FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Spritz Your Dressings / Mist Your Salads

There are stainless-steel misters and acrylic or glass misters like this one, that enable you to see your oil or vinaigrette.   Even big companies are jumping on the bandwagon now, with prepackaged spray dressings. But we have been spraying olive oil and vinaigrettes from non-aerosol, refillable spray bottles for years before. The idea was…
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FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Flavored Mustards

Flavored mustards can transform a dish, adding almost no calories but intense notes of tarragon, basil, Roquefort or lemon to your sandwich, vinaigrette, potato salad or charcuterie. Or create a delicious crust on beef, chicken, fish, lamb or pork. Think of classic Dijon as vanilla, and start to expand your mustard horizons. We love the…
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FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Check Your Spices For Freshness

Here’s some sage advice: Every January, toss out all of your old herbs and spices and start the year with fresh ones. After jars are opened, ground spices and dried herbs lose their potency—that’s why those jumbo jars are rarely a bargain. Buy only what you use regularly. If you rarely use mace, e.g., wait…
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FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Gourmet Dieting

A great salsa is not only delicious but very low in calories. One of our favorite lines of salsa is Jardine’s, and one of our favorite Jardine’s salsas is the Bobo Salsa, shown above.   If your New Year’s resolutions include dieting, you can still enjoy many exciting specialty foods. We review several “diet” products…
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FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Regifting Food Gifts

If you received a food gift for Christmas that wasn’t to your liking—marmalade, spicy cocoa, flavored vinegar, whatever—don’t stick it in the back of the cabinet and forget about it. Products should be used within 12 months, or they begin to deteriorate—some items like cookies much sooner. Many products have expiration dates, but if you…
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