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FREE: 5/12 Is Free Cone Day At Häagen-Dazs

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Yours free on Tuesday, May 12th. Photo
courtesy Häagen-Dazs.

 

Tuesday, May 12th is Free Cone Day at participating Häagen-Dazs shops, from 4-8 pm local time.

It’s a standard* size sugar cone or cake cone or small cup with your choice of ice cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet in a cup, sugar cone or cake cone.

Here’s your chance to try two of H-D’s new artisan flavors (also available at the grocer’s):

  • Chocolate Caramelized Oat ice cream
  • Banana Rum Jam ice cream
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    HÄAGEN-DAZS NEW ARTISAN COLLECTION

    With flavors developed by American food artisans, the new collection includes:

  • Applewood Smoked Caramel Almond
  • Banana Rum Jam
  • Ginger Molasses Cookie
  • Spiced Pecan Turtle
  • Tres Leches Brigadeiro
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    Here’s more about the Artisan Collection.
     
    Find a participating shop near you.

    And a smart idea from H-D: Guests who want to purchase items may bypass the line of people who are waiting for free scoops.

     
    *H-D calls it “kiddie size.”

     
      

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    DISCOUNT: 29% Off On Gourmet Produce On February 29th

    Here’s a deal you’ll only catch every four years: 29% off on the finest produce you can find, from Melissas.com.

    Here’s your opportunity to take advantage of all the delicious products and gifts that Melissa’s has to offer—which includes a selection of fruits and vegetables that are difficult to find elsewhere.

    On Leap Day, February 29th—next Wednesday—just enter coupon code LEAP29OFF at checkout. You can start ordering at midnight on the 28th, until 11:59 on the 29th. (Shipping is not included).

    The online store has everything you can imagine in fruits and vegetables, including exotic and organic varieties.

    Take a look.

    Find more of our favorite fruits and vegetables.

     

    Treat yourself to Ataulfo mangoes: Of 500 different varieties, it is the “champagne” of mangoes.

     

      

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    PRODUCT: Onion Dip Mix

    It’s been a long time since we made dip from a mix. Back in college, dip made from sour cream and French’s Onion Soup mix alongside chips and pretzels was all the rage.

    We were taken down memory lane recently when we received samples of Lays Dip Creations, dry seasoning mixes in Garden Onion, Country Ranch and Freshly Made Guacamole. (In some parts of the country, the products are branded as Tostitos Dip Creations.)

    The packets contain dry seasonings such as onions, garlic and a combination of herbs and spices.

    In these days of healthier eating, we’re surprised that the package directions indicate only sour cream as the base. Sure, you can buy reduced fat and nonfat sour cream.

    But we substituted 0% Fat FAGE Greek yogurt and loved the result. FOOD TIP: While fat has been called a “flavor carrier,” it actually coats the tongue and inhibits tasting the subtleties of the recipe. The less fat, the more you can taste the seasonings.

     

    Make a healthy, delicious lunch of yogurt-
    based onion dip and crudités. Photo courtesy
    Frito-Lay.

     

    We made a happy, healthy lunch of crudités (raw vegetables) and yogurt-based Garden Onion mix, using 0% Fat FAGE Greek Yogurt. We’re always happy when we enjoy something that is so good for us.

  • We liked the lively flavor of Garden Onion seasoning mix, and have put it on our shopping list.
  • Ranch isn’t generally one of our favorite flavors, so it wasn’t surprising that Country Ranch didn’t score well with us.
  • We’re still waiting for the avocados to ripen, so we’ll have to report back on the third flavor, Freshly Made Guacamole.
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    The dips are all-natural and certified kosher by OU. They are soy free, MSG free and contain no gluten ingredients.

    Here’s a $2.00 coupon for FAGE yogurt.

      

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    CHEESE: Piave Vecchio

    It’s Columbus Day, so let’s celebrate a great Italian cheese. Here’s a favorite cheese of professional cheese buyer and guest blogger Jeff Shearer, of Mandi Foods:

    As the long summer days turn over to the cooler nights of autumn, our food choices move away from the fresh cheeses and lighter dishes to more of the hearty cheeses, roasts and casseroles. Fall is a great time to enjoy Havarti, Gouda, Cheddar, Brie and Camembert.

    And Piave Vecchio. This hard Italian mountain cheese has a fine, rich taste and golden color—a buttery cheese that combines the flavor of Parmigiano Reggiano and farmhouse Cheddar.

    Piave Vecchio pairs well with polenta and risotto, and as a table cheese with Zinfandel, richer white wines (such as Chardonnay) and medium-weight reds such as Merlot and Pinot Noir. Beer drinkers can enjoy it with amber, nut brown or IPA ales.

     

    Piave Vecchio, a terrific Italian mountain
    cheese. Photo courtesy PiaveVecchio.it.

     

    The cheese gets its name from the Piave River, which flows through the mountain valley in the Italian Alps where it is produced. The name means old (aged) Piave cheese. If you find one called Piave Stravecchio, it is “extra-old,” the extra aging creating a cheese that tastes like a young Parmigiano Reggiano.

    Grate it over fried polenta and soups, add it to grits or a risotto, shave it over a green salad or include it on the cheese plate.

    Piave Vecchio is a gem often hidden in the long shadow of its very famous cousin, Parmigiano Reggiano. Piave Vecchio deserves its own time in the spotlight.

  • Learn more about Piave Vecchio and get recipes.
  • Brush up your cheese know-how in our Cheese Glossary.
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    HALF PRICE: New Pinkberry Watermelon Yogurt

    Through August, treat yourself to a
    watermelon Pinkberry sundae. Photo
    courtesy Pinkberry.com.

    Adjust your schedule, Pinkberry lovers: the new summer flavor, Watermelon, debuts tomorrow. It’s made with real watermelon. And there’s a great half-price deal.

    The new sweet-and-tart treat is watermelon frozen yogurt topped with fresh watermelon purée, diced watermelon and diced cucumbers.

    If cucumbers sound strange here, they’re actually a close relative of watermelon. Both are members of the Cucurbitaceae plant family. Taste the white watermelon rind—it tastes like cucumber (and because we like cucumbers, we eat that white rind!).

    You can have it without the cucumber, of course. And you can enjoy the new flavor for half price during Watermelon Happy Hour: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily at all Pinkberry locations. During Happy Hour you can have any size and configuration of Watermelon Pinkberry (cone, swirl, side-by-side) for half price.

    You can be certain that we’ll be ready and waiting for our first serving at 5 p.m.

    Pinkberry is made from nonfat yogurt, from milk that is rBST-free. Watermelon Pinkberry will be available for eight weeks, or until supplies run out.

    It’s only here for a short time, so gather ye watermelon rosebuds while ye may. Here’s the store locator.

    Find more of our favorite frozen delights, plus recipes, in our Gourmet Ice Cream & Yogurt Section.

     

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