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FREEBIE: 1 Jar of P.B. Loco When You Buy 5

P.B. Loco
P.B. Loco—one of our favorite peanut butters.
  National Peanut Butter Month doesn’t begin until November 1st, but our friends at P.B. Loco are offering a free jar of CoCoBanana Peanut Butter (chocolate banana peanut butter—no coconut) when you buy five jars of any flavors. It’s not too hard to buy five jars of their PB: In addition to the CoCoBanana, we go ape for the White Raspberry Chocolate, Sun-Dried Apricot, Sumatra Cinnamon & Raisin and Jungle Banana (without the chocolate). On the savory side, Sun-Dried Tomato is dynamite, and Asian Curry Spice makes instant noodle dishes. All you need to do is go to PBLoco.com and (1) add any five jars of any peanut butter to your shopping cart, then (2) add one jar of CoCoBanana Peanut Butter to your cart, (3) enter coupon code BIGIDEA, click recalculate, and make sure $6.95 is subtracted from your bill. This special offer expires October 25th, so don’t let a nutty good thing pass you by. Read our full review of P.B. Loco Peanut Butter.
 

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PRODUCT WATCH: Hebrew National Kosher Breakfast Sausage

Only 10% of the people who eat kosher food are Jewish. Now they, and the 90% of non-Jewish kosher food buyers, can enjoy breakfast sausage. Hebrew National, the iconic kosher hot dog company, has launched the first 100% pure beef breakfast sausage links available in the marketplace. There are three varieties—Original, Maple and Reduced Fat, which is 25% leaner than Original. The sausages are already cooked—just heat and serve. Like all of Hebrew National’s products, the sausage links are free of artificial colors, flavors, fillers and by-products. The suggested retail price is $3.79 for a pack of 10 links.   Hebrew National Sausage

New breakfast sausage links.

So who’s buying all that kosher food? People with allergies, vegetarians and vegans (who are assured by the designation of no animal products in the recipe) and Muslims, among others. Foods are kosher dairy, kosher meat or “pareve,” neutral. Kosher products with meat ingredients are indicated (M) or meat, those with dairy have a (D) designation, and those that are pareve have the word pareve imprinted. Some items that have no dairy ingredients, such as bittersweet chocolate, have a (D) designation because they are made on the same processing equipment as products with milk ingredients. This is based on the belief that elements of dairy potentially absorbed by the equipment may be transferred to the non-dairy products. Read more in our overview of the $40 billion kosher food industry.

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REVIEW: Momma Reiner’s Fudge-Covered Marshmallows

Momma Reiner’s Marshmallows
Jumbo fudge-covered marshmallows.
  Holy Jumbo Marshmallow, Batman! One of our favorite sweet discoveries of the year is the fudge-covered marshmallows made by Momma Reiner. This fudge-making California mom took the next step in product development and dipped big, handmade marshmallows into her semisweet chocolate fudge—pure inspiration. Even without the fudge, the marshmallows are delicious; but together, a star is born. Classy snacks, one of these ample confections can stand in as a fancy dessert on a day when you don’t have time to think of doing more. But for sure, a box will brighten the day of the lucky possessor. While kids will go ape for the marshmallows, these are definitely adult-quality goodies. Buy them as gifts for everyone you know with a sweet tooth. Buy extra boxes—they’ll be back begging for more. Read our full review of Momma Reiner’s fudge and fudge-covered marshmallows.
 

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REVIEW: Zhena’s Gypsy Tea

Zhena’s gypsy tea recently won the Outstanding Packaging Award at Expo East, the eastern half of America’s largest natural and organic products show. Sure, the cans are great-looking, but the tea inside is equally noteworthy. First, this line of 30 tasty teas (the five we had were tasty, so we’ve given the rest the benefit of the doubt) is blended with fruit and flavor notes. Second, it hits a social responsibility trifecta of sorts—It’s organic, Fair Trade Certified and biodynamically-grown—and it’s kosher, too. (Read our article on the difference between organic and biodynamic farming.) Zhena donates a portion of the proceeds to C.E.O. Women, which helps low-income immigrant and refugee women succeed in entrepreneurship. In short, drinking these black, green, white and herbal teas will not only help you feel good, you’ll be doing some good too. Read the full review of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea.   Zhena’s Gypsy Tea
Zhena’s Gypsy Tea comes in 30 different blends.
 

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RECIPE: Winetails ~ Wine Cocktails

Canella Domani

Canella Domani is a spiced red wine cocktail

 

Wine beverages have been around as long as wine.

Early recipes that mixed wine with fruit juice and honey evolved over time to more elaborate concepts such as mulled wine—a “wine cocktail” that’s a combination of red wine, Port, brandy, triple sec, brown sugar and a sheaf of spices (allspice, bay leaf, cinnamon sticks and cloves_.

Today’s trendy term is winetail, a mixed drink made with wine instead of spirits. (There’s also the beertail.)

When making wine cocktails, use popularly-priced wines—not complex bottles that should be enjoyed for their layers of flavor. The wines of Ecco Domani—solid, everyday drinking wines with good fruit—are a fine choice.

The company teamed with mixologist Alex Ott to create a series of “winetails” that can be enjoyed before dinner, after dinner or any time you’re relaxing with a glass of wine and want a little something extra.

Make the Canella Domani (canella is the Italian word for cinnamon) when the weather gets cold—it’s best served warm and is a refreshing change from spiced cider, so often served during autumn.

Take a look at all of the Winetails cocktail recipes to make winetails.

 
While the Canella Domain is a warm winetail, the rest are cold, including:

  • A fall winetail with Chianti, apple cider, chai and fresh ginger root
  • A dessert winetail with Chianti, chocolate and raspberries
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