TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Mother’s Day Gifts

Looking for something special for Mother’s Day? Of the products we’ve tried recently, here’s what we’re selected for our mother, aunt and other special moms: Georgie’s English Scones. The scones arrive frozen, along with delicious lemon curd. You can also send ready-to-bake shortbread in the hard-to-find, festive petticoat tails (triangle) shape. Kimberley Artisan Vinegars. Handcrafted…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Oil & Vinegar Triage

You can save money by keeping different grades of oil and vinegar for different purposes. For example, basic balsamic vinegar is slightly acidic and best used for salad dressings. The next grade up is significantly smoother, and should be used for finishing and for marinades. Trade up one more step and the balsamic has a…
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CONTEST: For Balsamic Vinegar Lovers

Balsamic vinegar lovers: Zingerman’s, a specialty food retailer/e-tailer in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is offering you the opportunity to win a free trip to the La Vecchia Dispensa balsamic vinegar factory in Italy. “Factory” is a relative term: This is fine balsamic vinegar production facility, and the “factory” is one of the charming, centuries-old buildings in…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Check & Toss

Use ‘em up—don’t let those oils grow old and over-the-hill. Photo of Lucero California Olive Oil by Evan Dempsey | THE NIBBLE. Don’t wait for spring cleaning: each January, go through cupboards for expired or about-to-expire foods. Also check your salad and cooking oils: They go rancid. If they don’t pass the sniff test, toss…
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TIP OF THE DAY: More Flavorful Vinaigrette

Why buy bottled dressing when it’s so easy to make? Photo by Andi Pantz | IST. One way to cut calories is to give up heavy bottled dressings—especially creamy ones—and make your own. This recipe takes two minutes, has layers of flavor and can be made in the blender or with a whisk. Combine: –…
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