[1] Not for the faint-of-palate: Jelly Bellys made with five different types of hot chile peppers (both photos © Jelly Belly). [2] Take heed: There’a a warning label.   If your Valentine likes food with hot chiles, a package of Jelly Belly’s BeanBoozled Fiery Five should be part of his/her Valentine’s Day gift. How hot […]

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Order quickly if you want this wonderful “Advent calendar”: Only 150 sets were made (photo #1). Unlike the old-fashioned Advent calendar where little doors were opened to reveal the day’s treat (photo #3), Woodhouse Chocolate’s 2019 version puts each treat in a separate, reusable tin. Each tin contains a wonderful chocolate surprise: hand-decorated chocolate figures, […]

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Our favorite Halloween candies were mini Almond Joys, Mounds, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Skor bars. But our palate has since progressed beyond their childhood charms. Thank goodness for Theo’s artisan chocolates. Theo has brought these and more into the quality-chocolate universe. Coconut Bites (an upgrade of Mounds) Coconut Bites Salted Almond (an upgrade of […]

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[1] One-sheet Pierogies Primavera. The recipe is below. [2] Mini Classic Cheddar Pierogies. [3] Mini Pierogi Skewers. Here’s the recipe. [4] Classic pierogies with butter and onions—and a bowl of sour cream. Here’s the recipe (photos 1-4 © Mrs. T’s). [5] Pierogi “Shepherd’s Pie.” Here’s the recipe from Cleverly Simple (photo © Cleverly Simple)..   […]

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It often surprises us to hear people who are perfectly dependable cooks say that they can’t cook rice. We’ve been cooking rice from scratch for many years, and the only time we’ve had a problem is when we didn’t check the time and the bottom rice scorched (which infuses the rest of the rice with […]

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September is National Potato Month (August 19th is National Potato Day). While we’ll share recipes later in the month, today we have a safety message. You’ve probably never heard of getting glycoalkaloid toxicity from potatoes. The effects are mostly gastrointestinal. They are often delayed 8 to 10 hours after consuming a bad potato. The poisonous […]

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