Making a rich, creamy (dairy-free) risotto is not on the top ten list of most home cooks but it should be because risotto is a dish that avails itself to dozens of variations and typically requires no more than 25 minutes of time from start to finish. The key to a great risotto is the quality of the rice, the ingredients used to flavor the risotto, and a commitment to stir the risotto as it cooks to prevent the rice from sticking to the pan. Read more
When your snack is this real, freedom is yours.
Made in Nature should win an award for the most original and fun snack name – Figgy Pops – but what they really deserve is an award for is for making one of the best organic unbaked energy balls on the market. Figgy Pops are bite-sized super snacks made with organic fruits, nuts, seeds, and spices. If nature made candy, then Figgy Pops would be growing from trees but instead we can thank Made in Nature for combining the best of Mother Nature’s most delicious gifts to make Figgy Pops. Read more
Parma Zaan Sprinkles are an almond-based vegan substitute for parmesan cheese. Dairy-free with all natural ingredients and no artificial anything, Parma Zaan Sprinkles is also notable for containing no hydrogenated fats or refined sugar. Made with five ingredients: blanched almond meal, sea salt, nutritional yeast, dehydrated onion, and citric acid, Parma Zaan Sprinkles provide the nutty, cheesy flavor we all love without the dairy. Read more
Rarely am I impressed with bread served in a restaurant so when a friend who hails from New York City insisted I try the Sunflower Seed Whole Grain Bread at Sant (St.) Ambroeus, my expectations were low. For me, the most excellent of breads must have aroma – that yeasty smell that is indisputably comforting, a crunch on the outside, a soft, chewy texture on the inside and most important of all: flavor. There are many loaves of bread that look good but very few that look and taste incredible. Just like men, right? Just kidding. Read more
A Dimple is a sweet, easy-to-eat seedless Mandarin orange that is nutritious and delicious. With an easy to peel flesh (the whole orange can be peeled in one piece, a Dimple is a hybrid (the “gold nugget”) of the Mandarin variety with a bright orange bumpy “dimpled” rind which is how the fruit got its name.
It’s not a coincidence the name of this fruit shares its meaning with the adorable result of a smile. Peel and eat a Dimple and you can’t help but smile, which if you’re lucky enough, will show in those cute dimples! Read more
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
Healthy meets Delicious.
Amazing Snack Alert! Those are the words I spoke after enjoying a few bites of the original flavor of Veronica’s Health Crunch – a 100% natural, non-GMO, gluten-free snack that is outrageously delicious.
Made of almonds, walnuts, pecans, cranberries (cranberries,sugar), raw honey, organic pumpkin seeds, roasted almond oil, organic unsweetened shredded coconut, and sea salt, Veronica’s Health Crunch is everything you want in a snack – wholesome healthy ingredients and flavor all wrapped into one amazing snack food. Read more
Where are my glasses?
People of a certain age (over 40) know that reading glasses are a necessity of day-to-day living because the eyes are definitely not what they used to be. If you’ve ever been in a dark restaurant and been given a menu with more than 3 items on it and not had reading glasses handy, then you know the sense of frustration at not being able to read the font that seems to grow smaller every year. Put the menu up to a candle and risk a bonfire and the ire of the server not to mention the fire department. Read more
Soul Sprout Granola Bars are nutritionally dense snacks made with a base of 12 ingredients:
- Four organic sprouted items: oat groats, buckwheat groats, millet, and almonds
- Four organic raw seeds: sunflower, pumpkin, chia, and flax
- Organic coconut syrup
- Organic cinnamon
- Organic sunflower lecithin
- Sea salt
The kiwiberry is the ultimate popper.
Kiwiberries arrived in grocery stores this week so grab a half pint container while you can. If you’ve never heard of a kiwiberry, then you’re not alone.
Relatively new to the US, a kiwiberry is a small green fruit (about the size of a cherry tomato or a large green olive) with a smooth (no fuzz) edible skin and a concentrated very sweet kiwi flavor that will have you popping them in your mouth as fast as you can chew them (which is really fast). Because of their size, the kiwiberry can be eaten like a grape but the little green fruits can also be cut in half or quartered and added to a fruit salad. Read more