PRODUCTS: 5 New Specialty Food Favorites

Every week new products arrive at THE NIBBLE. Most are good if not noteworthy. Some are so good that they become part of our personal shopping list. In alphabetical order, here are five favorites of the last few weeks: 1. CAVA GRILL MEDITERRAEAN DIPS & SPREADS Cava Grill, a casual Mediterranean restaurant chain with locations…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Brighten Up Winter Meals

[1] Start with grape salsa and bruschetta, with wine and beer, as a snack or a first course (photos #1 and #3 courtesy California Table Grape Commission). [2] Another savory appetizer/first course: goat cheese cheesecake. What’s missing? The grape salsa! Here’s the recipe from Love And Olive Oil. [3] Move on to the mains; here,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Black-Eyed Peas For The New Year

For prosperity in the new year, it’s a Southern tradition to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day—most popularly in the beans-and-rice dish, Hoppin’ John. Other favorites are black-eyed peas and ham, the peas often combined with collards (photo #3). The custom is actually a lot older than the U.S., and began in the Middle…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Cookie Spread, a.k.a. Cookie Butter

[1] The original Biscoff Spread, used for filling cookie sandwiches at Picky Palate. [2] The European name for Biscoff Spread is Speculoos (photo courtesy Dutch Shop). [3] Trader Joe’s three private label versions include original, crunchy and cocoa swirl (photo courtesy Baking Bites). [4] A favorite flavor, from Tumbador Chocolate. [5] Even health food stores…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Ways To Spice Up National Spicy Guacamole Day

November 14th is National Spicy Guacamole Day. If you don’t like heat, regular National Guacamole Day is September 16th. Most people make guacamole to taste, adding crushed red chile flakes, some hot sauce, or minced jalapeños. But you can use different types of heat, all of which provide slightly different nuances to the heat.  …
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