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Archive for 2009

TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: The Best Of 2009 ~ Part 1, Savory Foods

As is our tradition, the Top Picks of the last two weeks of the year present the best products we’ve tried during the year—everyday specialty food products that can make every day special.

This week, in Part I of “The Best Of 2009,” we present in alphabetical order our favorite savory foods and beverages.

You can click to the original reviews via the links links below, or read our “Best Gourmet & Specialty Foods of 2009” full review to learn why these have become permanent additions to our home pantry (and to THE NIBBLE kitchen as well).

  • Ayala’s Herbal Water (Kosher, Organic)
  • Golden Star Sparkling Tea
  • Field Roast Grain Meat (Vegan)
  • Fusion Flavored Sea Salt
  • Marvelous Mayonnaise: Baconaise & Spicy Lemonaise (Kosher)



    Fusion flavored sea salts put a new spin on fries, roast chicken, salad, Margaritas or anything sprinkled with salt. We try a different flavor each time—from hot Habanero to Aged Balsamic. Photo © Idaho Potato Commission.



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    RECIPE: Cranberry Tequila Cocktail


    Deck the halls with Cranberry Tequila
    Cocktails. Photo courtesy Don Julio.

    If you’re looking for a cocktail to spread some holiday cheer, look no further than this festive cranberry tequila cocktail.

    The recipe, courtesy of Brian Van Flandern, Tequila Don Julio Global Brand Ambassador, is made with a clove-infused agave nectar.

    Not familiar with agave nectar? Find out more about this low-glycemic sweetener, much better for you than sugar.

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Christmas Cookie Tree

    Use a small artificial Christmas tree to create a “dessert tree” centerpiece. Hang edible ornament cookies, fudge, petit fours, mint patties and other treats.

    The easiest technique is to tie cellophane-wrapped treats with ribbon and hang them on the tree with ornament hooks.

    But it makes an even prettier presentation if you cut pliable pieces of clear plastic from the craft store, punch holes for the hooks, and “glue” the treats to them with a paste of confectioners sugar.


    Salted ginger crisps. The recipe is in the
    2008 cookie collection. Photo courtesy
    Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

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    Gourmet Giveaway: Nancy’s Frozen Hors d’Oeuvres & Desserts


    Spinach Feta Stars are irresistible. Photo
    courtesy of Nancy’s.

    With the holidays upon us, Nancy’s is the quick, simple, go-to source for delicious hors d’oeuvres.

    From soufflés and quiches to deli spirals and mushroom turnovers, Nancy’s wide variety of hors d’oeuvres and desserts makes sure there’s something for every taste bud.

    New this season are the 12-count Spinach Feta Star hors d’oeuvres (shown in the photo), Petite Chocolate Tarts and Petite Pecan Tarts.

    Not only are Nancy’s frozen hors d’oeuvres delicious delicious (we loved nibbling on them at THE NIBBLE), but they couldn’t be easier to prepare. Some are heated in the oven for five minutes while others just need some time out of the freezer to thaw out before they’re ready to serve.

    The only bummer is that these wonderful party foods are only available from October through January each year. But the good news is, you can stock up the freezer now!

    • One winner will receive six coupons redeemable for six Nancy’s products of his or her choice, available in supermarkets nationwide. Approximate Retail Value: $30.00.
    • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway: Go to the box at the bottom of our Hors d’Oeuvres & Cocktail Snacks page and enter your email address for the prize drawing.


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    CONTEST: Design A Wine Bag & Win A Trip To Las Vegas

    Is wine your bag?

    Design the winning wine tote and you could be headed to Las Vegas and a $2,000.00 shopping spree.

    Enter George duBoeuf’s Fashion your Bag contest, download the bag template and start designing. All the information you need is on the website.

    There’s only one catch:

    You’ve got to upload your design online by 11:59:59 a.m. ET on 12/31/09, or mail it in to be received by January 7, 2010.

    Perhaps you can make it a group activity with your more create family members, after all the Christmas gifts are open.


    Can you design a better wine tote? If so,
    enter the contest!

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