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We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. As more people look for gluten free foods, brands are developing new and better products. Oats are inherently gluten free but often oat crops are rotated with barley (a gluten-containing grain) which can … Read More

Shop smart with new product reviews plus calorie information and shopping tips.

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Ravino Ravioli is a family owned business that produces handcrafted ravioli. The ravioli are frozen with 12 pieces to a box that are carefully packaged to prevent breaking. We found the pasta firm, not soft, which … Read More

Shop smart with new product reviews plus calorie information and shopping tips.

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Viki’s Granola was inspired by a mom who was baking a batch of homemade granola for a school fund raiser. The brand is NonGMO Project Verified , Certified Gluten-Free, and kosher certified (OK). The flavors are … Read More

Shop smart with new product reviews plus calorie information and shopping tips.

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. We must confess that we have been fans of Cabot cheese since we first tried it many years ago in Vermont when it was still only sold regionally. The Founders’ 1919 Collection harks back to the … Read More

Shop smart with new product reviews plus calorie information and shopping tips.

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Historically, many of our grains sprouted accidentally, but modern growing and harvesting controls have largely eradicated sprouted grains from our diets. Proponents claim that grains that have just begun sprouting – those that are straddling the line … Read More

Shop smart with new product reviews plus calorie information and shopping tips.

Can you use cracked eggs? Don’t buy cracked eggs but if one is cracked accidentally, break the egg into a clean container, cover and use within 2 days. If an eggshell cracks during cooking, the egg is safe to eat. Is the green ring around the yolk of a hard cooked egg safe? Yes. Sulfur and iron compounds leech out … Read More

Shop smart with new product reviews plus calorie information and shopping tips.

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. We first tried Halo Top Creamery ice cream in 2013. This light ice cream brand has added three new flavors which continue the company’s focus on lower calories and sugar and more protein and fiber than … Read More

Shop smart with new product reviews plus calorie information and shopping tips.

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. My first impression of Rishi Tea was what beautiful packaging. Not only are the boxes attractive but each provides information about the tea — ingredients, brewing guide, and caffeine level along with the tea’s source, cultivator and … Read More

Shop smart with new product reviews plus calorie information and shopping tips.

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. What could be bad about dark chocolate combined with macadamia nuts – very little? Roasted macadamia nuts, grown in Hawaii, with fruit-infused dark chocolate are the latest addition to the Royal Hawaiian Orchards brand. Dark Chocolate Macadamias are NonGMO Project … Read More

Shop smart with new product reviews plus calorie information and shopping tips.

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Ips has just relaunched its pressure-puffed, light, crunchy chips with 6 grams of protein in 1 serving. Research has shown that protein promotes satiety and aids in weight loss because if you feel fuller longer … Read More