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Real Chocolate Sprinkles!


Whether you call them jimmies, shots or sprinkles, I have got the thing for you! Sprinkles that are made from actual chocolate. Oh my! It is an instant upgrade to any dish of ice cream. Guittard Chocolate Sprinkles from King Arthur'sOnline Store This small obsession I have with real chocolate sprinkles began when I had […]

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72 Layer Cream Cheese Biscuits


These flaky, rich biscuits from Robinhood Meeting House are the perfect way to start the New Year.  I strongly suggest you purchase two packages because once you bake off the first package, you will instantaneously want more. Made in a family-owned bakery in Bath, Maine, this biscuits are the penultimate biscuit.  After winning a Fancy […]

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Pumpkin Ginger Deliciousness


Around the holidays sometimes a little smoke and mirrors is necessary.  I am all for homemade cookies and for Martha Stewart Gingerbread Houses, but my reality is that sometimes I take short cuts, especially when deadlines are looming over my head. Right now, despite the snow and winter temperatures, my kitchen is cranking out a burger round […]

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Harold McGee Lecture Series: Day 3 – Flavor Tripping


After being tortured by the gymnema sylvestre, we were given the opportunity to “flavor trip” with the miracle berry also known as the yumberry. The New York Times ran a story about flavor tripping in May of 2008 so I was eager to try it. This is something you can try at home and I […]

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Gluten-Free? Soups and stews for you!


In recognition of Celiac Disease Awareness Month, we would like to bring some attention to some folks doing great work for those living a gluten-free lifestyle. A few weeks back, I picked up a frozen Kettle Cuisine soup for a friend who was sick with a yucky head cold.  I did not have the time […]

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Ian’s Whole Wheat Panko Bread Crumbs

Ian's Whole Wheat Panko Bread Crumbs

If you haven’t tried out panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs) yet, you should.  Lighter and flakier than traditional bread crumbs, panko can work some serious, crispy magic in the kitchen. You can interchange panko with traditional bread crumbs in any recipe.  We like Ian’s brand whole wheat panko because it offers a sneaky, whole grain alternative […]

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Things to do with Red Pepper Jelly


A few years ago at a holiday party, I tasted red pepper jelly for the first time.  The hostess served it on crackers with cream cheese, straightforward party fare.  As a recipe writer, I love to use red pepper jelly in glazes and sauces.  If you haven’t discovered the versatility of red pepper jelly, it […]

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Time for Tea, Assam


I have been loving Assam tea since my Boston restaurant days.  One of my servers took a trip to England and brought me back a box of Harvey Nichols Assam tea.  It has been stocked in my pantry ever since. Assam tea is a black tea harvested in the foothills of the Himalayas in Assam […]

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Peanut Butter & Co.


I have been a big fan of Peanut Butter & Co ever since I found it on my grocery store shelves.  I have happily sampled Dark Chocolate Dreams (chocolate, peanut butter bliss on a spoon), White Chocolate Wonderful (simply splendid) and The Bee’s Knees (perfection when paired with whole grain toast and banana slices). All […]

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Ginger Tea


This time of year, with sore throats abounding, ginger tea is our "go to" soothing beverage.  Ginger is well known for its efficacy in treating digestive woes, but did you know that it also has antiseptic and antioxidant qualities to battle everyday colds? For my children, the spiciness of the ginger must be tempered with […]

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