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Posts from the ‘Hors d’oeuvres’ Category


The How Not To Die Cookbook

When the groundbreaking book, How Not To Die was published in December, 2015 by Dr. Michael Greger, MD, who had no personal financial stake in book sales because all of the proceeds are donated to charity (, the public took notice putting the book on the New York Times Bestseller List instantly and keeping it there for more than a year. Read more »


Tarallini, Racioppi, and Chianchette

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 »


Garden of Eatin’ Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips

In the Garden of Eatin’, no one cares about the apples because it’s all about the chips. Made with organic yellow corn, expeller pressed oils (canola, safflower or sunflower) and a touch of sea salt, Garden of Eatin’ Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips are simply delicious. With a big yellow corn flavor, these classic chips (what they look like on the bag is exactly what they look like in the bag) can be enjoyed au naturale, in nachos, or with salsa and guacamole…or, all of the above! Read more »


Norwegian Knekkebrød: Crispbread

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 »


Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP® Light Kettle Corn

Kettle corn – crunchy popcorn that is both sweet and salty – is without a doubt an incredible invention but the problem with most types of kettle corn is the fat and sugar content (way too high) so kettle corn is not an everyday snack for most people. Until now. Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP® Light Kettle Corn is a classic lightly salted (with sea salt) popcorn with a little cane sugar thrown in. Read more »


The Ultimate Pistachio or Olive Server

Pistachios and olives make great appetizers and snacks but the question always seems to come down to what to do with the shells or pits?   I often stand in the kitchen and eat pistachios right out of the bag holding the empty shells until my hand is full and then toss the shells in the trash can. Or, I enjoy the olives but then have to find a casual way to dispose of the pit so that no one sees what I’ve been gnawing on.  An empty bowl can be placed alongside the bounty but this is often less than ideal because who wants to look at an olive pit that’s been munched on or a pile of empty shells? Read more »


Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers

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 »


Avocado Toast with Radish Sprouts

…the avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise.   ~David Fairchild

How hard is it to make avocado toast? Not very but if you truly want extraordinary avocado toast then there are a few ingredients you need to use starting with a good loaf of bread – preferably a whole grain baguette that can be toasted yet still have a chewy interior texture. Read more »


Cabernet Estate Reserve® Tomatoes

Low in calories and rich in fiber, it’s a crisp, healthy pick, as easy to reach for as your favorite glass of wine.

Cabernet is often described as complex, full-bodied with dark fruity flavors which is exactly how a Cabernet Estate Reserve® Tomato can also be described. Never heard of the Cabernet Estate Reserve Tomato®?  Village Farms International – a Canadian company that specializes in greenhouse grown produce – grows Cabernet Estate Reserve® Tomatoes – a beautiful brown cherry tomato that is very complex starting with the color:  a deep wine hue with shades of vine. The texture is semi-crisp and the flavor is deeply earthy with very sweet overtones – which is how a sommelier could also describe a Cabernet. Read more »


Fever-Tree Naturally Light Tonic Water

If 99% of your tonic and lime is tonic, make sure you use the best.

With summer fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about refreshing drinks to enjoy after those long, hot summer days.  Few drinks are as thirst quenching as a large glass filled with ice cubes, tonic and a slice of lime with the secret in the tonic. Really good tonic has the perfect balance of bitter from quinine (that comes from the cinchona tree) and sweet that can be from table sugar (sucrose), high fructose corn syrup (fructose and glucose derived from corn), artificial sweeteners, or just plain fructose (a natural sweetener found primarily in fruits, vine fruits, flowers, berries, and most root vegetables). Read more »