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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Avocado halves garnished with black and white sesame seeds, at Bo’s Kitchen.   We often enjoy an avocado half for breakfast, plain or with a splash of balsamic vinegar. We also have it as a first course with lunch or dinner. While we’ve filled the centers with everything from tuna salad to marinated cherry tomatoes […]

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[1] Mmm, mmm: black lentil chile with our favorite trimmings (photo courtesy Bittersweet Blog). [2] Black lentils (photo courtesy InHarvest). [3] Use black sesame seeds to garnish (photo courtesy NDTV).   Thinking of how to get through the Super Bowl without packing in calories and cholesterol? Like chili as Super Bowl fare? This better-for-you vegan […]

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