There it seems that every area has its own specialty (near St. Etienne where I was there are Le Puy Lentils, Verbena liquor, quenelles- a puffed dumpling- just to name a few) or delicacy that is made exactly as it was in pre-industrial times.
Today I would like to post my first entry in what I hope will be a recurring feature of the blog, and that is kids’ (and adults’) tasting panel. I thought what better product to start with than what seems like one of the fastest growing markets for kids food products: yogurt pouches. There is … Continue reading Tasting Panel – Kids’ Yogurt
Today’s post is all about Ranch seasoning. Laugh if you will, I love ranch, and it has all kinds of uses that you may not have thought of. I think it has the perfect balance of salty, garlicky and herby, and the flavors really bring out the best in vegetables, crackers, and a slew of … Continue reading Ode to Ranch
I may be kind of alone on this as a US consumer, but I, for one, am a thoroughly puzzled by the snack bar category. Here, in a nutshell, is what goes through my fuzzy little brain as I drift down these aisles: First there is that vast selection of vaguely medical looking bars, many of … Continue reading The Snack Bar Dilemma
I never thought it would happen this way. Maybe it’s a cruel trick. My son is really, really picky. Like ‘chicken fingers are a coup because at least they’re not candy’ picky. How embarrassing for a mom food blogger! But if there is a silver lining, it has allowed me to appreciate just how frustrating … Continue reading Confessions of a mom food blogger with a really picky kid
Even though I have recently sought out sunnier skies, I still follow the winter weather around the country with great compassion. And there has been no lack of it recently. So I decided that, in honor of Chiberia, the new name given to the apocalyptic cold and snow Chicago has been getting of late, I would try … Continue reading Polar Vortex Cuisine
A little off topic today, but I wanted to share with you an article from NPR related to a field I follow with great interest, and that is the development of animal product substitutes. This article talks about fish in particular. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/01/23/379124798/will-environmentalists-fall-for-faux-fish-made-from-plants The thing that makes fish substitutes seem promising to me is that sea … Continue reading Faux Filet