TIP OF THE DAY: Healthier Cupcakes

Healthier cupcakes cut down on the refined sugar. Photo courtesy Dole.com.   In the search for healthier cakes and cupcakes, recipe developers have replaced some of the refined sugar with the natural sweetness of applesauce and bananas. Another way to eliminate calories is to cut the sugar- and fat-laden frosting. Instead, use a few chocolate…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Freekah & Snack Gifts

A “NEW” ANCIENT GRAIN Watch out, quinoa: There’s a new grain in town. Although it’s only new to America; freekeh dates to about 2300 B.C.E. As the story goes, freekeh was created by accident when a Middle Eastern village was attacked. The hostiles set the fields of young green wheat blaze. After the enemy departed,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Ketchup

A while ago, we tasted 32 different tomato ketchups to find “the best” (here are the ketchup reviews). Many of these were small, artisanal brands and more pricey than supermarket ketchup. But one of the top winners, Muir Glen, is widely available (at most stores that sell natural and organic foods; we get it at…
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RECIPE: Spring Potato Salad

We love potato salad. We grew up on two recipes: Mom’s classic picnic potato salad (potatoes, mayo, Dijon mustard, red onion, celery, bell pepper) and her warm German potato salad recipe (potatoes, bacon, onions, chives, garlic, parsley and dill in a mustard vinaigrette). But there are hundreds of very worth potato salad recipes. This one,…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: Chocolate Chip Cookie Tasting

We celebrated with four very different chocolate chip cookies. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.   May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, and chocolate chip is America’s favorite cookie. Our friends at Balducci’s specialty food store sent us three different brands of small-producer chocolate chip cookies for the occasion. Added to a…
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