Staying in for Halloween? Want a quick and easy Halloween dinner? Here’s an idea from our colleague Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet Blog. She made her own black pasta, and used canned pumpkin as the base for the sauce underneath. Her recipe is vegan, but we took an easier approach: We purchased the squid-ink pasta. Then, […]

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Let the less sophisticated turophiles* make witches’ broomsticks out of string cheese. Here at The Nibble, we’re celebrating Halloween with sophisticated cheeses and…of course…pumpkin ales. If it’s fun you want, check out our article on Halloween fun with cheese. If it’s connoisseurship you want, keep reading. These cheeses belong on a cheese board, but they […]

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Here’s our last pumpkin pasta recipe of the season. October is National Pasta Month and National Pumpkin Month. National Pasta Day is October 17th; October 25th is World Pasta Day. October 26th is National Pumpkin Day. We’ve been partying with pasta: celebrating the harvest season and shortly, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Pumpkin recipes shouldn’t stop when […]

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[1] Pumpkin manicotti: comfort food for fall and winter (photo © Taste of Home). [2] Pumpkin gnocchi with butter sage sauce. Here’s the recipe (photos #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 © DeLallo). [3] This spicy pumpkin carbonara recipe is made with buccatini—thich spaghetti with a hole in the center. But you can substitute […]

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Meet 7 Deadly Zins, an old vine Zinfandel from California’s Lodi Valley. The 7 Deadly brand released its first vine in 2002. The company says that the brand was born from the winemaker’s Catholic school upbringing and lust for making hedonistically seductive* wine. “Sinful indeed,” they say, “our 2018 Old Vine Zinfandel is full-bodied and […]

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[1] Mmmm, pumpkin waffles (photo and recipe © Colavita). [2] Mashed bananas are mixed with the pumpkin in the waffles. You can also slice bananas as a garnish (photo © Jonathan Cooper | Unsplash). [3] Pumpkin is a great source of the powerful antioxidant, beta-carotene (photo © Libby’s). [4] The mineral and nutrient contents of […]

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Is there a special wine for Halloween? Absolutely: It’s the wine with the best costume. While our friend Ruth sews little ghost bottle covers, the vintners at Sonoma County’s Windsor Vineyards have dressed the bottle for you, with a choice of 18 special Halloween labels. It’s easy to get spooky with these Halloween “spirits”—the wine(s) […]

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Following on the heels of eating good food, the second-best part of our job is the thrill of discovery. Experiencing new categories or sub-categories of food and drink makes it a good day. Take wheat beer, for example. It’s a lighter style on the opposite spectrum of what we personally prefer (IPA, Porter, Stout). But […]

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[1] Sweet and crunchy apple, celery and peanut salad. The recipe is below (photo and recipe © Gelson’s Markets). [2] Sliced apples go right into the salad. The dressing keeps them from browning (photo © Stemilt). [3] A spinach, apple and goat cheese salad with pecans. You can add cheese and nuts to just about […]

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