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Archive for February 16, 2010

CHERRY TIP OF THE DAY: “Instant” Cherry Cake With Dried Cherries


Turn your favorite cake into a cherry cake
with dried cherries. Photo by Melody Lan |

Turn your favorite cake recipe—chocolate cake, pound cake, even carrot cake—into a cherry cake, just by mixing a cup of dried cherries into the batter.

Or, stir 1/4 cup of died cherries into the filling or frosting.

Instead of making cherry cheesecake with a cherry topping, stir dried cherries into the batter.

Any way, you’ve got a new variation on a favorite recipe, with no more effort than measuring out the cherries.

While you’re at it, sprinkle some dried cherries atop the icing of other cakes and cupcakes. They make a pretty, tasty and healthy garnish. Montmorency (tart) cherries are among the highest-antioxidant foods.

Read our review of Chukar dried cherries: Dried Bing, Columbia River Tart (Montmorency) and Rainier Cherries. They’re certified kosher by KOF-K.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Go Nuts With Almonds

It’s National Almond Day. If you’ve been laying off the nuts because you think they’re not healthy, you need some facts:

Nuts are a good protein food. Yes, they have fats, but they’re largely unsaturated, heart-healthy fats. In 2003, the FDA approved the following claim for seven different types of nuts—almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, some pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts:

“Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.”

We snack on raw almonds (endorsed by nutritionists and physicians) every day, and love them. Buy raw and toasted almonds to see which you prefer. You can also season your snack with your favorite spices: garlic almonds, curry almonds, chipotle almonds, etc.



Almonds are heart healthy. Photo by Maria Li | SXC.

And on that healthy note, we’re not even going to mention the almond toffee, almond biscotti and other almond treats you could select to celebrate National Almond Day.

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GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Enter To Win The Entire Line Of Mrs. Dash


Add a dash of Mrs. Dash to any savory dish.
Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

What could you do with the entire line of Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blends? What couldn’t you do! And you might win the entire line, so read on.

Mrs. Dash sodium-free seasoning blends add great flavor to food the healthy way. Regardless of what you choose to prepare for lunch or dinner, there’s a Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blend to make it more flavorful. With 15 different varieties to choose from, you can cook up a month of meals using each blend only twice! (The line is certified OU kosher.)

Grab the Italian Medley to punch up your spaghetti and meatballs, shake some zest onto your bland chicken breasts with Lemon Pepper or reach for the Hamburger Grilling Blend to add some kick to your patties.

Because Mrs. Dash seasonings are salt-free, all-natural mixes of herbs and spices, they help limit salt intake. Since February is Heart Healthy Month, we’ll take a momentary break from writing about all the great foods you can eat to remind you that too much sodium in your diet can increase blood pressure, potentially leading to stroke and heart disease. Kids also need to cut the salt, before they develop bad eating habits.

So if you don’t already know Mrs. Dash, invite her to dinner! Seasoning blends include Caribbean Citrus, Extra Spicy, Fiesta Lime, Garlic & Herb, Italian Medley, Lemon Pepper, Onion & Herb, Original Blend, Southwest Chipotle, Table Blend and Tomato Basil Garlic, and the grilling blends; Chicken, Hamburger, Mesquite and Steak.

PRIZE: Mrs. Dash Salt-Free Seasoning Blends

  • All the seasoning needs of one person will be solved for the winner of the entire line of Mrs. Dash seasonings. Blends come in 15 flavors, including the four grilling blends, so you can use them for every meal. Approximate retail value: $46.00.
  • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway: Go to the box at the bottom of our Salt, Seasonings, Herbs & Spices Section and enter your email address.Learn more at


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