[1] Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee (both photos courtesy Fowler’s). [2] White Chocolate Cashew Toffee.   We love toffee/buttercrunch (here’s the difference). So when we receive a gift of it, we tingle with anticipation. Sometimes that tingle pays off on the palate, sometimes not. When you’re a food writer who has tasted thousands of products a […]

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[1] Chocolate Chip Chunk Cookie (all photos courtesy Gooey On The Inside). [2] A new classic cookie: Birthday Cake. [3] Red Velvet and cream cheese. [4] A terrific party favor or stocking stuffer: Molten Cookie In A Jar.   Have you ever had “the best cookie ever?” It’s not hyperbole; in any individual flavor there […]

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[1] Pernod created what is now called Pernod Classic in 1915, when a component its absinthe liqueur, wormwood, was declared illegal. See the history of absinthe (photo courtesy Liquor.com). [2] Pernod is a delicious addition to seafood dishes like this bouillabaisse, as well as cream sauces with seafood (photo courtesy Pernod Ricard). [3] Use Pernod […]

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We were thrilled to receive sample bags of Maddy & Maize, small batch gourmet popcorn handmade in St. Paul, Minnesota. More accurately, we were thrilled when we tasted them. Could they be the best flavored popcorns anywhere? The line is all-natural, which means no artificial flavors and color, no HFCS, non GMO, peanut-free. And most […]

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It seems that once or twice a year, a new brand of artisan ice cream pops up in a local store. Ice cream lover that we are, we try every one. They’re all good, but aside from the occasional groovy flavor, they don’t distinguish themselves from all the other good ice cream in the freezer […]

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Over the past 15 years, hummus, a Middle Eastern dip and spread, has exploded as favorite food in the U.S. We think of hummus as comfort food. Based on its nutrition, versatility and of course, taste, it’s a winner. Most people know that hummus is made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini (a paste […]

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[1] Raw chocolate drinks are made from organic cacao beans (all photos courtesy Rau | Facebook). [2] We drink Rau from the bottle, but you can choose your vessel. [3] Rau’s recipe for Chocolate Oat Brownie Batter oatmeal: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1/4 cup of Bold Original Rau, 1/4 cup almond milk, […]

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