[1] Hatch chiles have a short growing season: just August and September (all photos except #2 © Melissa’s Produce). [2] Dried hatch chiles (photo © Otis Acres Micro Farm. [3] Once dried, you can enjoy Hatch chiles year-round. This Hatch-At-Home box from Melissa’s has everything from seasonings and salsa to polenta and popcorn. [4] For […]

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If you need a gift for a tequila lover, how about mezcal, tequila’s smoky cousin. The giftee can try a side-by-side comparison, straight up or on the rocks. Here’s the difference between tequila and mezcal. Here’s the history of mezcal.     BACANORA: A D.O. MEZCAL In April, IZO Bacanora won Best in Category at […]

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Glenmorangie’s stills are the tallest in Scotland—as tall as an adult giraffe! Such tall stills create more space for taste and aroma to imbue the spirit. The “giraffe-tall” stills are why they company has chosen to support Africa’s giraffes. The iconic species needs help to conserve dwindling numbers for the next generation Each purchase of […]

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Since the dawn of humankind, people around the world have eaten insects for protein. In [what is now] Mexico alone, a variety of tasty insects were eaten for protein by Aztecs and their predecessors. Here’s more about them. And here’s a Top 10 list. Personally, we’re not into edible insects just yet. But we have […]

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We love to give gifts of pimento cheese. It isn’t a “thing” in the Northeast, where we live. We can’t remember the last time we saw it in a cheese department. Yet it’s such a versatile cheese, to use on bagels, burgers, hors d’oeuvre, crackers and beer, and so much more. > Here are 20 […]

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Frankly Organic Vodka is a new brand, developed by husband-and-wife marathon runners who wanted to bring a “better for you” lifestyle to the spirits industry. They created a line of vodka with ingredient transparency—something they couldn’t find in other brands. As health advocates, they wanted to know exactly what was in the beverages they were […]

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Here’s a delicious bite with a Valentine’s Day accent—although it’s a yummy bite any day of the year (photos #1 and #2). Whether for your own home or as a homemade gift, a cheese lover may be more appreciative of this gift than with empty-carb chocolate or homemade cupcakes. The recipe takes immerses cheese balls […]

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For a tea lover, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for a special gift: tea with rose petals. Teas are not only delicious to drink, they have no calories and are high in antioxidants. The photos show a two teas from one of our favorite artisan tea blenders, Tay Tea. They, and the other teas listed […]

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