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Archive for February 25, 2010

PRODUCT: Beanitos Bean Chips

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Enjoy a healthy crunch. Photo by Hannah
Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

Perhaps you converted from potato chips to tortilla chips in the interest of better nutrition. And you went from fried chips to baked chips.

Now, you can go one step further with Beanitos—two flavors of bean chips with more protein, Omega 3s and fiber. And they’re low glycemic, which potato and corn chips can’t claim. Beanitos have a GI of 33 and a GL of 3.

The healthy new snack chips are made from beans and whole grain rice. They have all the crunch of corn chips and an intriguing, balanced flavor.

Beanitos, available in Black Bean and Pinto Bean & Flax, are delicious as a snack chip or served alongside light meals—salads, soup, sandwiches—or with dips.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Fine Cheddar

Americans tend to pair Cheddars with apples and grapes. That’s OK with supermarket Cheddars. But farmstead Cheddars—artisan Cheddars—are complex, full-flavored cheeses that go well with a wide range of accompaniments.

  • Try figs and dates or mostarda—glazed fruits in a mustard sauce.
  • In summer months, Cheddar with a sliced vine-ripened tomato (sprinkled with sea salt), celery stalks and crusty bread make a delicious light lunch.
  • Or, combine Cheddar with prosciutto, fruit chutney and fennel sticks, along with crusty farmhouse bread or raisin bread.
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    What to drink? Try Cheddar with an India Pale Ale (lots of hops complement the flavor) or a Ruby Port.

    Some of our favorite farmhouse Cheddars:

  • Beehive Cheese Company, in Utah, makes Barely Buzzed Cheddar rubbed with ground coffee beans. This award winner is dynamite for coffee lovers.
  • California’s Fiscalini Farmstead makes a Bandage Wrapped Cheddar that has racked up awards since its inception. The company also combines Cheddar and Parmesan in its San Joaquin Gold.
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    CHEDDAR FOR DESSERT

     

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    Fiscalini Farmstead’s Bandage-Wrapped Cheddar. Photo by Brian Van Sise | THE NIBBLE.

     
    Cheddar with fruits and nuts has long been popular. A wedge of cheddar has long been popular with apple pie.

    But how about some Cheddar ice cream—great with apple pie? It’s terrific!
     
    TAKE A LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF CHEDDAR CHEESE.

      

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