Tag Archives | Grocery Finds

Take and Bake Cookie Doughs: Move Over Pillsbury!


From the basic to the grown up, there are new companies jumping into the prepared cookie dough game, and it’s about time! The Ice Box Bakery out of Boulder has some wonderful flavors of all natural cookie dough: Cherry Pie, Ginger Spice in addition to Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter and Sugar Cookie. Another company out […]

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Yogurt Dreams Come True


  I have a thing for yogurt, really good thick yogurt like they have in France.  Greek-style yogurt is pretty excellent, but this water buffalo yogurt from Vermont is just off the charts.  I will not pretend to know the chemistry of water buffalo milk versus cow milk; but the difference is clearly apparent in […]

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How to Dress Up a Cheese Plate, II


"And don’t forget the crackers" – as Wallace of Wallace and Gromit will remind you. While I stand by my Triscuit Thins Crisps, I like to combine them with these other amazing crackers. 34 Degrees Crispbread are attractive, thin crackers that are wonderful for soft cheeses (and schmootz’s). Mary’s Gone Crackers  are gluten free but don’t […]

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How to Dress Up a Cheese Plate


  Lately, I have been noticing some pretty amazing things at the cheese counters where I shop. In San Francisco’s Bi Rite, I found this little treasure of dried apricots layered with chopped pistachios from Valley Produce Company in Australia.  We paired thin slices of the fruit paste with some amazing wasabi flavored goat cheese.  This combination […]

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“Taco Night” has been improved!


Here is a new product that belongs to the "Why did they not think of this sooner club?"  Taco shells that stand up so that they are easier to fill: Brilliant!  Tacos are a much loved dinner in our home.  My children enjoy them because they get to be 100% in charge of what is on their plates.  "Taco Night" is […]

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The Best Brown Sugars


With the baking season upon us, we will be bringing you lots of home baking ideas.  Brown sugar is a key ingredient in many baked goods, so I wanted to highlight two of the best brown sugars in the marketplace:  Wholesome Sweeteners and India Tree. For my own baking, I can no longer bring myself […]

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Trail Mix Upgrade: Sahale Snacks


  Consider Sahale Nut Snacks trail mix for foodies. These gourmet nut and fruit combos are totally amazing, very interesting and even good for you. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Sahale was started in 2002.  These snacks are available at upscale groceries and health food stores across the country.  Their website has a search tool to find retailers […]

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Three Cheers for Parchment Paper


I was introduced to parchment paper at my first baking job with Cakes Extraordinaire in Portland, Maine.  We used parchment to line full sheet pans for baking huge sheet cakes.  Fast forward 23 years and home cooks now demand more restaurant-quality tools.  Today, parchment paper is available at grocery stores for under $4.00. What is the difference […]

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Ode to Trader Joe’s


One thing I really miss living in Colorado is Trader Joe’s. This grocery chain has a knack for not only producing decent pre-made foods but also for having unusual items for the creative cook. For the quality of product, the prices cannot be beat.  I am so obsessed that I make sure whenever I’m in a state that has […]

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Easy, Pleasing Meatloaf


We like meatloaf of all varieties because it is easy to put together, budget-friendly and pretty darn tasty.  Personally, I am a big fan of the leftover meatloaf sandwich.  When I saw this 5-ingredient recipe in a women’s magazine, I thought to myself that it was too easy and too simple to possibly taste good.  Well, […]

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