RECIPE: Green Olive Tapenade

Tapenade is an easy-to-make appetizer or snack that complements beer, cocktails and wine. Photo courtesy Pompeian.   It couldn’t be easier to make the popular Mediterranean olive spread, tapenade (at least in these modern days of food processors). You can use any type of olive, from mild to pungent; black, green or a mix. Here’s…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Savory Mascarpone Recipes

A bowl of mascarpone dip. Photo courtesy Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. Mascarpone, the thick and delicious “Italian cream cheese,” is the key ingredient in tiramisu and a favorite for topping berries. In fact, it’s thanks to tiramisu, which has become a favorite dessert in the U.S., that most of us know what mascarpone is. The…
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PRODUCT: Sonoma Farm Asiago & Parmesan Dip

With this versatile spread, you can transform an otherwise bland food. Photo by Emily Chang | THE NIBBLE. Sonoma Farm makes Mediterranean-influenced artisan products in small batches. Their olive oils and vinegars were a Top Pick Of The Week. Recently, we tried other products and found the Asiago & Parmesan Dip to be another winner.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Repurpose Baskets For Crudités

Do you have a nice basket just hanging around—a legacy from a gift basket or flower arrangement? Repurpose that basket into a crudité server: Fill it with your favorite sliced raw vegetables and whole veggies—baby carrots, cherry tomatoes and radishes, for example—along with the dip. Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Lower Calorie Sauces

Another low-calorie tip: Mix condiments with nonfat yogurt to create tasty, low-calorie, creamy dressings, dips and sauces. While flavored mustards, pestos, salsas and savory chutneys are delicious low-calorie flavor-enhancers by themselves, transforming them into a creamy sauce adds versatility to your dishes. Using nonfat yogurt for a sauce base adds few calories compared with cream…
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