TIDBITS: The Difference Between Kettle Chips And Conventional Potato Chips

What exactly are “kettle chips,” such as those made by Boulder Canyon, our Top Pick Of The Week (see the previous post)? Let’s start at the beginning. Potato chips, invented in 1853 in Saratoga, New York, were originally called Saratoga chips (the history of potato chips). By the 1920s, every town in the U.S. had…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Boulder Canyon Potato Chips

Two of our favorite flavors of Boulder Canyon potato chips: Hickory Barbecue (front) and Parmesan & Garlic.   The second potato chip to be named a Top Pick Of The Week by THE NIBBLE specialty food magazine is the polar opposite of our first. North Fork Naturals, the first top chip, offers classic potato and…
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TODAY IN FOOD: It’s National Corn Chip Day

Fritos, America’s first corn chip (photo © Mx. Granger | Wikipedia).   January 29th is National Tortilla Chip Day. What’s the difference between a corn chip and a tortilla chip? Both are made from corn or masa,* vegetable oil, salt and water. But tortilla chips are made from cut-up wedges of actual tortillas. That’s why…
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TODAY IN FOOD: It’s National Pistachio Day

We’re the last to make light of Fundamentalist Islam, but we do have better pistachios for it. Prior to the overthrow of the Shah of Iran in 1979, there was no pistachio industry in the U.S. A series of political events ensued, beginning with the fundamentalist Islamic revolution of the Ayatollah Khomeini that ousted Shah…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: The Top Picks Of 2007

No sandwich will ever taste the same once you switch to Ojai Cook mayonnaises.   Our final Top Pick of the year is actually the Top Picks of 2007, five products we wrote about earlier this year that continue to bring happiness to our table. These are not fancy boxes of chocolate or special foods…
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