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TIP OF THE DAY: Observe & Serve

Look for serving pieces that double as objets d’art. Bowls, pitchers and trays fall into this category: You can showcase them all year as room decor, then put them to use as needed during formal dinners. If you like to collect and have more items than room to display them, rotate pieces on a schedule so family and visitors will enjoy different pieces of your collection. If you want to read more, check out our article, “Fun With Tabletop.”  
These blown glass pitchers from Orbitz
will make any table setting look
beautiful. Read The Nibble’s review

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PRODUCT: Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt

Readers of THE NIBBLE know of our devotion to the plain, 0% fat FAGE Total Greek Yogurt. We eat it daily, sometimes with sweetener, sometimes plain, sometimes with cereal, sometimes with fruit or farmer cheese. (We prefer farmer cheese to cottage cheese—it’s a dry curd product like pot cheese, made in a loaf and sold in 8-ounce slices, or in specialty stores cut to order from the loaf. We like the Friendship brand, with salt.) We enjoy different yogurt brands throughout the day—usually fruit-flavored ones as dessert. But one deserves a special shoutout: Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, made by Stonyfield. It tastes very much like a light-flavored sour cream, with all the body and thickness of sour cream. And the 0% fat Oikos is only 130 calories for an entire cup (8 calories/tablespoon), compared to 480 calories/cup (30 calories/tablespoon) for sour cream. The entire line is 0% fat, and includes Blueberry, Honey and Vanilla flavors, plus Plain, in 5.3-ounce cups. We haven’t gotten to the fruit flavors yet.
Oikos isn’t cheap (our local store charges $5.99 for 16 ounces, compared to $4.69 for 16 ounces of FAGE Total), but you can get a $1.00 coupon on the website for the 16-ounce and 5.3-ounce sizes. And what’s money when you could lavish an entire cup of “sour cream” on your baked potato, chili or salmon caviar (if you wanted to be so extravagant) for just 130 fat-free calories? We tested Oikos next to Cabot Fat Free Sour Cream, which is the best fat-free sour cream we know of (10 calories/tablespoon, $2.69 per 16 ounces at our store, also OU(D) certified kosher). We prefer Oikos for the “sour cream effect.” For the record, FAGE Total 0% Fat, which has a sweeter profile than Oikos, is 120 calories/cup, 7.5 calories/tablespoon.

Oikos is USDA-certified organic as well as OU(D) kosher-certified.

-Read more about our favorite yogurts in THE NIBBLE’s Yogurt Section.
-See our favorite organic products in our NutriNibbles Section.
-See our favorite kosher products in our Kosher Nibbles Section.
-Check out our Yogurt Glossary.

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ARTICLES: Cooking Oil Glossary & Mustard Glossary Updates

Did you know that THE NIBBLE has 60 or so food glossaries where you can learn lots about your favorite food categories? There’s everything from A (Antioxidant Foods) to Y (Yogurt—sorry, no Z foods yet). Several of them, including the Chocolate Glossary, Pasta Glossary, Squash Glossary and Sushi Glossary, are the most frequently-read articles among THE NIBBLE’s 20,000 pages of content!We’re always updating our glossaries with current information and new terms. This month, we updated our Cooking Oils Glossary and Mustard Glossary. Check ‘em out!  And, see our master glossary directory for all the glossaries on
Does America love squash? All year
round, the Squash Glossary is one of our
most popular articles!

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NEW PRODUCT: We’re Juiced For Organic Biotta Juices

A glass of Biotta’s Beetroot Juice is pure
beet heaven.
One of our favorite finds at Expo East, the huge natural and organic products trade show that was held last weekend in Boston, was the beautiful line of juices from Biotta, an organic beverage company founded in 1931 in Switzerland (the company was a pioneer in the production of 100% all natural, organic juices). You can find seven varieties of Biotta at natural foods stores. But in 2009—three months from now—ten new fresh, delicious vegetable juice and fruit juice varieties will be added to the line. We tasted a dozen of the juices at Expo East, and fell in love. In addition to the current 16.9 fl oz (500ml) size, 2009 will bring a new single-serving 8.4 fl oz (250ml) size.

Each of the juices has a homeopathic focus, but we like them because of the amazing taste (they are also great ingredients for soups, sorbets, ice cream, cocktails, marinades and a long list of others). At present, you can find Beetroot Juice (to boost the immune system), Wild Bilberry Juice (builds strong blood vessels and improved circulation), Breuss® Vegetable Juice (pronounced “broyce,” a combination of beetroots, carrots, celeriac, radish and potatoes, which is a formula developed by the Austrian naturopathic Dr. Rudolf Breuss for purification and cleansing), Carrot Juice (for vision), Celery Root Juice (regulates pH), Sauerkraut Juice (aids digestion) and Vegetable Juice Cocktail (helps the immune system). Among the new flavors we look forward to is a dynamite Potato Juice—made of raw potato, but tasting like a potato-lover’s dream (it is intended to help the stomach, but we think all of these juices are gourmet food finds).

We can’t stop dreaming of the high quality of these juices. Like a fine wine, you know from the first sip that you’re at a different level of appreciation. Retailers of America: stock your shelves! See more of our favorite juices in THE NIBBLE online magazine.


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NEWS: Vermont Butter & Cheese Wins 5 Awards At World Cheese Competition

Vermont Butter and Cheese Company, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week, won five awards at the World Cheese Awards held in Dublin, Ireland earlier this month. The winners include Vermont Chevre, Vermont Fresh Crottin, Vermont Creamy Goat Cheese, Vermont Quark and their Signature Aged Cheese Bijou. Company co-founder Allison Hooper is credited for helping to start the artisan goat cheese movement in the U.S. The company will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year. The company, located in Websterville, VT, is dedicated to crafting artisanal dairy products in the European style through a vital link of local Vermont farms. The company supports a network of more than 20 family-owned farms, providing milk that meets the highest standards of purity, and is a proud contributor to the health of local agriculture. Vermont Butter & Cheese is a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week. Read our review of their delicious products.Read more information on the World Cheese Award winners.  
A snowy white crottin of chèvre from the
Vermont Butter & Cheese Company.

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