We have a few favorite crispy snacks to enjoy when we’re having a crunch attack, or when we want something to go with beer, wine and Martinis. We love them with soup, too, as a side or a garnish. And for general crunching. This week’s products, in alphabetic order:     1. GOLD EMBLEM ABOUND: […]

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There’s a lot that’s happening in the nondairy milk space, and most of it is excellent. This week’s Top Pick is Almond Breeze Almondmilk from Blue Diamond. Even if you’re perfectly happy with cow’s milk (as we are), you should give it a try. Some people seek nondairy milks because of lactose intolerance, kosher or […]

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We love mochi (pronounced MO-chee), an Asian-American sweet with roots in ancient Japan. For more than a millennia in Japan, mounds of pillowy rice dough have been stuffed with adzuki beans and other sweet fillings (photo #1, ice cream mochi, look similar). A dough of pounded, glutinous (but gluten-free) sweet rice flour is steamed and […]

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[1] Rustic Double Pumpkin Loaf is white whole wheat dough mixed with pumpkin purée and topped with pumpkin seeds. [2] Ready for snacking and dessert: cocoa-flavored whole wheat dough with chocolate chunks and dried cherries (photos courtesy Chabaso Bakery).   Is Mom a bread lover? How about sending her some specialty artisan breads for Mother’s […]

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[1] A calming herbal blend (all photos courtesy Steven Smith Teamaker). [2] The selections of black, green, herbal and white teas will please everyone. [3] Lord Bergamot, the company’s version of Earl Grey, blended to provide substantial bergamot flavor for which Earl Grey is known.   For a Mother’s Day gift of fine tea, look […]

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[1] Covered in top-quality chocolate, a couple of these mini pretzels are a guilt-free treat. [2] You can set them out for guests, but we kept the bag to ourselves (both photos courtesy Edward Marc Chocolatier).   You can find chocolate-covered pretzels in stores nationwide. So why are these from Edward Marc Chocolatier so special? […]

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We have our favorite cheddar cheeses: artisan wonders like Beehive Cheddar from Utah, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar from Vermont, and Fiscalini Farmstead Cheddar from California. Our favorite “supermarket cheddar”—the 7- or 8-ounce prepacked bars found in supermarket refrigerator cases—is Cabot Cheddar, available in some 30 varieties including flavors we love, like Hot Jalapeño, Habanero, Horseradish and […]

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