NEWS: “Fake” Olive Oil Drama Continues

Innocent or guilty? One of the well- known extra-virgin olive oils alleged to be not exactly extra-virgin. Last week we wrote about shadiness in the olive oil industry: In a study conducted by the Olive Center at the University of California at Davis, 69% of imported oils labeled as extra-virgin were not; 10% of California…
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PRODUCT: Hot Pickle Chips & Turkey Burger

Does hot weather beg for hot pickles? Rick’s Picks, our favorite pickle-maker (read the review), has launched Hotties, crinkle-cut spicy pickle chips spiced with Thai sriracha sauce* and habanero. *Sriracha sauce is a dipping sauce made of hot red chiles, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt. It is named after the coastal city of Si Racha…
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PRODUCT: Cucina Kitchen Spray

Top-quality room sprays that are environmentally-friendly. Photo courtesy Fruits & Passion. For years we have enjoyed the fragrant kitchen products from Fruits & Passion, a company with boutiques in its native Canada (think Body Shop combined with Caldrea luxury home care products). The company, which competes with Caldrea, sells to specialty retailers and websites in…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Sweeten Middling Melons

We think of cantaloupe as a miracle food: low-calorie and sweet, plus loaded with dietary fiber and polyphenol antioxidants. It is also a good source of folate, niacin and vitamin B6, and a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium. But what if you’ve bought a middling melon—cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon or other…
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