My whole life, I've been a sucker for trying the every possible packaged food novelty, from bacon-flavored mayonnaise to ice cream cupcakes. However, my favorite kind of food promotion is — hands down — the interactive kind. For example, some time ago, Kettle sent Party and I an assortment of new chips, and asked us to vote on the brand's next flavor. This year, the chipmakers took it to the next level with an even more hands-on promotion. For their Create-a-Chip Challenge, Kettle sent a kit with seven seasoning packets, four bags of unseasoned chips, three Kettle flavors for inspiration, and a card with recipe suggestions. To see what original flavors we came up with, read more
Posts for April 2nd 2009
While in the cooking aisle of my grocery store checking out packaged cookies, I was reminded of how much I miss Circus Animal Cookies, which got discontinued last year when Mother's Cookies filed for bankruptcy (although Kellogg's has said it plans to reintroduce some favorites). In hard times, many products — from Archway Cookies to Zima coolers — have gone the way of Crystal Pepsi. What discontinued products do you still crave?
To make your Seder dinner extra special, consider selecting a specific wine to pair with each course — just be sure to choose wine that is kosher. Start the meal off with a dry minerally Chenin Blanc from Baron Herzog Cellars. A crisp white will complement both the green salad and matzo-crusted trout. Pour a Sauvignon Blanc — like New Zealand's Goose Bay winery's bottle that's highly regarded, affordable, and kosher — with the matzo ball soup. For the main course, choose a smokey, fruity Shiraz from Teal Lake. For dessert offer a kosher muscat by Mony winery.
What wines will you be sipping on Passover? Share your favorite bottles with us below!
There was one thing I learned at the Artisan Cheese Festival that changed my life. No joke! Normally when I think of pairing wine and cheese I choose a red wine.
However, after tasting over 30 types of cheese paired with both red and white wine, I have to agree with cheese expert Laura Werlin: in general, cheese pairs better with white wine than it does red wine.
Why? Simply put, cheese affects the taste of the wine more than the wine affects the taste of the cheese. A bold, highly tannic red wine cancels out the flavor of most cheese and leaves a soapy taste in the mouth. On the other hand, the buttery richness of cheese is complemented by a creamy Chardonnay or acidic Sauvignon Blanc.
Especially if there is a dominant characteristic in the wine — too much oak, extremely high alcohol content, etc. — it won't pair well with cheese. To truly understand the difference, I highly suggest you perform your own cheese and wine tasting. To learn how read more
UK's Buckingham Palace has been abuzz as Prime Minister Gordon Brown hosts world leaders from countries such as China, Japan, and the US to discuss key issues surrounding the global economy. Last night, finance ministers took a break from heated dialogue to enjoy a multi-course dinner prepared by UK celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in Prime Minister Brown's house at 10 Downing Street.
TV's famed Naked Chef cooked the dinner with the help of apprentices from Fifteen London, his restaurant that trains unemployed and at-risk youth. The dinner menu, which Oliver described as "the best of Britain," features organic, sustainable foods from around the British Isles. To see what President Obama and other leaders ate, read more
While I've stuffed a potato and bell pepper plenty of times, I've never had stuffed zucchini — until now! This recipe ingeniously fills the boat-like vegetable with a quinoa-white bean mixture. The technique is simple and can easily be adapted to suit your dietary needs.
Rice or couscous can be used in place of quinoa, and the combination of vegetables, nuts, and cheese that's stirred into the grain is entirely up to you. To learn how to make this innovative, hearty vegetarian meal, read more