GIFT: Gourmet Dried Mushroom Sampler & How To Use Dried Mushrooms

People who love to cook will appreciate this gourmet dried mushroom sampler from Melissa’s, an online purveyor of fine fruits and vegetables. Their Mushroom Medley Sampler contains individual packages of five gourmet mushrooms: Chanterelles Morels Oyster* Porcini Shiitake   When these varieties on hand, there are many opportunities to add great flavor your cooking at…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK & GIFT: Sauternes Vinegar From Oliviers & Co

Before we sing the glories of the Sauternes vinegar from Oliviers & Co (photo #1) our Top Pick Of The Week, a few words are required for those who are not familiar with Sauternes wine. Sauternes (saw-TERN) is the great sweet wine of Bordeaux—the great sweet wine of the world. It is made from the…
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PRODUCT: Kyocera Electric Mill ~ Pepper, Salt & Spice Mill

Here’s a tip for everyone who cooks: Do you use a peppermill? If not, why not? Pre-ground pepper from the store has half the flavor of freshly-ground.     A BETTER WAY TO GRIND PEPPER, SALT & SPICES When you cook a lot and grind a lot of pepper, the idea of not having to…
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PRODUCT: Par-Baked Pie Shell

[1] Save time making and par-baking a pie crust, with this beauty from Three Babes Bakeshop in San Francisco (photo © Good Eggs). [2] The pie crust is delivered frozen, to store in the freezer until you’re ready to bake your pie (photos #2 and #3 © Three Babes Bake Shop | San Francisco). [3]…
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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Make The Best Roasted Vegetables

Roasting vegetables is easy. You can toss pretty much any vegetable with olive oil and seasoning and roast it in the oven. The happy result: a low-calorie, nutritious and delicious side (or a vegetarian main with some protein). But sometimes the results are less than perfect. There are a few guidelines to guarantee your veggies…
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