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Archive for July 25, 2011

TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Sheer Bliss Pomegranate Ice Cream

Luscious, creamy pomegranate ice cream
from Sheer Bliss. Photo by Victoria P.
| Fotolia.

 

It’s the last week of International Ice Cream Month. We’re celebrating big time with pomegranate ice cream from Sheer Bliss.

Sheer Bliss is the mother lode of pomegranate ice cream, a flavor that’s lush and sweet with a hint of tartness on the finish. The company’s offerings seem like the ice cream equivalent of Bubba Gump’s:

  • Pomegranate Ice Cream
  • Pomegranate Ice Cream With Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Vanilla Ice Cream With Pomegranate Swirl
  • Freedom Ice Cream: a red, white and blue treat of vanilla ice cream with pomegranate and blueberry swirls
  • Chocolate-Covered Pomegranate Ice Cream Bars
  • Chocolate-Covered Pomegranate BlissBites, ice cream bonbons
  • Blisswich Ice Cream Sandwiches are coming soon
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    The line is certified kosher by KOF-K.

    Read the full review to see why Sheer Bliss sells its ice cream in metal cans.

    Find more of our favorite ice cream brands.

     

      

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    NEWS: Americans Making Better-For-You Food Choices At Restaurants

    We met our brother for lunch this weekend at California Pizza Kitchen.

    As we both ordered from what we considered to be the “better-for-you” salad menu, Brother, an attorney, looked at the small print.

    “Yikes,” he said, “My Cobb Salad has 941 calories. I thought salads were supposed to be low-calorie!”

    Well, er, not when topped with blue cheese, bacon, avocado and 1/4 cup of dressing (which is 400 calories in and of itself).

    But we are still perplexed as to how our Thai Crunch Salad added up to 1089 calories. It had lots of Napa and red cabbage, carrots, cilantro, cucumbers and scallions, with perhaps two ounces of grilled chicken and modest accents of edamame, wontons, rice sticks and peanuts. The lime-cilantro dressing was minimal.

    It seems that if we wanted to count calories, we should have gotten half portions. But we left full of fiber and protein, and grateful that we hadn’t ordered the BBQ Chicken Pizza.

    This morning, we read a Food Channel Trendwire email which announced:

     

    At 550 calories, a better-for-you entrée.
    Photo courtesy Applebee’s.

     

    Restaurant Diners Actually Starting to Make Healthier Choices

    The article led with the bad news: A report issued earlier this month by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed that the national obesity epidemic continues to worsen. Only one state showed an obesity rate below 20% (and just barely): Colorado at 19.8%. Twelve states have obesity rates over 30%. Mississippi was number one at 34.4%. Seven states have seen their rates double in the past 20 years.

    But there is some good news: This year, a number of leading restaurant chains are finding significant growth in the better-for-you menu options.

  • Applebee’s. For the first time in the restaurant’s history, the top selling entrée on the menu came from the under-550 calorie menu: Signature Sirloin with Garlic Herb Sauce. Applebee’s president, Mike Archer, remarked, “I’ve been in the restaurant business for 30 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this. We’re seeing a sea change in consumer behavior.”
  • IHOP. The pancake powerhouse reports that its Simple & Fit menu, offering a range of under-600 calorie choices, now accounts for 8% of entrées sold. At 330 calories, the Spinach, Mushroom and Tomato Omelet is now a best seller.
  • Friendly’s. Four of its under-550 calorie limited time offers have sold so well that they’ve been moved to the permanent menu this summer.
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    Of course, the reports don’t count any beverages, bread, appetizers and desserts, but America is finally off to a good start.

      

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    RECIPE: Watermelon Tequila Fizz Cocktail

    Mix watermelon with tequila for a water-
    melon fizz. Photo courtesy Inocente Tequila.

     

    We love watermelon cocktails—they’re a great way to take advantage of watermelon season. Here’s a recipe that was part of our National Tequila Day celebration yesterday.

    The recipe for a Watermelon Fizz was created by Keith Dusko, mixologist at Haru Sushi, which has restaurants in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia.

    A fizz is a cocktail or soft drink with soda water (club soda), which creates the fizz.

    RECIPE: WATERMELON TEQUILA FIZZ

    Ingredients For One Drink

  • 3 ounces fresh watermelon, de-seeded and cut into small cubes
  • 5 cilantro leaves, torn in halves
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 ounce blanco (silver) tequila
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce soda water
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Garnish: Watermelon triangle on a bamboo or cocktail skewer
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    Preparation
    1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle watermelon with cilantro.
    2. Add simple syrup, tequila and ice. Shake vigorously, and pour all contents into a rocks glass.
    3. Garnish with a piece of watermelon on a bamboo spike.

    Variation
    For an alcohol-free drink, substitute Sundia watermelon juice (or purée de-seeded watermelon cubes).

    MORE WATERMELON COCKTAILS
    Watermelon & Basil “Tequila Martini”
    Watermelon & Gin “Electrolyte” Cocktail
    Watermelon Gin Martini
    Watermelon Martini & Five More Watermelon Cocktails

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: 15 Things To Do With Chocolate Sauce

    You know that the same delectable chocolate sauce (fudge sauce) that tops ice cream and profiteroles can also be used on a brownie or waffle.

    But how about using it:

  • As a dip for pretzels and potato chips?
  • As a fondue for strawberries, apple slices, other fruits and marshmallows?
  • To turn hot coffee into hot mocha?
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    See all 15 of our suggestions for ways to use chocolate sauce.

    How many different types of dessert sauce can you name?

    See them in our Dessert Sauce Glossary.

    Check out our favorite dessert sauces.

     

    Our favorite white chocolate sauce from
    Somebody’s Mother’s. Photo by Corey Lugg | THE NIBBLE.

     

      

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