December 30, 2005

Food News: Eminger Berries

"It is always exciting to find out you have such neat things that you can access right in your home town. Take a look at his website for luxury stuffed strawberries. These look so good and it is cool think of all the neat fillings this lady uses, and you can have them shipped right to you."

Full article here.

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December 29, 2005

Recipe News: Five 'keeper' recipes as we head into 2006

"These come under the category of totally unnecessary, but they appeal to everyone's love of the super deluxe-o. From "The Best American Recipes 2005-2006," (Houghton Mifflin; $26) which credits them to "The Weekend Baker" by Abigail Johnson Dodge." Includes recipes for:
  • CHOCOLATE CHIP LAYER
  • Lemon olive oil
  • Mojitos
  • German Christmas Coffeecake
Full article here.
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December 29, 2005

Recipe News: Holiday Italian biscotti

Includes recipe for:


  • Holiday Italian biscotti


Full article here.

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December 29, 2005

Recipe News: Salad of Spicy Greens With Champagne Tarragon Vinaigrette

Includes recipe for:
  • Salad of Spicy Greens With Champagne Tarragon Vinaigrette
Full article here.
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December 29, 2005

Food News: New Labels Make Tracking Fat Intake Easier

"It'll soon be easier to watch how much fat is in your diet, as the Food and Drug Administration unveils new regulations for nutrition labels.
Starting the first of the year, manufactures will be required to list how much trans fatty acids are in foods, News 3 reported.
Trans fats are a man-made, solid fats found in processed foods like stick margarine, chips, and cookies. They raise the level of LDL, or bad cholesterol in the body, and are a leading cause of heart disease.
In January all nutrition Facts panels will list trans fats right underneath saturated fats. You need to know both numbers to figure out how much fat you're getting each day."

Full article here.

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December 28, 2005

Recipe News: Caterer shares holiday recipes

"t's the 12 days of Christmas, time to go wassailing or maybe mulled cidering with 10 lords-a-leaping, a couple of French hens and a partridge in a pear tree. Or something like that. Basically, the idea is to get all of your friends together and eat and drink enough to finally get that danged song out of your heads."

Includes recipes for:


  • Whipped Gorgonzola on Pear Chips

  • Roasted Vegetable Gazpacho in Zucchini Cups

  • Carpaccio Crostinis

  • Pulled Pork on Potato Pancakes with Apple-Onion Compote

  • Mulled Apple Cider with Orange and Ginger

  • Glogg

  • Orange-Rosemary Spritzer

  • Frozen Bloody Mary


Full article here.

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December 27, 2005

Recipe News: Asian pork trendy, healthy

"Simplifying recipes has always been my goal on television," Ted Allen, the "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"' s food and wine connoisseur, told me in a recent interview. "Instead of standing around eating cereal out of the box, we can have smart, cool, easy food."

This pork tenderloin coated with an Asian-spiced glaze is adapted from one of the quick and easy recipes in Allen's new book, "The Food You Want To Eat" (Clarkson Potter, $27.50). Stir-fried broccoli with garlic soy completes the Asian-inspired meal."

Includes recipes for:


  • TED ALLEN'S GRILLED PORK TENDERLOIN WITH ASIAN FLAVORS

  • STIR-FRIED BROCCOLI WITH GARLIC AND SOY


Full article here.

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Recipe News: Orange-Kissed French Toast

"This isn't an everyday French toast recipe. Crispy outside, soft and moist inside, it's the perfect way to say "good morning" to special people on special occasions. The batter does contain liqueur, so it's for grown-ups only.

Grand Marnier is orange-flavored liqueur. It's expensive, but you don't have to buy a big bottle for this recipe. The little sampler-sized bottles sold at the liquor store each contain about 1/4 cup, so buy two for this recipe."

Includes recipe for:


  • Orange-Kissed French Toast


Full article here.

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December 26, 2005

Wine News: If the wine is cheap, that doesn't make it bad

"Mike Williams says he can taste the difference between a $5 bottle of wine and a $10 bottle. But when it comes to contrasting $30 and $60 bottles, his taste buds don't say much.

"I'm probably not qualified to tell the difference," the Walnut Creek, Calif., man said while shopping the wine aisle at Trader Joe's in Concord.

He placed an $8 bottle in his basket, then changed his mind.

Instead, he said, "I'll probably go for a bottle of Charles Shaw. It suits our purpose." At $2 a bottle, Shaw's wine, also known as "two-buck Chuck," is a "good everyday wine," Williams said. (The price varies from $1.99 to $3.39 a bottle among its stores, depending on transportation costs, taxes and state laws, according to Trader Joe's, which has stores in Cincinnati and Kettering, Ohio.)

The varieties and price choices for wine abound, leaving consumers to wonder what's in a price tag."

Full article here.

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Wine News: A lesson in how to buy sparkling wine

"For many, a sparkling wine is essential to ring in the New Year.

Texans will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a wide variety of traditions and beverages, and one of them is champagne — or sparkling wine.

“To be called champagne, it has to come from Champagne, France,” said Jason Falk, manager of Spec’s Liquors in League City. “But we know when you ask for champagne that you’re asking for sparkling wine.”

Sparkling wines come in a wide variety of sweetness levels and prices, so connoisseurs suggest that you let the store salesperson know what’s within your budget in order to get the best advice for your celebration."

Full article here.

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December 24, 2005

Food News: Tips for Holiday Dining Etiquette

" Where does the bread plate go? When do I put the napkin on my lap? When is it appropriate to use salt and pepper at the table? With holiday meals just around the corner, these are questions that may concern hosts and guests alike.

Good table manners are a matter of common sense and should reflect the most logical choices. One of the most important things to remember at the table is to be natural, without drawing attention to yourself. Consider the following dining tips."

Full article here.

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Coffee News: Boca company sends coffee to American troops in Iraq

"American troops stationed in Iraq have been keeping warm during cold nights with the help of a Boca Raton gourmet coffee company. Since July, officials at Boca Java have been sending numerous cups of coffee to overseas soldiers as part of its ongoing "Operation Million Cup" program created to recognize men and women in the military. According to Bruce Frcek, president of Boca Java, more than 363,000 cups have been sent so far to the soldiers. The company's eventual goal is to reach one million cups by January 1. "We're extremely proud of the sacrifice our troops make every day," Frcek said. "Doing this lets us give back in a small way and show our support for the hard work given by those in the armed forces." Full article here.
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Recipe News: A holiday breakfast treat

"This quick bread is my all-time favorite coffee cake. Based on a recipe from Cooking Light magazine, I first made this for a holiday breakfast several years ago. Everyone loved it."

Includes recipe for:


  • Apricot-orange Crumb Coffeecake


Full article here.

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December 22, 2005

Recipe News: Recipes help you cook up perfect pork chops

"Pork chops are probably the least intimidating cut of meat to prepare. Unless overcooked to the point of drying out, pork chops stay tender, juicy and flavorful.

That said, you cannot just salt and pepper a pork chop, toss it in the oven and expect to sit down 20 minutes later to a great-tasting entree.

Today’s pork is leaner and so are the chops cut from the loin area. In fact, it is estimated that pork today is 30 percent leaner than pork of 20 years ago.

Many cooks have adapted their pork chop recipes by adding moisture at some point during the cooking process to keep the lean pork from drying out."

Includes recipes for:


  • Smothered Pork Chops

  • Roma Pork Chops


Full article here.

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Food News: Large-size cookbooks offer a feast of recipes

""The Silver Spoon" (Phaidon Press, $39.95): Originally commissioned more than 50 years ago to collect and preserve Italian regional recipes, this influential book has been a must-have for the Italian home cook ever since. We’d be delighted to have copies in our kitchens, too, and now that it’s available in English for the first time, we can.

From marinades and main dishes to sauces, salads, souffles and sweets, its exhaustive scope reaches far beyond basic Italian.

Often compared to "The Joy of Cooking," "Spoon" (2,000 recipes for every cooking level) provides a broader range of recipes, but not as much emphasis on the basics. Frequently republished, the book has been regularly updated for contemporary tastes, but not at the expense of traditional foods."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Recipe and baking tips from Connie Johnson

"1. After Thanksgiving, defrost freezer and organize it to prepare for Christmas goodies. 2. Before baking, rewrite recipe in easy to read format. List ingredients in order of use (demonstrated in submitted recipes). Also before baking, have all ingredients and measuring tools, bowls, etc., ready and in place. 3. When making changes to a recipe, write the changes on a post-it note and stick it to the recipe. If the changes don't pan out, you can just toss the note. If it is successful, it can be written into the recipe. I also always make note of the date when I make changes and my perception of the results the changes produce." Full article here.
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Coffee News: Tasty Iced Coffee Recipe

Includes recipe for:


  • Tasty Iced Coffee Recipe


Full article here.

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Wine News: Screw caps better for wine says study

"Opening wine with a cork screw is quickly becoming a thing of the past and with 90% of local wine bottled with a screw cap new research shows the changing trend isn't just because the cap is an easy option.

A two year research project by the University of Auckland shows screw caps aren't just a convenient option - they're actually better than corks at preserving the fruity bouquet of sauvignon blanc.

"The screw cap wine can hold the components of sauvignon blanc better than the cork," says Dr Laura Nicolau.

A bottle of sauvignon blanc sealed with a cork lasts about 18 months. The same bottle with a screw cap will last twice as long."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Pasta e Fagioli

Includes recipe for:


  • Pasta e Fagioli


Full article here.

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Recipe News: Creme Brulee French Toast

Includes recipe for:


  • Creme Brulee French Toast


Full article here.

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Recipe News: Easy and enjoyable holiday recipes

"With the cold weather of winter upon us, why not try something perhaps a little out ot the ordinary. Especially nice for the holidays."

Includes recipes for:


  • Carrot Applesauce Cake

  • Hot Apple Cider


Full article here.

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Recipe News: Cocktail recipes

"Check out these drink recipes. It is always nice to see new kinds of drinks."

Includes recipes for:


  • JACKIE O

  • BLING BLING

  • MISTLETOE

  • Sparkling Sangria


Full article here.

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Cooking: A Q&A with ... Paula Deen

Whitney Matheson of USA Today has a Q&A with diva of the Food Network, Paula Dean:

"If you've ever watched Paula Deen's show on the Food Network, you know the country cook is mighty fond of fried foods, buttery desserts and the word "y'all."

In 2005, Deen's popularity spread from Hollywood, where she had a small role as Orlando Bloom's Kentucky fried aunt in Elizabethtown; to Savannah, Ga., where she operates two restaurants; to New York, where she developed another cookbook and other food-related projects.

Deen -- No. 53 on my top 100 list -- was on her way to the Big Apple with her husband, Michael, when we spoke last week. She's been so busy lately, in fact, that her voice was hoarse and she hadn't even finalized the guest list for her Christmas dinner."

Full article here.

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December 20, 2005

Coffee News: How to select the right coffee during and after the meal

"Most holiday dinners are made and presented with lots of care and attention to the taste of the food. But paying attention to what's in the cup can also affect what's on the plate. When entertaining this year, make holiday dinners more memorable by pairing the right coffee with your meal.

The level of roast — light, medium, medium-dark or dark — dictates the intensity of each coffee and helps determine what foods it will pair with best. The general rule is, the richer the food, the darker the coffee needed to balance the flavor."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Holiday Cheer In A Cup

"his week’s Taste comes to viewers from the home of Wayne Johnson where he and Jenniffer Weigel shared recipes for some of their favorite holiday beverages."

Includes recipes for:


  • Glug

  • Eggnog


Full article here.

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December 19, 2005

Coffee News: How to be a coffee snob

"Coffee - not gasoline - drives the American economy.

C'mon. People could theoretically walk, bike, skateboard or Segway to work. But we challenge you to find an office or shop that hums along efficiently without the productivity-prodding effects of hot java.

Of course, not everyone actually enjoys that cup of high-octane brew. Bad coffee remains a plague of corporate cubical mazes and Jiffy Lube waiting rooms alike.Starbucks - the Seattle-based coffee franchise king - may have injected phrases like "Mint Chocolate Chip Frappuccino" and "Caramel Macchiato" into the national vocabulary, but they've yet to exterminate burned, bitter, watery, bad coffee.Here's our solution. Soak up this primer on the nation's favorite non-fizzy beverage, then go forth and amaze your taste buds (and friends) with the magical properties of a wet-processed Papua New Guinea, a Costa Rica Tarrazu or a fruity, spicy Yemen Mocha.In other words, become a coffee snob."

Full article here.

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December 17, 2005

Wine News: Think outside the bottle for a wine-lover's gift

"Buying gifts for the wine lovers on your list offers many diverse and unusual options.

With each passing year, I see more and more creative, bizarre and genuinely ridiculous wine-related gadgets and Web offerings, along with new takes on old standbys — corkscrews, bottle sealers and books. There is absolutely no need to struggle with the "What wine do I buy for the collector who already has everything?" question. If you want to be entirely practical, I promise you that any wine lover — even one whose cellar is about to burst — will be very glad to have a good wine book, a good corkscrew or an extra wine chiller. These are all can't-miss options.

If you want to venture into more adventurous gift-giving realms, read on. Here's a mix of ideas new and old, some tried and some truly wacky, guaranteed to make your wine-loving spouse or friend happy enough to pull out something special with your name on it."

Full article here.

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December 16, 2005

Recipe News: Mariann Tallard's pumpkin cookies

"If you don't care for raisins try and use my favorite,chocolate chips."

Includes recipe for:


  • Mariann Tallard's pumpkin cookies


Full article here.

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Recipe News: Recipe: Chestnut Cheesecake

Includes recipe for:


  • Chestnut Cheesecake


Full article here.

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December 14, 2005

Wine News: Champagne: How Low Can You Go?

Wondering what to buy for your New Year's Eve bubbly? Well look no further than this NYT overview of affordable but good Champagnes:

"In quest of a few good bottles, the Dining section's wine panel recently tasted 25 Champagnes at the lowest price level, which nowadays can rise up to $30. Contrary to the blithe image that a tasting like this may bring to mind, it was no easy task. Champagne, especially cheap Champagne, can be harsh and acidic, and with 25 glasses before you, before long the tongue seems to swell and the inside of the mouth feels rasped by steel wool. Nonetheless, we were relieved and happy to find some Champagnes that we could recommend enthusiastically."
Full article here.

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Cooking: A Baker Rolls With the Technology

Get some ideas on new gadgets for your kitchen in this story:

"So, at a time of year when every baker has deep, childlike cravings for new toys, I tried to find some technical help. Over three floury days last week I put this year's crop of baking gadgets through its paces. My shelf of must-have tools already included a stand mixer, a kitchen scale, a Microplane grater and zester and a hand blender. But there is always another peeler to try, a new material to explore."

Full article here.

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December 10, 2005

Recipe News: Recipe for pomegranate and balsamic-glazed chicken

Includes recipes for:


  • POMEGRANATE & BALSAMIC-GLAZED CHICKEN

  • SPICY POMEGRANATE-BAKED PEARS

  • TALL REDHEAD


Full article here.

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December 9, 2005

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December 7, 2005

Wine News: Words on Wine, From Opposing Shores

"For two entirely different perspectives on wine, you can do no better than Robert M. Parker Jr. and Hugh Johnson. They are American and British, Venus and Mars, Vidal and Mailer, with each representing for the other much of what's irritating, if not dangerous, in the world of wine. What, then, could be more delicious than for both men to have written new books?"

"Mr. Johnson, the older of the two, has been writing about wine for 40 years. His new book, A Life Uncorked (University of California Press, $35), available next month, is not so much an autobiography as a loving but bittersweet look back at bottles he's emptied and the people and places that produced them."

"Mr. Johnson may move the mind, but Mr. Parker moves the market. When he loves a wine, the public tends to love it, too. In his new book, The World's Greatest Wine Estates: A Modern Perspective (Simon & Schuster, $75), Mr. Parker offers up his nominees for the 155 greatest wine producers. No doubt Mr. Johnson would dispute some of Mr. Parker's choices, but chances are he would agree with most of them.

This is a handsome reference guide, for the most part full of technical details that aficionados will dip into from time to time."

For more ideas on great new books about wine...

Read the full article here.

You can find all of the books mentioned in the above article at Amazon.com.

A Life Uncorked

The World's Greatest Wine Estates : A Modern Perspective

The Wines of the Northern Rhone

The Great Wines of America: The Top Forty Vintners, Vineyards, and Vintages

Champagne : How the World's Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times

The Science of Wine : From Vine to Glass

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Cooking News: Ever So Humble, Cast Iron Outshines the Fancy Pans

"The Minimalist" Mark Bittman covers the hows and whys of something that's been around in cooking for what seems like forever, but now seems to be coming back into favor:

"As cookware becomes more expensive and the kinds available become more varied, it's increasingly clear to me that most 'new' pots and pans are about marketing. For most tasks, old-style cookware is best. So these days when I'm asked for a recommendation, I reply with an old-fashioned answer: cast iron."

He goes on to detail why cast iron is a great buy, and explains the basics of seasoning and maintaining them. This is a great read. I own a Lodge grill pan and it does an excellent job for things like steak and chicken. Yes, cast iron is more work, but for some things, it can't be beat.

Read the full article here.

Check out the following items from Lodge at Amazon.com.

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet

Lodge Logic 10-1/4-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet

Lodge Logic 11-1/4-Inch Pre-Seasoned Grill Pan

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Recipe News: Pecan recipes

"This time of year the pecans seem to hit the shelves, here are some good ideas for them."

Includes recipes for:


  • ROAST QUAIL WITH APPLES AND PECANS

  • PENNE PASTA WITH ASPARAGUS AND PECANS

  • MICROWAVE PECAN PRALINES

  • PECAN BRITTLE

  • CROCKPOT SUGARED PECANS


Full article here.

Jennifer Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

Recipe News: RECIPES ON THE RUN | 30-MINUTE MEALS: Pork Medallions with Blue Cheese Chive Stuffing

Includes recipe for:


  • Pork Medallions with Blue Cheese Chive Stuffing


Full article here.

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December 5, 2005

Food News: Cinnabon celebrates 20 sweet, sticky years

"Late in the summer of 1985, Rich Komen was on a quest: to find the world's tastiest cinnamon roll recipe.

A deal to bring T.J. Cinnamons franchises to malls in the West had fallen through, and he had a shop that was going to open soon.

"There we sat with a site that was going to open in 120 days, and no franchise agreement and no recipe," Komen, owner and founder of Seattle-based Restaurants Unlimited, told The (Tacoma) News Tribune for a story in Sunday editions.

A five-member taste-test team tried out more than 200 recipes over the next few months. They knew instantly when their search was over.

"It made the hair on the back of my neck stand up," Komen recalled."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Da Silvano's Recipe: Braised Lamb Chops

Includes recipe for:


  • Da Silvano’s Recipe


Full article here.

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December 3, 2005

Recipe News: Recipe: Lemon cheesecake cupcakes

Includes recipe for:


  • Lemon cheesecake cupcakes


Full article here.

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Coffee News: Coke set to launch premium coffee line

"This Monday, Charlotte's Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated will be the first Coke bottler in the U.S. to launch a line of premium coffee drinks.

Coke Consolidated, the nation's No. 2 Coke bottler, is selling coffee under the "Cinnabon" name as part of a strategy to innovate with new products. The company is working with the line's maker, Brain Twist, to launch it at $1.99 per can in three flavors: caramel nut latte, cinnamon vanilla latte and espresso & cream. The drinks will be sold in cans.

"We think the Cinnabon brand is synonymous with warm dough and sweet frosting and we're bringing consumers a new experience in coffee drinks," said Lauren Steele, Coke Consolidated spokesman. Starbucks is "about to get some serious competition.""

Full article here.

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December 1, 2005

Coffee News: Coffee Perks Up Short-Term Memory

"Those morning cups of java might sharpen your memory so you can better tackle the tasks of the day, a new Austrian study suggests.

Scientists at the Innsbruck Medical University discovered that 100 milligrams of caffeine, the equivalent of two cups of coffee, increased activity in the part of the brain that is responsible for short-term memory, and improved performance on a test that measures memory function.

"We found modulation of a distinct brain area within the working memory network was more activated under caffeine compared to the placebo condition. This is the specific brain region which would be used for short-term memory function," said study author Dr. Florian Koppelstatter, a radiology fellow at the university."

Full article here.

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Wine News: A new twist for wine lovers

"- The next big thing for the wine industry could be small, screw-capped and shatterproof.
Single-serve plastic bottles are starting to show up on supermarket shelves in a bid to win over new customers by moving wine beyond posh white-tablecloth dinners to the informal ease of a picnic.
If one of the green bottles should accidentally fall, no problem.
"There's a more active lifestyle people are living, they'd like wine to be a part of it and it just was not convenient in the 750 milliliter typical wine glass bottle where you have to bring corkscrews, glasses, etc.," says Tom Slone, brand manager for Stone Cellars by Beringer.
Stone Cellars has been selling four-packs of unbreakable, single-serve bottles since summer.
The new, 187 milliliter (about six fluid ounces) bottles are part of a larger industry trend that includes boxed wine, cans and carton-type packages."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Enjoy Sugar Free Recipes For Holidays

"November is National Diabetes Month and the American Diabetes Association urges those living with the disease to plan ahead and enjoy the holidays.

The increasing popularity of artificial sweeteners suitable for baking, such as Splenda, has made it easier for diabetics to enjoy favorite holiday desserts. Experiment with your favorite recipes and produce a healthy alternative."

Includes recipes for:


  • Coconut Surprises

  • Pucker-Up Lemon Pie

  • Easy Pear Crisp

  • No-Bake Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

  • Rice Pudding

  • Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies


Full article here.

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