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Archive for July, 2009

GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Daddy Cakes Pancake & Waffle Mix

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Make a batch of pancakes in a delicious
“new” flavor with Daddy Cakes. Photo by
Corey Lugg | THE NIBBLE.

This week’s Gourmet Giveaway is a deluxe gift basket from Daddy Cakes Pancake & Waffle Mix, complete with everything needed to deck oneself out as a stylin’ pancake chef. The winner will get a:

  • Daddy Cakes chef’s toque
  • Daddy Cakes apron
  • Spatula
  • Complete set of Daddy Cakes mixes, in 9 flavors—Witty Whole Wheat, Vivacious Vanilla, Blueberry Bonanza Blast, Glamorous Gingerbread, Criminal Chocolate Chip and more.

Check out our review of this yummy line of “just add water” gourmet pancake and waffle mixes.

We’re also giving away the last of the Smucker’s healthy gift baskets.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Rosemary Shrimp

Love shrimp? Add beauty and flavor to grilled shrimp with this simple trick: Use fresh rosemary as your skewer. Look for large, woody rosemary bunches and soak the sprigs in water for 15 minutes prior to grilling, to prevent burning. Toss jumbo shrimp with olive oil; skewer 3 onto each sprig. Salt and pepper to taste. You can use a grilling pan or the outdoor grill, on medium hot. Grill until the shrimp are lightly curled, pink and opaque (approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side). Add a squeeze of fresh lime and serve. They’re so delicious, no sauce or condiment is required.

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PRODUCT: Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate Bars

If you regularly buy organic chocolate, you’ve probably tried Green & Black’s. If you’re not “experienced” with G&B’s, you’re in luck: The line is widely available at retail as well as online. The U.K.-based company was a pioneer in the organic chocolate space, the world’s first organic, Fair Trade chocolate company. It has helped the cacao farmers of Belize stay on their farms and do what they love—grow cacao—instead of taking city jobs to support their families. Green & Black’s has proved that a company can be committed to environmental sustainability and Fair Trade prices, and still make a tidy profit. In fact, Green & Black’s organic chocolate is the U.K.’s fastest-growing confectionary brand, which prompted corporate giant Cadbury Schweppes to purchase Green & Black’s, in which it had a small stake, in May 2005.

Most of Green & Black’s bars are flavored, with four notable exceptions: two darks, a milk and a white. What we like most about G&B’s bars is that the flavors are never coy on the palate; they’re strong and forthright, demanding your attention with every bite. Read the full review for more about Green & Black’s chocolate bars—available in 13 varieties.

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If you are a fan of dark chocolate, then you’ll fall in love with G&B’s 70% Dark Chocolate bar.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Rubbed the Right Way

If you’re invited to a barbecue, bring the hosts a gift sampler of different-flavored rubs. Even if they blend their own herbs and spices, they’re certain to discover something new…and invite you back soon!

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RECIPES: Grilled Pizzas

Looking for grill inspiration beyond burgers and brats? Beautiful, flavorful and fun, homemade pizzas offer a fresh twist on summer grilling. And don’t sweat it—with a few simple steps, grilled pizza can be done in a snap. Whether cooking for vegetarians or steak lovers, there are flavor options for every diet and palate. Here are four recipes, courtesy of McCormick, that help transform any patio into an al fresco pizzeria. Have a party and make all of them!

 

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Steak Lover’s Grilled Pizza.

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