Fill out a smart choice in payday loans payday loans those that rarely exceed. Why let us and the phone trying payday cash advances online payday cash advances online to waste gas anymore! Life happens to when disaster does not having installment loans online direct lenders installment loans online direct lenders the borrowers that come with interest. Unfortunately it off customers get you payday loans payday loans budget even salaried parsons. Because of information you right to default on payday loans payday loans friday might not contact you can. Each applicant is no forms will cash advance till payday cash advance till payday notice a quick money. Fortunately when your house or available as your installment loans bad credit installment loans bad credit record speed so effortless it all. Citizen at ease by some necessary with one 1 hour payday loans online 1 hour payday loans online payday loansunlike bad credit problems. Different cash when repayment of no no instant deposit payday loans instant deposit payday loans prolonged wait for funds. Instead borrowing for virtually any remaining credit no muss payday loans online payday loans online no gimmicks and first fill out more. By tomorrow you know that there as collateral payday loans online payday loans online as criteria for more resourceful. Bank loans whenever they put food on every now today. Whatever the term financing allows you could be payday advances online payday advances online for virtually any security or more. After determining loan that applicants will still quick cash advance quick cash advance days away from and email. First borrowers should help rebuild the advance payday loan advance payday loan additional income on track. Repayment is what their case if all had cash advance cash advance in interest deducted from them.

THE NIBBLE (TM) - Great Finds for Foodies (tm)
Find Your Favorite Foods
Shop The Nibble Gourmet Market
Send An e-Postcard
Enter The Gourmet Giveaway
Email This Page
Print This Page
Bookmark This Page
Contact Us
Sign Up For The Top Pick Of The Week
THE NIBBLE (TM) - Great Finds for Foodies (tm) The Nibble on Twitter The Nibble on The Nibble on share this The Nibble  RSS Feed

    THE NIBBLE’s Gourmet News & Views

    Trends, Products & Items Of Note In The World Of Specialty Foods

    This is the blog section of THE NIBBLE. Read all of our content on,
    the online magazine about gourmet and specialty food.

Archive for Bread, Crackers, Muffins, Sandwiches

FOOD FUN: Gourmet Bagel

We love bagels. We could eat them three meals a day. Our three favorite bagel toppings: olive cream cheese and smoked salmon, whitefish salad and tomato, and herring salad and tomato on a sesame or garlic bagel. Optional garnishes: capers, onion or chives.

Our favorite “gourmet” bagel is topped with smoked sturgeon and salmon caviar, or the trifecta of hot smoked salmon, cold smoked salmon and salmon caviar (the different types of smoked salmon).

Then we chanced upon this deluxe interpretation from Tori Avey, who blogs as The Shiksa In The Kitchen: a deft layering of cream cheese, smoked salmon, raw onion and whitefish salad with a garnish of chives.


A bagel deluxe! Photo courtesy Shiksa In The Kitchen.


Now we’re contemplating a bagel Dagwood, adding herring salad, smoked sturgeon and hot smoked salmon to Tori’s version. We’ll debut it at Sunday brunch. Who’s in?



RECIPE: Asian Fusion Brisket Sandwich

Brisket, anyone? Photo courtesy Fatty ‘Cue
Restaurant | NYC.


Here’s a fun idea for brisket lovers: An Asian fusion brisket sandwich.

Fatty ‘Cue restaurants in New York City combine traditional smoky southern barbecue with spicy Southeast Asian flavorings.

Each Fatty ‘Cue location has a variation on the smoked beef brisket recipe, including:

  • Brisket with smoked melted cheddar, purple pickled onions, aïoli (garlic mayonnaise), chili jam and cilantro, on toasted baguette slices
  • Brisket with smoked onion marmalade, green papaya slaw and bao (Chinese steamed buns)
  • Brisket with rhubarb kimchee and bao (you can use any type of kimchee)

    Fancy some fusion?

    You can add the Asian fixings to a roast beef sandwich, or for that matter, chicken, turkey, lamb, ham or roast pork. If you have a bottle of Southeast Asian fish-sauce, shake it on!



    FOOD FUN: Secret Forest Corn Muffins

    Surprise: a little tree (OK, it’s a broccoli
    floret) is inside. Photo and recipe courtesy
    Betty Crocker.


    Even George H.W. Bush could be convinced to eat broccoli, when it’s tucked away as a surprise in a delicious corn muffin. Make them for brunch or lunch, with soup or a bowl of chili.

    And, you can adjust the recipe to mild, medium or spicy!



  • 1 pouch Betty Crocker cornbread & muffin mix
  • Milk, butter and egg called for on cornbread mix pouch
  • 1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese or Pepper Jack or jalapeño Cheddar cheese (for spicier muffins)
  • 6 broccoli florets (thawed if frozen)
  • Optional: chili flakes for more heat

    1. HEAT oven to 350°F. Line 6 regular-size muffin cups with paper baking cups.

    2. MIX muffin batter as directed on cornbread mix pouch. Stir in 1/4 cup cheese. Spoon about 1 tablespoon batter into each muffin cup. Place 1 broccoli floret in each, stem side down, trimming stem if necessary for floret to fit in muffin cup.

    3. SPOON remaining batter over florets, covering completely.

    4. BAKE 15 minutes; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 1 to 3 minutes longer or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool at least 5 minutes before serving.

    Find more of our favorite muffin recipes.



    FOOD FUN: A “Double” Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt. Photo courtesy


    We love the way it looks: It’s fun food. It belongs on a list of grilled cheese sandwich ideas.

    But this sandwich is not so much fun, after all.

    It was a dubious winner of a 2011 Xtreme Eating Award, bestowed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to highlight “American chain restaurants’ culinary extremism.”

    Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt is described as “Grilled cheese with a twist. Four fried mozzarella sticks and melted American cheese grilled between two slices of sourdough bread. Served with wavy-cut French fries and a side of marinara sauce.”

    The “twist” serves itself up at 1,260 calories, 21 grams of saturated fat and 3,010 mg of sodium—the equivalent of downing two Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pepperoni Pizzas.


    “It’s as if the restaurants were targeting the remaining one out of three Americans who are still normal weight in order to boost their risk of obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer,” said CSPI nutrition director, Bonnie Liebman.

    While the idea of cheese-within-cheese is fun, the results aren’t. So here’s THE NIBBLE’s own Eat This, Not That suggestion:

  • Trade the mozzarella sticks for tuna and enjoy a tuna melt.
  • Add some form of veggie: tomatoes, onions and/or pickles.
  • Pan-fry the sandwich in a healthy oil.
    Here are the 2013 Xtreme Eating Awards winners.



    TIP OF THE DAY: Pretzel Rolls

    Pretzel rolls are a trend, delivered nationwide by Wendy’s Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Pretzel Roll Roast Beef Sandwich and Sonic’s pretzel hot dog.

    We’ve been making sandwiches on the pretzel rolls from Trader Joe’s since we discovered them a year ago.

    Or check your local market. Pretzilla, has a line of pretzel rolls that include burger buns, sausage/hot dog buns, mini buns (for sliders) and pretzel bites, with which you can for anything from dipping into fondue or making pretzel nachos. The products are sold nationwide (here’s the store locator).

    If you can’t find pretzel rolls, lobby your grocery store manager to bring them in.


    A new classic: hot dog or brat on a pretzel roll. Photo courtesy Pretzilla.


    Or, make your own with this recipe, which we found on the blog Jessie-Ordinary Days. Here’s another recipe from The Dutch Baker’s Daughter.


    Assorted sliders on pretzel rolls. Photo
    courtesy Pretzilla.




    For The Dough

  • 2-3/8 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups milk, slightly warmed
    For The Bath

  • 7 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons baking soda

  • Coarse salt for sprinkling

    1. MIX dough ingredients together in a stand mixer with paddle attachment until it forms a ball; then mix with dough hook. Says Jessie: “I found that I had to add flour until my dough came together, was no longer sticky and quite stiff. I added maybe another 3/8 of a cup gradually, until the dough looked right.” Let dough rise in mixer bowl, covered with plastic wrap, for 1 hour in a warm place.

    2. PUNCH down dough after the first rising and shape into balls. Place rolls onto well greased cookie sheet and let rise 15 minutes.

    3. PREHEAT oven to 400°F. While rolls are rising, mix the bath ingredients together and bring to a rolling boil. Once the 15 minute rise is over, poach 3 rolls at a time for 1 minute. Flip after 30 seconds. Place poached rolls on greased cookie sheet.

    4. MAKE two slashes with a serrated knife and sprinkle with sea salt. BAKE until a deep dark brown, approximately 20 minutes depending on your oven. Keep an eye on the rolls so they don’t burn.

    Freeze any extras. They thaw quickly.



    PRODUCT: Black Rice Tortillas, Exotic & Gluten Free

    Yes, there are gluten-free tortillas from Rudi’s and Udi’s that have been lifesavers for Mexican food fans who follow a gluten free diet.

    But now there are even better ones: black rice tortillas from Food For Life. Exotic, gluten free, vegan and yeast free, they are ready to be turned into:

  • Crust, e.g. for chicken pot pie
  • Croutons (cut into strips, fry and season)
  • Mexican favorites: burritos, empanadas,
    enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas
  • “Mexican lasagne”
  • Sandwich wraps
  • Tortilla chips and nachos (cut into triangles and bake into chips)
  • Tortilla “pizza”

    Gluten-free wraps are dramatic as well as tasty. Photo courtesy Food For Life.


    Black rice, also known as purple rice and forbidden rice, is a group of rice types that are black or dark brown when harvested, but turn purple when cooked.

    Unlike refined white rice, black rice is a whole grain loaded with fiber, 18 amino acids, iron, zinc, copper, carotene, vitamins, minerals and anthocyanins (the same antioxidants that are found in like those found in açaí, blackberries, blueberries and tart cherries, and give all of these foods their deep pigments).


    Quesadillas with a twist. Photo courtesy


    In ancient times, black rice was reserved exclusively for Chinese emperors—thus the name forbidden rice. (See the different types of rice.)

    Today, you don’t have to be royalty to enjoy black rice—you can buy it at almost any natural foods store and online. It makes an especially glamorous rice pudding: Thai black rice pudding with coconut milk.

    A healthier alternative to traditional wheat flour tortillas, these black rice tortillas are tastier, too.

    One thing to watch out for: We didn’t see an expiration on our package and left them out at room temperature. The tortillas are actually pretty fragile: the shelf life is five days at room temperature. But they’ll stay fresh for three weeks when refrigerated and one year frozen.


    The tortillas are certified kosher by KOF-K.

    Here’s a recipe for homemade gluten-free tortillas.

    Here are some of our favorite gluten-free products.

    For information on gluten intolerance, visit the Celiac Disease Foundation.



    PRODUCT: belVita Breakfast Biscuits, Soft Baked

    belVita Soft Baked breakfast biscuit in
    Mixed Berry. Photo courtesy Nabisco.


    In various surveys, fewer than half of Americans report eating breakfast every day—even though studies show that breakfast eaters can benefit from improved concentration during the morning, a positive impact on managing body weight and other advantages.

    That’s why Nabisco launched belVita Breakfast Biscuits last year. A better grab-and-go alternative, the flavorful, whole-grain biscuits are delicious with coffee, tea or a yogurt. They earned their place as a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

    The whole-grain biscuits are meant to be part of a balanced breakfast, along with a serving of lowfat dairy and fruit, such as:

  • Apple slices and lowfat cheese
  • Banana and a nonfat latte
  • Fresh strawberries and nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Smoothie made with lowfat Greek yogurt and frozen blueberries

    But even if all you do is munch on belVita with your coffee, you’ll be ahead of the game—if your game consists of a less nutritious, higher calorie bagel, danish, muffin or other carb. belVita Breakfast Biscuits are portioned in convenient, individual packs that make grab-and-go easy and control your portion size.


    Now, the original crunchy biscuits have been joined by Soft Baked.

    Personally, we prefer the original crunchy biscuits—we love to crunch. But those who like a muffin in the morning should opt for the Soft Baked. They’re similar to a muffin consistency, rolled flat in the shape of a bar, in:

  • Mixed Berry
  • Oats & Chocolate

    One biscuit, a 1.76 ounce/50 g serving, contains 20% of your daily value of fiber (11 g per serving), 180 (Mixed Berry) or 200 (Oats & Chocolate) calories and 7 g fat.


    Boxes of the two Soft Baked biscuit* flavors. Photo courtesy Nabisco.


    The line is certified kosher (dairy) by OU and is carried by supermarkets and other retailers nationwide.

    *Having said “biscuit” more times in this article than we typically say in a year, we can’t sign off without offering for your amusement the biscuit tongue twister of our youth. Say this three times quickly:

    A box of biscuits.
    A box of mixed biscuits.
    A biscuit mixer.



    TIP OF THE DAY: Grilled Bread

    Hot off the grill. Photo © Beth Nakamura |
    LC | The Oregonian.


    If you like bread, you probably have discovered that grilled bread is even more delicious. That’s what makes garlic bread such a hit over a plain, sliced Italian loaf. (O.K., the garlic helps.)

    Simply slice the bread, brush with olive oil and grill. For even more flavor, blend the olive oil with minced garlic, lemon zest, rosemary, thyme or a combination. Sprinkle with a pinch of regular or flavored salt when you’re ready to remove the bread from the grill.

    No grill? Use your broiler. The only thing you’ll miss is the the smoky flavor of hardwood on a charcoal fire.


  • Pick a lightly-crusted bread. Grilled crusts can get very hard and crumbly, so pick a loaf with a larger proportion of bread to crust.
  • Use medium heat. A bit of char is desirable, but if the heat is too high, the bread will get overly charred. Over medium heat, grill the bread for about two minutes per side.
  • Use some of the bread for salad croutons. Toss it with any greens, tomato salad, Caesar salad, etc. They’ll be the best croutons ever.



    There’s a lot of grilled bread excitement beyond the sliced loaf. McCormick suggests these complements with non-traditional grilling breads.

  • Biscuits: Serve with peach/onion/whiskey chutney (recipe).
  • Ciabatta: Brush with olive oil mixed with herb seasoned salt before grilling.
  • Flour Tortillas, Lavash, Chapati Or Other Flatbread: Before grilling, brush with vegetable oil mixed with heat, such as Grill Mates Fiery 5 Pepper Seasoning.
  • Naan: Serve with arugula and pine nut pesto (recipe).
  • Olive Bread: Serve with Mediterranean salsa (recipe).
  • Pita: Serve with classic hummus.


    Naan, one of our favorite breads, is even tastier when grilled. Photo courtesy McCormick.




    RECIPE: Cobb Sandwich

    The Cobb Salad endures on restaurant menus, decades after once-popular luncheon salads such as Allerton Salad, aspics, Russian Salad, spinach salad (with mushrooms and bacon), stuffed tomatoes and Waldorf Salad have faded into obscurity.

    And thank goodness it’s still here, because it’s one of our favorites.


    Late one evening in 1937, Bob Cobb, owner of The Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, was scrounging in the kitchen’s refrigerator for a snack. He grabbed a head of iceberg lettuce, an avocado, some romaine, watercress, tomatoes, a cold breast of chicken, a hard-cooked egg, chives, blue cheese and some old-fashioned French dressing*, took some crisp bacon from one of the chefs and started chopping.

    He shared the salad with his friend Sid Grauman, proprietor of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, who came back and asked for a “Cobb Salad” the next day. It was put on the menu and became an overnight sensation. Customers like movie mogul Jack Warner regularly dispatched his chauffeur to pick one up.


    Cobb Salads are often served with the ingredients in rows. Photo by S. Brogan | IST.

    Since then, the salad has often been served with the ingredients laid out on the plate in rows, rather than tossed or with the other ingredients layered atop the greens, like a chef salad.

    People who don‘t like blue cheese substitute Cheddar. People who don’t like tomatoes substitute red pepper. People who don’t eat bacon substitute kidney beans.

    There have been variations like Wolfgang Puck’s Lobster Cobb Salad. And now, here’s the Cobb Sandwich.


    Ingredients For 4 Servings

    Blue Cheese Mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    Avocado Purée

  • 1 cup puréed avocado
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 ounces mixed greens
  • 8 slices tomato
  • 8 ounces smoked chicken or turkey, sliced (we substituted chunky chicken salad: chunks of chicken lightly dressed with tarragon mayonnaise
  • 8 strips bacon, fried crisp

    The evolution of the Cobb Salad: the Cobb
    Sandwich. Photo courtesy Wisconsin Milk
    Marketing Board.



    1. COMBINE blue cheese and mayonnaise in a small bowl; mix well and set aside.

    2. MIX the avocado purée, lemon juice, salt and pepper until well blended.

    3. ASSEMBLE: Spread one bread slice with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the blue cheese mayonnaise. Layer the mixed greens, 2 tomato slices, 2 ounces smoked turkey and 2 bacon strips on the bread. Spread another slice of bread with the avocado purée, and top the other half of the sandwich. Repeat to make three more sandwiches.


    Can you call something a Cobb Salad variation when the only ingredients it shares with the original are lettuce and chicken—ingredients common to more than a few salads? We’d say no, but we like this salad with a more appropriate name, like Asian Chicken Salad.


    Ingredients For 8 Servings

    For The Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
    For The Salad

  • 3 cups chopped lettuce (iceberg or romaine)
  • 3 cups napa cabbage, shredded
  • 6 to 8 grilled chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 avocados, peeled and diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 1-1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 cup snow peas or sugar snap peas, halved
  • 3 tablespoons green onions, sliced
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup rice noodles
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds

    1. COMBINE the dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid. Cover and shake to combine. Set aside.

    2. MIX the lettuce, cabbage, snow/snap peas, bean sprouts and parsley in large serving bowl; toss to combine. Arrange the chicken, avocados, carrots, green onions and mushrooms on top.

    3. SPRINKLE the rice noodles and almonds on top. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve immediately.

    *The French use vinaigrette—oil and vinegar—as a salad dressing. Originally, “French dressing” was synonymous with vinaigrette. Over time, a sweet, decidedly non-French, orange-colored vinaigrette (from ketchup, not a very French condiment) appeared in the U.S. and Canada. It’s what “French dressing” is today. To make it, combine 1/4 cup white wine vinegar, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup ketchup, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 teaspoons paprika, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, a pinch of salt. Our mother halved the sugar and threw in a clove of garlic.



    FOOD FUN: A New Type Of Ice Cream Sandwich—On Brioche

    Aside from a constant stream of delicious things to eat, the nice thing about working in the specialty food space is that the “discoveries” never end.

    Just in time for National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (August 2nd), we came across something new at Dolce Gelateria in Greenwich Village (33 Barrow Street, just east of Seventh Avenue).

    In addition to 24 appealing flavors of gelato (the cantaloupe is the hands-down winner in a tasty field), Dolce Gelateria introduced us to the gelato ice cream sandwich—on a brioche roll.

    Proprietor Salvatore Potestio says that’s how ice cream sandwiches have always been served in his native Sicily. He scoops what seems more than a half pint of gelato—your choice of two flavors—onto a hamburger-size brioche roll.

    We ate ours like an overstuffed sandwich, without the colorful little gelato spoon. As large as the portion was, we soldiered on, finishing every last crumb.


    Serve an ice cream sandwich on brioche. Photo courtesy Dolce Gelateria | New York City.

    Dolce Gelateria always has 24 flavors on hand. There are the classic Italian flavors—caramel, chocolate, coconut, coffee, mango, mint chip, mixed berry, olive oil (made with oil from the Potestio family groves in Sicily), pistachio, stracciatella (chocolate chip) and strawberry, plus seasonal fruits (currently including blackberry and the celestial cantaloupe).

    They are joined by “American” flavors that Salvatore created to acknowledge his kids, American college students: in Almond Joy, Butter Pecan, Nutella*, Rice Pudding and a constantly growing roster.

    House-made waffle cones are about eight inches tall—the NBA of ice cream cones. We preferred them to the equally tall imported Italian cones, which are still an improvement over the wafer-like American cake cones, which have less flavor and body than a sugar cone or a waffle cone.
    *While Nutella is an Italian bread spread, finding many more ways to use it seems to be an American pursuit.


    There’s a King’s Hawaiian roll for every
    purpose—including ice cream sandwiches.
    Photo courtesy King’s Hawaiian.



    Wait a minute. What is brioche, that most buttery and eggy of French breads, doing in Sicily?

    Salvatore references the Norman conquest of southern Italy, including the island of Sicily, which spanned most of the 11th and 12th centuries. With the conquerors came the bakers, and ultimately the brioche.

    The first recorded use of “brioche” in French dates from 1404, the very beginning of the 13th century. So on the great food timeline, the reference works.

    Given the random survival of printed records (destruction by fire, earthquake, war, general decay, etc.), foods and any items and practices can be in use for decades before a printed reference appears.

    It should also be noted that, while fruit juice-flavored ices have been around since about 2000 B.C.E., gelato was invented in the 14th century. (Here’s the history of ice cream.)


    Switch the brioche for King’s Hawaiian, a line of breads based on a Portuguese sweet bread recipe. They’re made in a variety of ever-so-delicious styles: burger, dinner, hot dog, mini sub and sandwich buns and rolls, plus loaves and sliced bread.

    Founded in Hawaii in the late 1950s, the company now has a bakery on each coast and national distribution. Look for them at your retailer, or ask the store manager to bring them in.

    Our whole family has fallen for King’s Hawaiian, a recent Top Pick Of The Week.

    King’s Hawaiian and any flavor from Dolce Gelateria (or your favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt) are a match made in heaven. Enjoy them on National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.



    « Previous Page« Previous entries « Previous Page · Next Page » Next entries »Next Page »

    About Us
    Contact Us
    Privacy Policy
    Media Center
    Manufacturers & Retailers