GIFTS: Asobu Cold Brewer & Drinkmate Spritzer

Looking for Mother’s Day gifts? Want to get the jump on Father’s Day? Want to treat yourself? Here are two kitchen items that got our attention—and given how many products we see each year, that’s hard to do!     ASOBU COLDBREW INSULATED PORTABLE BREWER For lovers of cold brew coffee, this beauty from Asobu…
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FOOD FUN: 400 Food Histories

[1] Food histories from A (almonds, apple brown betty, avocado and 14 more), to Z… [2] Zucchini bread (photo #1 courtesy Tio Gazpacho, photo #2 courtesy Betty Crocker). [3] The Edible Series books have deep histories of foods and beverages. [4] A historical novel for lovers of great food and intrigue. Get your copy on…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Willliam Dean Chocolates

People have asked us to recommend chocolates for Mother’s Day, and this year’s recommendation is William Dean Chocolates. We first encountered the brand at a chocolate show in New York City, a short time after its founding in 2007. The chocolates were—are—stunning, and the story of the chocolatier, Bill Brown, even more so (William is…
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GIFTS: Tasty Gifts For Mother’s Day

Looking for Mother’s Day gifts? Here are some tasty items that won’t break the bank.     1. CHUAO CHOCOLATE BARS Chuao (chew-WOW) chocolate is one of the leaders in America’s artisan chocolate bars. We’ve been fans for a long time. Give a gift set of these gourmet chocolate bars for to a chocolate aficionado,…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Fowler’s Toffee

[1] Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee (both photos courtesy Fowler’s). [2] White Chocolate Cashew Toffee.   We love toffee/buttercrunch (here’s the difference). So when we receive a gift of it, we tingle with anticipation. Sometimes that tingle pays off on the palate, sometimes not. When you’re a food writer who has tasted thousands of products a…
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