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Archive for October, 2010

TIP OF THE DAY: Veggie Cocktail Garnish

Cocktail and a snack. Photo courtesy In A

Here’s a creative cocktail garnish idea: a “cocktail kebab.”

Instead of spearing one or two olives or cocktail onions, turn the skewer into a small bite.

For Bloody Marys, Martinis and other savory cocktails, you can use:

  • Pear (a.k.a. grape) tomatoes
  • Pickle chips, gherkins or sliced spears
  • Other pickled vegetables—carrots, cauliflower florets, sliced dilly beans (see our favorite pickled vegetables from Rick’s Picks and Tillen Farms)
  • Red or yellow bell pepper squares
  • Other favorite veggies: baby corn, pickled jalapeño, pickled okra (try Rick’s Picks fab Smokra, smoky pickled okra), water chestnuts
  • Cubes of cheese (or Mozzarella perlini), ham or turkey or a small shrimp


Look for 4.5-inch wood or bamboo skewers.

Find Bloody Mary recipes and other drinks in our Cocktails Section.

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RECIPES: Radicchio

We love the rich color that burgundy-and-white radicchio gives to a salad. But it can do so much more!

We’ve got recipes for Bruschetta With Radicchio di Treviso Tapenade, Mushroom Risotto In Radicchio Wrap, Radicchio Pizza and more.

Radicchio—Italian red-leaf chicory—is a healthy food: It’s very high in antioxidants and full of vitamins A and C and phosphorus (the latter needed for healthy bones and teeth, energy, mental alacrity and more).


Remember radicchio for your Christmas salad—the red leaves tossed with greens say “holidays.”

How ‘bout a radicchio pizza? Photo courtesy
Royal Rose Radicchio.

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GOURMET GIVEAWAY #2: Folgers Gift Basket

Wake up to coffee and coffee accessories
from Folgers! Photo courtesy Folgers.

What’s the best part of wakin’ up? To some, it’s Folgers coffee in their cup. Five lucky winners will have plenty of the popular coffee if they win this week’s Gourmet Giveaway. Folgers is giving away five of their Home for the Holidays gift baskets bursting with coffee and coffee accessories.

Each basket contains:

  • Folgers Classic Decaf – 11.3-ounce
  • Folgers Classic Roast – 11.3-ounce
  • Folgers Special Roast – 10.3-ounce ground coffee container
  • Folgers Black Silk – 10.3-ounce
  • Folgers Gourmet Selections: Vanilla Biscotti – 12-ounce
  • Folgers Gourmet Selections K-Cups Lively Colombian
  • Folgers Instant 8-ounce
  • Digital Ornament
  • Folgers Mug
  • Biscotti
  • Retail value of prize: Approximately $70.00.

  • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway: Go to the box at the bottom of our Gourmet Coffee Section and click to enter your email address for the prize drawing.
  • After entering our giveaway, head on over to between now and the end of November to enter their second-annual “Home for the Holidays” Contest, where five winners will receive a seven day, six night trip for four to travel back to their hometown.
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    GOURMET GIVEAWAY: “Think Pink” Silk Scarf

    Think pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and drink pink, too.

    Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé wine, which is supporting The Pink Agenda and its breast cancer awareness efforts to raise money for research, has sponsored three lovely prizes for NIBBLE readers: a special edition “Think Pink” 100% silk scarf.

    Created specifically for The Pink Agenda’s fundraising, this limited-edition scarf has a dotted pattern that represents the bubbles in the Sparkling Rose wine. Estimated value (the scarf is not available for retail purchase): $40.00.

    A startling 1 in 8 American women develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetimes. In 2010, an estimated 207,090 new cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. alone.

    That’s reason enough to want to do something—even something small. To this end, Martini & Rossi will match your $5 donations made through the end of October. You can donate most easily via Facebook. Or, look for more information and details in local wine and liquor stores where Martini Sparkling Rose is sold.

    Show your support with a small donation and
    a stylish pink silk scarf. Photo by Leah
    Hansen | The Nibble.

  • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway: Go to the box at the bottom of our Gourmet Wine Section and click to enter your email address for the prize drawing.
  • You and your friends can toast with Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rose for $13.99 per bottle. Visit for more information on Martini & Rossi products.
  • Learn more about The Pink Agenda.
  • See our pink gin cocktail recipes.
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    TIP OF THE DAY: Save The Shrimp Shells

    Turn your shrimp shells into another
    delicious dish.

    If you’ve purchased shell-on shrimp, you get more than delicious shrimp for your money.

    In Japan, the shells are battered and grilled as a crunchy appetizer. But that’s not what we’re suggesting—yet.

    The shrimp shells add lovely flavor to a variety of dishes:

    Make a simple shrimp stock by covering shrimp shells with water in a saucepan. Add a bay leaf and 6 peppercorns and simmer for 20 minutes. Reduce the stock for a more intense flavor.

    You can now use the stock for several purposes, including:

    • As a poaching liquid for mild white fish
    • To add shrimp flavor to a soup (substitute the stock for an equal amount of water in the recipe)
    • As a cooking liquid for rice and pasta (in seafood-based dishes)

    If you don’t want to make stock, you can add the whole shells to a soup or cooking water and strain them out. You can keep the shells in the freezer until you’re ready to use them. And you can do all of the above with lobster shells as well.

    Back to those Japanese grilled shrimp shells:

    You can grill the shells Japanese-style or oven-roast them. We found this suggestion from a Chowhound reader:

    Roast the shrimp shells in the oven at 350°F until pink. Add the roasted shells with some minced garlic to melted butter and make shrimp-flavored garlic toast.

    One friend tells us that the dog and cat fight over the shells, cooked or uncooked!


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