Why should you want to reduce LDL cholesterol? Short for Low Density Lipoprotein, LDL cholesterol happens to be the kind that you wouldn’t want to have plenty of. In simple language, LDL refers to the bad cholesterol, and while bad cholesterol is also needed by the body, levels that are beyond the normal range can […]

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[1] The classic: a brownie sundae (photo courtesy Dove Chocolate Discoveries). [2] A caramel pecan sundae atop a caramel pecan bar (photo courtesy Go Bold With Butter). [3] Hot fudge with blondie crumbs and raspberries (photo courtesy Elegant Affairs Caterers). [4] Strawberry sundae with cookie crumbles (photo courtesy McConnell’s Ice Cream).   We love to […]

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Yesterday we presented some non-traditional Valentine food gifts. Today, we take on the more expected categories of sweets, plus something with zero calories: artisan Valentine tea blends. In alphabetical order, we recommend: FEED YOUR SOUL: VEGAN BROWNIES This bakery’s lineup includes popular cookies and bars (chocolate chip, peanut butter, etc.), but our pick for your […]

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This is the first of a two-part presentation of products we’ve recently tried. They can be part of the kitchen pantry or given as gifts. And, they can be given as gifts for Valentine’s Day, instead of chocolate and cupcakes. In alphabetical order, they are: 1. BLACK DIRT CROWN MAPLE BOURBON Some people think that […]

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[1] The B & S Poutine Grilled Cheese Sandwich (photo and recipe © BSInTheKitchen.com. [2] Cheese curds are made plain or flavored. Beecher’s Handmade Cheese makes different flavors, including the Chipotle Curds in the photo (photo courtesy Beecher’s).   La Poutine Week (poo-TEEN) is here! Celebrated from February 1st to the 7th, it’s an opportunity […]

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[1] Chocolate lasagna: a happy Valentine Dessert (photo Persnickety Plates | Amanda’s Cookin’, photo courtesy Amanda’s Cookin’. [2] Stabilized whipped cream doesn’t collapse (photo Kuhn Rikon).   We love whipped cream, and we don’t care for Cool Whip. (Sure, we ate it in college from the container, like the other girls in the dorm. But […]

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[1] A conventional submarine. Save carbs with the cucumber versions below (photo courtesy Wikimedia).   How cute are these bites, from Pierce Abernathy of Tasty.co? A better-for-you snack for the Super Bowl or other nibbling occasions, the concept puts submarine and other sandwich fillings between cucumber halves instead of bread. Vegetarian sandwich, with mozzarella, with […]

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Sweet and spicy, with brown sugar and sriracha sauce, this bacon snack recipe comes to us from actress Valerie Bertinelli, who recently published Valerie’s Home Cooking (photo #2). She calls the recipe Brown Sugar Sriracha Bacon Bites Candy. Taste-wise, it’s an irresistible collaboration of sweet, spicy, and savory. “It’s one of my favorite appetizers to […]

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Bourbon ribs, garnished with scallions and parsley…and a side of crunchy cole slaw (recipes below; photo courtesy Jim Beam).   How to make ribs taste even better? Cut the sweetness of the barbecue sauce with bourbon! For Super Bowl fare, we couldn’t resist these ribs: the personal recipe of Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s master distiller […]

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