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Archive for August 24, 2009

GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Diane’s Sweet Heat Habanero Jam

Lovers of heat and sweet: This week’s Gourmet Giveaway prize comes from Diane’s Sweet Heat—and the winner will be able to have quite a jam session. A NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week, these jams have a wonderful texture, thanks to the crisp bell peppers chopped into them; fresh fruit flavor, from ripe California fruit; and habanero heat that is just right without being searing (you feel the heat, but it doesn’t take out your taste buds). The six flavors include Blackberry, Blueberry, Mango, Peach, Raspberry and Strawberry. The experience is fruity, hot and exciting!

The winner will get six jars—one of each flavor or in whatever assortment he or she would like. The jams can be enjoyed on toast, crackers (with or without cream cheese), hors d’oeuvres, pancakes, sandwiches, as a condiment with meats—even on ice cream!

  • To enter this Gourmet Giveaway, see THE NIBBLE’s Jams & Jellies Section and click on the link at the bottom of the page to enter your email address for the Gourmet Giveaway prize drawing.
  • Check out our review of Diane’s Sweet Heat.
  • What’s the difference between habanero and all the other chiles? See our Chile Glossary.

Yes, we know these are jalapeño chiles, not
habaneros, but the stores were out of habaneros the day of the photo shoot! Photo by Corey


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PRODUCT: WowBacon Microwave Bacon Cooker


Crisp bacon emerges from the microwave.
Pour off the fat at the bottom of the cup.

Here’s a “green” approach to cooking bacon—and a less messy one, too. WowBacon microwave bacon cooker cooks crisp bacon in the microwave, without the greasy, spattering stovetop mess or the need to drain the bacon on paper towels.

How’s that green?

Based on National Pork Council Data, Americans buy 500 million pounds of bacon a year to cook at home, and use 3 billion paper towels to drain it on and clean up the bacon grease. Put end to end, the towels would wrap around the world 20 times.

The NPC did not provide an estimate of how many trees were felled to make the paper towels, but you can guess that it’s more than a few. With WowBacon, the fat drips to the bottom of the cup so the bacon doesn’t lie in the grease; the bacon holder lifts up and you dispose of the fat at the bottom of the cup.

You can pick up a WowBacon unit at or on

Think ahead: It could be the solution to your holiday gift challenges.

Love bacon? Try Skillet Bacon Spread or make your own with our recipe.


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TIP OF THE DAY: Double Fruit Dessert

It’s easy to create a special dessert in minutes. Sauté seasonal fruit (now, stone fruit like peaches, plums and nectarines; in the fall, apples, pears and quince) in unsalted butter until soft; then place in a shallow bowl. In a small saucepan or microwave, heat a cup of your favorite jam or jelly (not preserves), splash with a tablespoon of rum or brandy and pour over the fruit. It’s easy enough to make every day, and special enough for company. The better the jam, the better the sauce—less expensive jams are mostly sugar. You can garnish with whipped cream and/or serve with a shortbread cookie.

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