TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Edward Marc Chocolate Pretzels

[1] Covered in top-quality chocolate, a couple of these mini pretzels are a guilt-free treat. [2] You can set them out for guests, but we kept the bag to ourselves (both photos courtesy Edward Marc Chocolatier).   You can find chocolate-covered pretzels in stores nationwide. So why are these from Edward Marc Chocolatier so special?…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Avoid Paper Bag Popcorn

[1] You can use brown bags to serve popcorn, but not to pop it (photo courtesy The Popcorn Board). [2] Having unpopped kernels at the end of popping is normal (photo courtesy Belle Chevre | Facebook). [3] Ditch the brown bag and get an inexpensive microwave popcorn popper or similar vented bowl (photo courtesy Housewares…
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RECIPE: Baked Sweet Potato Chips

We’re making lots of these sweet potato chips (photo #1) for Super Bowl Sunday. It’s very easy. The chips have a slight flavor kick over traditional sweet potato chips: flavored olive oil. The Lucero olive oil company made them with their Mandarin Orange Olive Oil (photo #2). We have numerous flavored oils, so we’re making…
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RECIPES: Two Homemade Soft Pretzels ~ Pepperoni & Parmesan

If you’re looking for snack fare for the Super Bowl, or warm, aromatic soft pretzels anytime, here are two recipes for your consideration. But first, here’s the history of pretzels.     RECIPE #1: PEPPERONI PIZZA STUFFED PRETZEL We love all good bread, and a soft, doughy pretzel (with mustard, please) is one of our…
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FOOD FUN: Go Bananas

These healthful snacks—bananas, peanut butter and a second fruit—have so much pizzazz that we think they can go right to the dessert plate. You can use any flavor of peanut butter (check out these flavors from PB & Co.—dark or white chocolate, honey, pumpkin spice). If you’re not a PB or other nut butter fan,…
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