for a quick lesson (or just a chocolatey bite to eat). Workshops begin at 11 a.m. Find your local Sur La Table to take part in the fun.

– Learn about the origins of the brownie.
– See our favorite gourmet brownie brands.

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CONTEST: Win a Trip to Italy

If you could travel to any city, any town, any coast or countryside in Italy, where would you go? How ever could you choose? Worry not, reader, and don’t wrack your brain. Barilla has devised an interactive online quiz to determine what region of Italy would be the perfect spot for your Italian getaway. And the ideal recommendation isn’t the only perk. Take the quiz and you’ll have a chance to win a trip to the destination that meets all your vacation wants and needs! Take the quiz.

And be sure to prepare for your trip with our Pasta Glossary.

Dine in Italy, on Barilla.



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