FOOD HOLIDAY: National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day

The gourmet version of Raisinets, from Lake Champlain Chocolates (certified kosher).   Today is National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day. In the form of Raisinets, the dried-fruit-in-a-candy-shell is a movie theater staple and the third-largest selling candy in U.S. history. To make the candy, raisins are coated with oil and spun in a hot drum with…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Secondary Sauces, Part 2, Cheddar Cheese Sauce & Sauce Suprême

Become a sauce master: Here’s Part 2 of chef Johnny Gnall’s tutorial on the secondary sauces. Start at the beginning with: The Five Mother Sauces Secondary Sauces: Béarnaise and Creole   BÉCHAMEL SAUCE BECOMES CHEDDAR CHEESE SAUCE It’s easy to make a robust Cheddar cheese sauce from a base of creamy, delicate béchamel (BAY-sha-mell) sauce.…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Pacific Beach Sweet Peanut Butter Spreads

Pacific Beach Peanut Butter Spreads, made in sunny San Diego, tempt the palate with “mix-ins” in three popular flavor profiles: Butterscotch: Butterscotch, Caramel and Toffee spreads Cinnamon: CinnaYum spread Chocolate: Child’s Play (M&Ms), Chocolate, Chocolate Raspberry, Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate spreads   The sweet ingredients are ground along with the peanuts, creating a whipped…
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