TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Cool Beans

Travelers to Provence and Italy have likely been served an appetizer dip and spread made of white beans. A purée of slow-cooked beans, flavored with lemon, garlic and fresh herbs, is delightful for dipping crudités and breadsticks and for spreading on bread and crackers. In Morocco, a spicier version called bissara, made with fava beans,…
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PRODUCT REVIEW: Charleston Favorites Tidewater Shrimp Sauce & Marinade With Stone Ground Grits

A portfolio of Charleston and lowcountry specialties aims to ensure that people everywhere can enjoy “Food For The Southern Soul.” The first two products we tried, Stone Ground Grits and Tidewater Shrimp Sauce And Marinade, made an excellent (and easy!) dinner that we can’t wait to have again…and again. Charleston Favorites is another happy example…
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TRENDS: Black, The New Color Of Health Food?

McCormick came out with black food coloring this fall (it did not previously exist at the consumer level, so now you can ice chic [or goth] cupcakes to your heart’s content). Based on a food trend reported by Florida’s Sun Sentinel, McCormick may be an American trendsetter. Ebony-colored foods are red-hot in Japan and other…
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PRODUCT REVIEW: Baji’s International Rice Meals

Slender pouches microwave to fluffy rice dishes.   Looking for a great side dish or vegetarian meal that’s ready in 90 seconds? Baji’s Rice Meals are a wonderful addition to the pantry shelf: an uber-convenient line of five international flavors of basmati rice. The pouch goes into the microwave, and Jambalaya, Lemongrass and Basil, Lentil…
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