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Posts from the ‘Hors d’oeuvres’ Category

10
Jun

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

6
May

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 »

12
Apr

Jungle Peanuts

A peanut is a peanut until you taste a Jungle Peanut which is the purest form of a peanut with the most outrageous flavor ever packed into a peanut shell.

Grown in the rainforests of the Amazon and primarily in Ecuador, Jungle Peanuts are an heirloom peanut variety that has a rich, pure, creamy flavor that actually tastes better without salt. Enjoy as is, mixed with dried fruits and other nuts for a homemade trail mix, or ground to make homemade peanut butter. Read more »

4
Apr

Beet Chips

Delight in the natural sweetness of beets.

Beets are not just for borscht or summer salads. With the highest natural sugar count of any vegetable, beets are often boiled, pickled, or roasted to use in soups or salads until recently when some very smart and creative people realized this nutrient rich vegetable can also be made into a crunchy, delicious snack food.

At Rhythm Superfoods, beets are gently dehydrated and then roasted raw or with a touch of sunflower oil to make a crunchy, delicious chip that naturally contains a lot of fiber, potassium, and other nutrients. Read more »

6
Mar

Roasted Kale with Sea Salt

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 »

25
Jan

Zesty Z™

Zesty Z™ is a new Mediterranean spread AND condiment made with za’atar (dried, wild Mediterranean thyme), extra virgin olive oil, and a variety of herbs and spices. All natural, gluten-free, and vegan, Zesty Z™ is versatile and delicious. Drizzle on hummus, avocado toast, cornbread, or bruschetta, blend a small spoonful on grilled vegetables or your favorite side dish, or spread a teaspoon or two on a wrap, panini, or focaccia. Read more »

8
Dec

GAEA Vegan Vegetable Spreads

Tis the season of hors d’oeuvres with holiday parties and family get togethers. Instead of overly rich canapés and other finger food, consider offering healthier choices in bite-sized apps whose foundation includes vegetables. GAEA – a Greek company that specializes in olives, olive oil, and Greek food products – makes vegetable spreads that come in two delicious plant-based flavors: Read more »

2
Sep

Miss Marjorie’s Steel Drum Plantains

Most people know that a plantain is a member of the banana family but many Americans don’t know that plantains are starchier (like a potato) and low in sugar which makes them ideal to make into chips. However, there is an art to making great tasting plantain chips and Donna Moodie of Miss Marjorie Restaurant fame (Seattle, Washington) has mastered it.  Her plantain chips –  Miss Marjorie’s Steel Drum Plantains – are a tribute to her mom, Marjorie who used to make them in Jamaica using only the highest quality ingredients. Read more »

7
Aug

CB’s Organic Naked Pumpkin Seeds

Not all pumpkin seeds are created equal. With 95% of the pumpkin seeds on grocery store shelves imported from China (labeling laws allow food manufacturers to do this by importing the raw seeds and processing them in the US), CB’s Nuts Organic Naked Pumpkin Seeds stand out in the crowd because they taste better, are organic, and grown sustainably in the US. Read more »

26
Jun

Tiny But Mighty Popcorn

The last few seconds of popcorn popping are some of the most stressful seconds of my life.

In Iowa, the phrase “corn is king” is often used to reflect the importance farmers place on the state’s most widely grown crop.  But in Shellsburg, Iowa – about 15 miles northwest of Cedar Rapids – the phrase “Tiny But Mighty” describes the non-GMO verified corn grown on a local farm that produces an ancient heirloom popcorn originally shared by Native Americans with a pioneer family in the 1850’s. Read more »