Agricola del Sole is an Italian company based in La Murgia, an agriculturally diverse territory in the Puglia (southeast) region of Italy (known as Apulia) that specializes in making traditional Italian foods including Tarallini, Racioppi, and Chianchette – small crackers made with durum wheat semolina, olive oil, white wine, and salt.
These crackers are typically served as appetizers with tapenade, olives, roasted red peppers, and various antipasto dishes but they are also an ideal snack as is. Read more
I’d say I’m about one cookie away from being happy… ~Snoopy
When I hear the words “Cookie Republic” I think of a country that honors the importance of cookies in our daily lives but Cookie Republic is actually the name of a company founded by a group of firefighters in Westchester, New York who recognized the importance of nutrition (two of the founding firefighters have masters degrees in nutrition) and flavor in creating a cookie that provides energy and satisfies that cookie craving. Instead of posing for the annual FDNY calendar (not that eye candy doesn’t fill an important public service), these buff, very fit firefighters are in the kitchen making cookies. Read more
On a trip to New York City, my daughter suggested we go to the Norwegian Christmas Fair at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church on East 52nd Street. Held annually in mid-November over a 3-day period, the Norwegian Christmas Fair offers handmade blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, ornaments, candles, and a wide variety of Norwegian food products including a Norwegian crispbread called Knekkebrød (pronounced “knockie broad”). Read more
When I was young I could never decide which was better: chocolate chip, peanut butter, or oatmeal cookie dough. When I grew up I still couldn’t decide if one was truly better than the other so after contemplating this dilemma for the better part of five decades, I had this breakthrough moment where I thought why not combine all three to make the ultimate cookie dough snack treat. Read more
Caveman Cookies are not for cavemen or women but for people who want a gluten-free, all-natural cookie made without refined sugar or white flour, dairy products, eggs, and salt. Made with nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, brazil, coconut, macadamia, hazelnuts), seeds (pumpkin, chia), dried unsulfured fruit (raisins, cherries, cranberries), honey, maple syrup, carob (a legume), cacao, pure vanilla extract, pure peppermint extract, and spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, chili powder, pumpkin pie spice, cardamom, cayenne pepper, Caveman Cookies are a healthy alternative to most cookies sold in the cookie aisle of grocery stores. Read more
Living Kitchen. Always Organic. 100% Plant Based.
Seven years ago when Juli Luna opened up Luna’s Living Kitchen, an organic, plant-based mostly raw restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, the response was overwhelming. Today, there are four Living Kitchen locations (two in Charlotte, one in Raleigh, and one in Chapel Hill) making wholesome, delicious meals and snacks for those who seek out healthier dining out options. For those who can’t visit a Living Kitchen in North Carolina, many of the signature snack foods including the Cookie Bites can be purchased on-line (www.livingkitchen.com) directly from Living Kitchen. Read more
Savory and delicious, Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers – Fine Ground Sea Salt – are crunchy gluten-free crackers that will make you think twice about snacking. Made with a nut and seed flour blend (made from almonds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds), tapioca, cassava (a starchy, tuberous root), organic sunflower oil, sea salt, organic onion, organic garlic, and rosemary extract (for freshness), Simple Mills Fine Almond Flour Crackers – Fine Ground Sea Salt – have nothing artificial, “ever.” Recognizable wholesome ingredients make for nutrient dense and great tasting crackers. Read more
When your brain is telling you to eat something “beautiful, delicious, raw, and healthy,” turn to GOODBITES® – snacks made by a California-based company that believes “all food – even snack food – can and should be nutritious and delicious.” Organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and plant-based, GOODBITES® Cookies, Macaroons, and Bites have no added sweeteners, artificial flavors, colors, or additives. No dairy, no eggs, no soy, no junk, ever! Read more
There are some foods you can nosh to your heart’s content……
Buckwheat is actually a gluten-free seed and not a wheat or grass as its name suggests. Popular in Russia and China, buckwheat is starting to gain popularity among the health conscious in the United States due to its nutritional content. High in protein, buckwheat is rich in complex carbohydrates, iron, selenium, zinc, dietary fiber, and four B-vitamins. Read more
Say the word “kale” and watch people’s reactions: a raised eyebrow, a snicker, or maybe a smile and acknowledgement that he or she is in on the news: Kale is a superfood rich in nutrients (Vitamins A,K,C, E, the B vitamins, and manganese) and minerals (iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus) that not only nourishes our bodies but is also a flavorful vegetable that can be used as a side dish or a snack food.
A rich dark-colored curly leaf cabbage, kale has many varieties known for a bitter and earthy flavor although Lacinato Kale (which is also known as Dinosaur Kale or Tuscan Kale) enjoys favored status because the leaves are a bit sweeter with a lighter, softer texture than other curly leaf kale varieties. Read more