TIP OF THE DAY: How To Cook Beans

Beans are delicious, beans are healthful, beans are inexpensive protein, and we should all eat more beans. That’s beans made from scratch, not canned beans, which have a lot of sodium and a mushier texture. (But, let us hastily add: It’s better to eat canned beans than no beans). Beans can be added to green… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: How To Cook Beans”

PRODUCT: Oregano Indio From Mexico

If you’ve traveled to Mexico and enjoyed the cuisine, you can find most of the ingredients you need to recreate the recipes back home. But there’s often a certain something that’s missing. Steve Sando, proprietor of Rancho Gordo specialty foods, believes it’s the different oreganos of Mexico. “Each one seems a little different,” says Steve,… Continue reading “PRODUCT: Oregano Indio From Mexico”

TIP OF THE DAY: Bloody Mary Drink Bar & Snacks Bar

Here’s how we’d customize a spicy Bloody Mary. Photo courtesy Arch Rock Fish Restaurant | San Diego.   This has been a week of food bar suggestions for entertaining: Breakfast/Brunch Food Bars Lunch/Dinner Food Bars Dessert Food Bars   Today we conclude with two ideas for a drinks bar and accompanying snacks. FOOD BAR IDEAS:… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Bloody Mary Drink Bar & Snacks Bar”

TIP OF THE DAY: DIY Food Bar Part 3: Desserts

A simple creation from a s’mores bar. Photo courtesy Tastefully Simple.   Over the last two days, we’ve covered breakfast food bars and lunch/dinner food bars. Today: ideas for dessert food bars. We conclude tomorrow with snacks and drinks. FOOD BAR IDEAS: DESSERT & SNACKS Cake Bar: Angel cake, bundts, cheesecake, or loaf cakes (easiest… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: DIY Food Bar Part 3: Desserts”


If you need a caffeine jolt but don’t like coffee (or get heartburn from the acid), we have a delicious solution. COGO extra-caffeinated hot chocolate has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. We’ve had caffeinated water and double-caffeinated coffee and caffeinated mints, but COGO is the first hot chocolate or cocoa we’ve come… Continue reading “TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: COGO Hot Chocolate”