[1] This spicy cranberry mocktail, with muddled jalapeño, easily converts to cocktail. [2] Ocean Spray Cran-Cherry is also available in a diet version (both photos courtesy Ocean Spray).   For non-alcoholic drinking during the holiday season, offer something more exciting than club soda or cider. Cranberry mocktails are especially popular during the holiday season, their […]

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[1] A gift box of Tayst coffee has 20 to 60 biodegradable K-cups (photo by Mary Ann S. | Yelp). [2] Finally, the greenest person can use K-cups (photo courtesy Tayst Coffee).   Committed environmentalists and those who try to live green are in a quandary: They may want the ease of single-serving K-cups, but […]

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Growing up, we had pork chops for dinner once a week. Mom pan-fried them with a Dijon glaze, and served them with sides of caramelized onions and her skin-on, chunky mashed potatoes. Caramelized onions mixed into the mashed potatoes, by the way, generates an even better flavor experience greater than eating them separately. Some caramelized […]

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Tribali foods was launched by a holistic nutritionist and vegetarian who sought to add meat back into her diet. But she wanted “clean” meats. That meant sourcing top organic cuts: grass-fed and grass-finished pastured beef, free-range chicken and humanely raised pork. She then created versatile, minimally-processed patties and sliders, and seasoned them global flavor combinations: […]

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November 6th is National Nachos Day, In fact, the dish was invented by accent, when customers arrived at a restaurant after the kitchen had closed. The manager, named Nacho (the diminutive of Ignacio), threw together some ingredients in the fridge to feed the folks. The rest is history (here’s a bit more on history of […]

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[1] Xocoveza, a coffee stout from Stone Brewing, has been described as “a liquid Christmas cookie” (photo courtesy Gear Patrol). [2] Amaro Obsidian Coffee Stout from Deschutes Brewery. [3] Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing is a milk stout with coffee, although adding it to a bowl of cereal is a personal choice. [4] The simplest […]

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[1] Miso snapper with steamed Asian vegetable mix. The recipe is below (photo courtesy IMUSA). [2] The original inspiration, Nobu’s black cod with miso (photo courtesy Nobu Restaurants). [3] Miso paste can be used in many dishes (photo courtesy Good Eggs). [4] Steamed Asian vegetables. This recipe from Julia’s Album serves them with peanut dressing. […]

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[1] Serve membrillo (top left) with a charcuterie and/or cheese board. You can serve it whole or pre-slice it (photo courtesy Volpi Foods). [2] Homemade membrillo from food photographer and stylist Melina Hammer. [3] Membrillo and the quince it is made from (photo courtesy Directo al Paladar).   Membrillo (mem-BREE-yo) is a semisoft cheese condiment […]

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