GIFT: Cake In A Jar

When you can’t be there to bake a cake, send a cake in a jar. Jar’d Cake from one of our favorite bakers, Cake Chicago, offers four delicious varieties to send as a Mother’s Day gift, or give as party favors. Everything at Cake Chicago is made from scratch, including the raspberry conserve a nd…
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RECIPE: Mexican Parfait

A savory Mexican (or Tex-Mex) parfait. Photo and recipe courtesy Food Should Taste Good.   This Southwestern Tomato and Yogurt Parfait is made in trendy glass canning jars, but you can use wine glasses, juice glasses or whatever you have. It’s easy to make the salsa, but if you’re pressed for time you can buy…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Grow Your Own Stevia

Stevia is a sweet herb from South America, 20 to 30 times sweeter than sugar cane. Yet, it has no calories. It’s been a boon to many people who want a calorie-free sweetener but don’t want the chemically-derived aspartame (Equal), saccharine (Sweet ‘n Low) or sucralose (Splenda). (Check out the different sugar substitutes.) A wholesome…
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PRODUCT: Tahitian Vanilla

The United States is the largest consumer of vanilla beans, using around 1,200 tons per year. Most of them are made into vanilla extract. Most of the real vanilla extract* used in the U.S. is Bourbon† vanilla, also called Madagascar vanilla. As a Mother’s Day gift for someone who loves to make desserts, how about…
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