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Archive for August, 2010

DISCOUNT: Annual Sale At Godiva

Almost everything at Godiva is now on sale, at up to 40%, through September 6th. You can visit a Godiva Boutique or shop online at Godiva.com.

Almost 30 items are on sale, including:

  • Godiva Mixed Chocolate Assortments
  • Ice Cream Parlor Truffles and Bars (we enjoyed these truffles and chocolate bars inspired by traditional ice cream parlor flavors such as Mint Chocolate Chip, Pecan Sundae, Neapolitan, Hazelnut and Oranges and Creme)
  • Godiva’s Signature Biscuits (another favorite—cookies topped with chocolate bars, a gourmet version of the Le Petit L’Ecolier cookie)
  • Chocolate-covered fruit, nuts and snacks

 

For a “protein snack,“ there are chocolate-covered cashews. If you’re on a diet or cutting back on sugar, there’s Godiva coffee.

Save 25% on chocolate dessert cups. Fill
with your favorite pudding, mousse, ice
cream or fruit. Photo courtesy Godiva.

If you’re going to a Labor Day party or other event or want to have a “Happy School Year” celebration for family and friends, stock up and save.

Find more of our favorite chocolate—and learn all about chocolate—in our Gourmet Chocolate Section.

 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Red Caviar Bagel

Try salmon caviar instead of lox on a bagel.
It’s available at specialty food stores or
online at Amazon.com.

It’s a no-brainer to put smoked salmon on a bagel. But how about salmon caviar?

For a special-occasion bagel, serve the bagel with affordable salmon caviar:

  • Add a layer of crème fraîche instead of cream cheese to a sliced bagel (we like it toasted).
  • Top with salmon caviar, or a combination of smoked salmon and salmon caviar.
  • Garnish with some snipped chives.

 

Serve with Russian-style tea: black tea brewed strong with lemon (no milk—that’s British-style). A glass of Champagne or other sparkling wine would do equally well.

Find more caviar ideas in our Caviar Section.

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BOOK: The Divvies Bakery Cookbook

More than 12 million Americans have food allergies, and more than 30 million are lactose intolerant.

The bakery Divvies—the name evokes divvying up the goodies—was founded when Lori Sandler learned that her young son had several allergies. She wanted to make baked goods and candy that the entire family and friends would enjoy.

Divvies bakery was born, turning out sweets made without peanuts, tree nuts, eggs or milk (they are not wheat-free). Despite the absence of these key baking ingredients, the treats are delicious. They were a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

The fame of Divvies has grown, and now there’s The Divvies Bakery Cookbook: No Nuts. No Eggs. No Dairy. Just Delicious! (A quote from THE NIBBLE’s review is on the book jacket.)

The book is divided into occasions for serving baked goods: At home, at school, on the road and parties.

The Divvies Cookbook has more than 130
pages of allergy-free recipes.

There are plenty of tips and information, including an extensive list of ingredients that can be used for allergy-free cooking in general.

So, jump into Divvies’ blondies, brownies, carrot cake with “cream cheese” frosting, chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, cinnamon buns, layer cake, muffins and fun specialties such as wafflewiches. Everyone will beat a path to your kitchen door.

 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Cooking With Tea

Flavor foods with Earl Grey and other
teas. Photo courtesy Mighty Leaf Tea.

Pasta and rice can be elegantly flavored with tea, just by adding a tea bag or a tea ball of loose tea to the water.

Tea is an herb, after all.

  • Lapsang souchong adds a wonderful smoky taste.
  • Earl Grey gives a subtle taste of bergamot.
  • Fruit tea bags add fruity taste (try pomegranate).There are at least a dozen cookbooks that focus on cooking with tea. Take a look at Tea Cuisine: A New Approach to Flavoring Contemporary and Traditional Dishes.

    Experiment to see what you like. We’re huge fans of smoky lapsang souchong, which is also one of our favorite drinking teas and the tea used in Chinese tea-smoked duck.

  • Learn all about tea in our Gourmet Tea Section.

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PRODUCT: Novelty Food Soap

How cute are these “Soapsicles?”

Love Lee Soaps are a food-lover’s soap paradise. Soaps imitate bacon and eggs, candy corn, chocolates, cinnamon rolls, gummi bears, ice cream cones, jelly beans, macaroons, muffins, pickles, popcorn, red licorice and more.

Made with moisturizing glycerin and shea butter, they will keep your skin soft—if you can force yourself to use them as soap instead of art.

Love Lee is Leanna “Lee” Kalka, who lives in Daytona Beach, Florida. She is one talented soap artisan! Buy her soaps at Etsy.com.

Don’t take a bite—it’s soap! Photo
courtesy Leanna Kalka.

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