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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Mr. McGregor’s Microgreens

It’s only January, yet we know that Mr. McGregor’s microgreens are going to be among the top 10 most exciting foods we’ll try this year. And, we’ll sample 3,000 to 5,000 specialty food products!

What are microgreens? They are tiny, tiny vegetables, no more than 8 to 14 days old, that have just developed their cotyledon (first) leaves.

They are far tinier than “baby greens.” Think of the first, threadlike shoot that rises when you plant a seed, and the first tiny leaves, barely a quarter-inch in diameter.

You may have seen a few scattered on your plate or garnishing your food at fine restaurants. Microgreens are very tender and oh, what flavor!

Both intense and delicate, visually captivating and sublime to eat, they are a gourmet experience. Yet, they are highly nutritious with scarcely a calorie.

For people who already like greens, microgreens are the zenith. For people who do not care for salad or raw vegetables: If you don’t like these precious greens, we’ll rest our case. Use them in salads, main dishes, soups and as general garnishes.

Read the full review in THE NIBBLE online magazine, and see more photos of these minute, exquisite vegetables.

  Microgreens

A trio of tiny microgreens. At front, Red Amaranth.

 
  

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TIP OF THE DAY: Check & Toss

Don’t wait for spring cleaning: January is a good month to go through cupboards for about-to-expire foods and impulse purchases you never got around to eating. Also check your cooking oils: They go rancid. If they don’t pass the sniff test (oil that has turned smells musty and old), toss them. If you don’t trust your nose, take a small taste). When you replace the oils, use a wine preservative spray to prolong the life of the more expensive ones. Click here for a preservative spray. And the best tip of all: Don’t buy more oil than you can reasonably use within 6 months.

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GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Win Gourmet Rishi Tea

Rishi Tea
A tea connoisseur’s delight.
  Do you like fine tea? Enter this week’s Gourmet Giveaway on THENIBBLE.com. Answer four fun trivia questions about tea. Whether you answer right or wrong, you’ll be entered into the prize drawing. The lucky winner will receive this Rishi Gift Set, featuring exquisite green and jasmine teas from China and Japan, selected for their superior quality. Any tea connoisseur would love to receive Snow Sprout, Precious Pearl and Hojicha, specially-selected teas that are delicate, fragrant, and complex. The set includes natural, unbleached tea filters for brewing tea in a cup, mug or pot. Retail value: $35.99. Rishi teas are USDA certified organic and certified kosher by Kosher Supervisors of Wisconsin. This set and other tea gift sets are available at DelightfulDeliveries.com.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Bread Switch

Merely switching breads can make the same old, same old seem new and exciting. Instead of sandwiching your tuna, egg salad or turkey on standard whole wheat, rye or multi-grain, think about focaccia, sourdough, semolina or walnut raisin. (Yes, you can put tuna, egg salad or turkey on walnut raisin, just like you can toss raisins into chicken or tuna salad.) Sliced bread can be kept in the freezer at your beck and call. It defrosts in seconds in the microwave, to be used au naturel or toasted. Click here to read our review of Rudi’s organic breads.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Watch Your Wine Timelines

If you have an unopened bottle of spirits, it can last for years. But except for collector wines that need bottle age, most wines are meant to be drunk within a year: otherwise, they deteriorate. If you’re not sure about a wine you own, ask at your local wine store. You don’t need a special occasion to open a nice bottle of wine. If you don’t have enough participation to finish the bottle in an evening, use a wine preservative and enjoy it over a week. Here’s a good wine preservative spray. Read more about vino in the Wine Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.   Wine Preservative Spray
If you have no one to share that fine wine with, enjoy it yourself. Use a preservative spray to keep the remainder fresh for a few days or a week until you can finish the bottle.
 

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