Food Finds

Food Finds: Emily G’s Berbere and Turkey Chili

I am a sucker for the comfort classics, made the way I expect and hanker for. But there’s something exciting about playing with flavors and textures to create something completely original. That’s exactly what Emily G’s did. She took Berbere, an essential Ethiopian spice blend that typically includes ginger, paprika, cinnamon, turmeric and a variety of other spices and made an iconic […]

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Local Find: Jacobsen Salt

Ben Jacobsen first tasted fine finishing salt as a student in Copenhagen. He was hooked. A decade later, the Portland, Oregon–based salt maker is striving to become America’s only producer of fleur de sel, the crème de la crème of finishing salt. While he masters that formula, you can taste Jacobsen’s artistry in a surprising range of edibles, from fine […]

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A Pumpkin Spice Spread We Can Get Behind

We’ve been so obsessed with alternative nut butters lately (can you blame us?) that good old-fashioned peanut butter has been politely pushed to the back burner. But leave it to Jif to remind us of our first love—creamy, unbelievably smooth, and now seasonally spiced peanut butter. Jif’s Limited-Edition Whipped Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Pie Spice is light and fluffy with hints […]

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Get Inspired with These Spooky Halloween Treats

In honor of Oreo’s incredibly adorable new ad for their Halloween “Nomsters,” we decided to scour the Internet for some fun ways to kick up our festive food decor. We’re going beyond the dry ice in punch bowls and candy corn figurines (though we still love those too). Share links to your favorite spooky food ideas in the comments at the […]

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What are dried red lentils?

These legumes cook to a creamy texture that enriches many dishes. –by Naomi Duguid, award-winning cookbook author I love having a stash of red lentils (actually they are a gorgeous orange-pink color) in a glass jar in my pantry—they are just so beautiful. They are also a flexible go-to ingredient: They cook quickly in boiling water (about 20 minutes), provide […]

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Global Ingredient: Aleppo Pepper

This crimson Turkish pepper boasts mild, smoldering heat and a fruity, slightly sweet flavor. Aleppo is tamer than traditional crushed red pepper, ideal for dishes that need a little more depth and just a smidge of heat, such as deviled eggs, pan-fried chicken, or simmered lentils. Try a pinch in brownies or other chocolaty baked goods, too. It won’t make them […]

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Freezing Fire: An Easy Way to Preserve a Huge Harvest

It is indeed possible to freeze a cube of fire…and save your sanity while preserving a huge summer harvest. We’re not practicing sorcery over here — simply roasting and freezing hot peppers for quick recipe starters. In my own garden patch, I’m outdone with just how many jalapeño, serrano, Lemon Drop, and spicy bell peppers I have picked this week. Our August […]

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Pucker Up! Both Moms and Babies Will Love This Tart New Superfruit

A new nutritional powerhouse has hit grocery store shelves nationwide — just maybe not in the aisle you’d expect. We found the aronia berry — a tart, purplish-black fruit about the size of a pea — in none other than the baby food section. We were intrigued when Beech-Nut, whose latest line contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, told us […]

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Paiche: Chicken of the River

If you haven’t come to know and love paiche already, this summer is the perfect time. Paiche (pie-chay) is a sustainably farmed fish from the Amazon river that’s been showing up in more and more U.S. fish markets every day. There’s plenty to love about this 300-pound prehistoric river beast, beginning with the fact that it’s an ideal grilling fish. The […]

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Local Finds: Buzz Thrill

California-based Bloom Honey produces a line of golden nectars with an array of tastes that reflect the graceful, fragile dance between terroir and the bees that pollinate it. Buckwheat, blackberry, pumpkin, and avocado are just a few of the exotic single-origin honey varietals that David and Kelly Jefferson produce. Wild Cherry—the newest flavor, with elegant notes of natural cherry—is made […]

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