An Apple A Day

Cover art by Karla Nolan

March 23, 2013

Plum Delicious!


Changing the way you view (and eat) plums forever, Sunsweet Bakery has  combined the dense nutrition of its highly popular dried plums with other purple ingredients to create an exciting new line of baked goods as healthy as they are delicious. New products such as Purple Country Bread and Purple Swirl Loaf Cake can now be found at Costco locations throughout Southern California and the Southwest.

"Studies have shown dried plums to be higher in antioxidants, higher in fiber, and lower in sugar than raisins and dried cranberries. Our plum infused product line is a natural evolution of the Sunsweet brand", said Tom Leahy, representative for Sunsweet. "By using our customer's favorite fruit as the key ingredient in our new line of breads, cookies, and pastries, we are creating exciting new taste experiences with a healthier nutrition profile than other similar products. Plus, by combining plums with purple wheat and purple corn, the products are not only further enhanced nutritionally, but they are also beautiful to look at."

 Never mind all that. These are DELICIOUS! Think of it—you can feel virtuous treating your craving for something sweet and yummy. The Breakfast bites are scrumptions and the bread is versatile—use it in sandwiches or as not-too-sweet toast.

 Choose from a wide variety of new products, including: Purple Country Bread, Purple Swirl Bread and Purple Dinner Rolls. The bread line features Sunsweet's Plum Amazins™, purple wheat and purple corn, along with 11 other grains.

For those who are health conscious with a sweet tooth, Sunsweet Bakery also offers Oatmeal Plum Walnut Cookies and Plum Walnut Breakfast Bites, both made with Plum Amazins™.

beautiful, nutritious, delicious.


February 13, 2013

All Aboard the Red Hot Special


Frank’s  has been synonymous with hot sauce since 1964. Frank’s IS Buffalo Wings. There are several varieties so you can really spice up pretty much any food. Frank’s Sweet Chili, Buffalo and Xtra Hot and Red Hot Chile n’ Lime will all lend a special bite to every bite you take.

And, if you are the Phoenix, AZ area Tuesday, March 5 or Wednesday, March 6,

The Frank’s RedHot “Get #Franked” Bus Tour


Catch The Red and Black Party Bus & Join the Fun!

 Participate in interactive games  Win awesome Frank’s RedHot prizes
 Taste delicious “RedHot” food and game day snacks
 Sample Frank’s RedHot’s great flavors—Original, Sweet Chili, Buffalo & Xtra Hot

Tuesday, March 5th at 1:05 PM
Oakland A’s vs. World Baseball Classic, Phoenix Municipal Stadium
5999 East Van Buren St. Phoenix, AZ 85008

Wednesday, March 6th at 1:00 PM
LA Dodger’s vs. Mexico
Camelback Ranch,
5999 East Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85008

February 11, 2013


Perugina, the legendary Italian chocolatier known world-wide for creating only the highest quality confections, debuts its specialty heart-shaped box filled with iconic Baci confections just in time for Valentine’s Day. “Baci” is the Italian word for “kisses” and the confections are produced in the hills of Perugia, Italy near the historic home of St. Valentine. Almost 90 years after their creation and in keeping with tradition, each Bacio (singular) includes a special message of love tucked into each foil wrapper. Legend has it that Perugina’s founding partners would express their sentiments for each other by passing hidden love notes in the Baci wrappings.

Baci are Perugina’s most popular chocolate confections and their coveted recipe has remained virtually unchanged since Baci were first created in 1922. Baci have a gianduia center, a sensuous whipped chocolate filling blended with finely chopped hazelnuts, that is crowned with a whole hazelnut and then enrobed in a silky, dark chocolate.

Beautiful, delicious and exquisite. A lovely gift!

December 20, 2012

Superlative Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are always a nice to give and welcome to receive compendium of items. But, there are gift baskets, and then there are Gift Baskets. Balducci’s is Some examples from Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market:

 Simply Sweet ($18): When the thought that counts needs to be both sweet and savory. Includes: Funky Chunky Popcorn or Pretzels and Balducci's Honey Roasted Peanuts. Even the fussiest connoisseur will find these delectable.

 Gluten Free Basket ($45)- Eating healthy never tasted so delicious! This yummy sampling offers a Pasta dinner, salty snacks and sweets to satisfy anyone who maintains a gluten free diet. Includes: Gluten free Tates cookies, Mrs Crumbles crackers, Divvies chocolate bar, Bionature pasta, Lucina pasta sauce and lentil crackers.

  Little Italy Basket ($50): Everything needed for an Italian feast; evocative of the tastes and smells of the Tuscan countryside. Includes: Balducci's Bolognese Sauce , Balducci's Marinara Sauce , Garfalo Pastas , Balducci's Pesto Sauce, Balducci's Olive Oil and Grissini Breadsticks.

 And for the ultimate of the ultimate--Mama Balduccis Cupboard ($150): A basket that harkens to the roots of our past. The taste of all the fabulous food that bears the Balducci's name. Includes: Balducci's Preserves , Balducci's Peanuts , Balducci's German Raspberries , Balducci's Olive Oil , Balducci's Pasta Sauce , Balducci's Colossal Pistachios , Balducci's Honey Bear , Balducci's Trail Mix, Balducci's Coffee , Balducci's Chocolate Bars , Balducci's Cocoa Tin and Balducci's Granola.

December 3, 2012

Limited Edition, Unlimited Flavor

Heinz Ketchup is giving its more than 1 million Facebook fans in the U.S. a hot holiday offer with the chance to purchase its newest limited edition flavor, Heinz Tomato Ketchup Blended with Real Jalapeño, before it hits retail store shelves early next year. Fans can purchase the new product exclusively through Facebook from November 26 through December 7 during “12 Days of Jalapeño Ketchup”. Coming just in time for the holidays, the limited edition flavor is a great stocking stuffer for the family member who likes to add a little kick to their meal!

Heinz Tomato Ketchup Blended with Real Jalapeño is the same thick, rich tomato ketchup with one ingredient added – real jalapeños. The unique, hot flavor is perfect for adding a kick to breakfast favorites like eggs and hash browns, or spicing up classics like burgers and fries.
It's Ketchup with a kick!

You Say Chips, I Say Crisps

No matter what you call these crunchy delights, you will love them.
Tyrrells, the quintessentially English chip brand prides itself on high quality chips made in small farm-to-fork batches. The company’s farm, in the West of England, only uses local potatoes from 10 local family-farmers, so that quality is always maintained, right through the year. Tyrrells believes in uncompromised quality and the seasonings are prepared with only natural ingredients. The result is great tasting whimsical flavors with no MSG, and completely gluten-free recipes. Tyrrells well-kept-secret-recipes are all part of creating a range of truly top-notch English chips.

The Tyrrells range in the USA currently consists of seven flavors in entertaining and quirky high quality bags:

Tyrrells Lightly Sea Salted – There’s no finer way to celebrate the humble potato than with a glorious hand cooked English chip unadorned but for a casual dusting of sea salt.
Tyrrells Sea Salt & Black Pepper – A crunchy celebration of a time-honored marriage; sea salt and that most cracking of spices – ground pepper. 5.3 oz - $3.99
Tyrrells Mature Cheddar & Chives – Little in life is quite as outstanding as the tangy hit of mature cheddar in concert with the wonderfully oniony twang of that most snippable of herbs, the chive. 5.3 oz - $3.99
Tyrrells Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar – Another of those classic English recipes – the use of the Cider Vinegar makes the flavor more delicate and balanced than the malt vinegar more commonly used. 5.3 oz - $3.99
Tyrrells Sweet Chili & Red Pepper – Nothing releases the taste buds quite like this subtly bracing coalition of sweet chili and red pepper. 5.3 oz - $3.99
Tyrrells Worcestershire Sauce & Sun Dried Tomato – A spirited fusion of sweet yet tangy sundried tomatoes with England’s finest export – the universally admired Worcestershire sauce. 5.3 oz - $3.99
Tyrrells Beetroot, Parsnip & Carrots – A colorful union of earthly beetroots, sweet carrots and that unsung hero of the Sunday roast: the parsnip. 5.3 oz - $3.99

Visit Tyrrells online at   Enjoy!

September 25, 2012

A Variety of Tortilla Chip

Do you like Tortilla Chips? Do you love Tortilla chips? Then consider trying these two new and very scrumptious variations on the theme.

Garden of Eatin’s  crunchy blue corn tortilla chip, Sprouted Blues--the first on the market made with the unique sprouted grains combination of brown rice, lentils, and quinoa-- blends a tantalizing nutty flavor with a distinctive hearty texture. 

The likewise appealing blend of great taste and important nutrients, Garden of Eatin’ Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips make snacking a fun-filled yet guilt-free taste sensation. Prepared with premium quality organic yellow corn and organic sweet potato that can be seen and savored in each chip, Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips provide 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per serving.  The taste is salty-sweet-crunchy. Very satisfying.

Garden of Eatin’ was established in the early 70’s. Their products are ground and cooked on-site and made with the finest quality natural and organic ingredients, including organic corn harvested on sustainable farms and expertly shaped into delectable chips via a slow-bake process that makes every bite an unforgettable snack experience. They are now part of the Hain Celestial Group.

July 31, 2012

Peanut Butter with Something Extra

   Do you wish your peanut butter had more oomph, but in a nutritious way? Planters has taken peanut butter to a whole new level for adults with added wholesome ingredients like bananas, granola, cranberries, raisins, cinnamon and nuts in their new Planters NUT●rition  peanut butter.

   Planters NUT●rition peanut butter has revolutionized the peanut butter category as the first national brand to include wholesome ingredients, creating an adventurous taste for your peanut butter palate.
Made with a peanut butter base, Planters NUT●rition  peanut butter is packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and 6-7 grams of protein per serving—making it a good source of energy.

The three delicious varieties are:
·         Banana Granola Nut

·         Berry Nut

·         Cinnamon Raison Granola Nut

The suggested retail price is $3.99 so why not try all three? Perfect to tuck in a backpack while hiking or having around the dorm when you need a healthier snack. All three passed the taste test with very fussy peanut butter lovers.

March 18, 2012

Break the Fast Deliciously

Thinking of skipping breakfast because you are in a hurry? You no longer have to sacrifice taste (and nutrition) for an on-the-go breakfast with the introduction of a new kind of breakfast from Kraft – belVita Breakfast Biscuits– lightly sweet, whole grain crunchy breakfast biscuits, specially developed to provide nutritious sustained energy to fuel your body for the whole morning.

belVita Breakfast strikes the perfect balance between great taste, a bundle of nutritious benefits, and the convenience and portability that fits into today’s busy, on-the-go lifestyle.

Available in Blueberry, Golden Oat and Apple Cinnamon

 Contains no high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils, and no artificial flavors or sweeteners

 Each individual package of four crunchy biscuits is portioned for breakfast and contains:

 18-20g whole grains per serving

 A good source of fiber and four B vitamins

Oh, and they taste delectable. A hint of shortbread, and who doesn’t like that to savor with a morning beverage?

March 10, 2012

Recipes for Delectable Vegan Muffins

Here is a cookbook to treasure and use frequently--150 Best Vegan Muffin Recipes, by Camilla V. Saulsbury presents not only delicious and easy to make recipes but the author has done her research. The front of the cookbook contains information preparing muffins in general and helpful details about the  different  vegan ingredients.                             
 A few examples of scrumptious recipes: Jelly Doughnut Muffins, Morning Oatmeal  Muffins (a very nice way to have your oatmeal and a muffin, too), Tropical Fruit Muffins with Coconut Streusel, Fig Date Muffins, Pineapple Lime Muffins, and Raspberry Vanilla Muffins, to name just a few of many perfect recipes.
 Published by Robert Rose, Inc. $19.95.                                                           
Sample recipe:

Strawberry Yogurt Muffins (page 50)

Makes 12 muffins

At the height of summer, you can't have too many strawberries. Here, they are enveloped in golden muffins. The slightly tangy, not-too-sweet batter is a breeze to mix up.

    Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C)


    12-cup muffin pan, greased

2⁄3 cup   vegan granulated sugar or    150 mL

     evaporated cane juice, divided

1 cup     all-purpose flour  250 mL

1⁄2 cup   whole wheat pastry flour     125 mL

1 tsp     baking powder 5 mL

1⁄2 tsp   salt 2 mL

1⁄4 tsp   baking soda   1 mL

11⁄4 cups halved strawberries 300 mL

1⁄3 cup   vegetable oil 75 mL

1⁄3 cup   vanilla-flavored soy yogurt  75 mL

1 tsp     vanilla extract    5 mL

1.   Set aside 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the sugar. In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining sugar, all-purpose flour, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.

2.   In blender, process strawberries, oil, yogurt and vanilla until blended and smooth.

3.   Add the strawberry mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended.

4.   Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with the reserved sugar.

5.   Bake in preheated oven for 19 to 24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer to the rack to cool.

Tip: Although they are somewhat harder to find, almond milk yogurt or rice milk yogurt may be used in place of the soy yogurt.
Excerpted from 150 Best Vegan Muffin Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury © Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

March 2, 2012

The Milk is IN the Granola Bar

Got Milk? Yep--and it is right inside these delicious new breakfast bars from Kraft – Milk Bites Breakfast Biscuits– lightly sweet, whole grain crunchy breakfast biscuits. When you bite into, say, the strawberry, you first taste the cool smoothness, followed a slight crispy/crunchiness and strawberry creaminess. An altogether very pleasant way to start your day.
Milk Bites strike the perfect balance between great taste, nutritious benefits, and convenience.
· Available in Blueberry, Golden Oat and Apple Cinnamon

· Contains no high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils, and no artificial flavors or sweeteners

· Each individual package of four crunchy biscuits is portioned for breakfast and contains:

- 18-20g whole grains per serving

- A good source of fiber and four B vitamins

Enjoy—just keep them in the refrigerator—the milk, you know.

December 22, 2011

Starbucks for Singles

Starbucks single serve K-Cup portions give coffee lovers who have the Keurig Brewer the option of having their favorite beverage right at home or the office without setting foot outside the door. able in K-Cups for the Keurig brewer. Currently available through retailers, the Starbucks K-cups will be offered  on the Green Mountain Coffee website early in the 2012. Varieties include: House Blend. French Roast, Breakfast Blend and Sumatra, to list a few.
An advantage of the Keurig single serve brewer is that you can buy an insert that enables you to, in effect, make your own reusable K-Cups.

December 17, 2011

Sun Dried Perfection

Looking for an easy way to add nutritious and luscious sun-dried tomatoes to your dishes? From California's Mooney Farms, family owned and operated since 1987, comes Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Halve and Julienne Cut in 100% Pure Olive Oil & Italian Herbs, Bella Sun  Luci Sun Dried Tomato Pesto with While Pine Nuts—this one is divine. Add it to your al dente pasta with  some olive oil and you have a very palate-pleasing dish. There are also sun dried tomatoes of varying cuts in handy resealable bags.

Mooney Farms also has a splendid Olive Oil you can be proud to serve and give as a thoughtful gift to anyone you know who loves healthful and delicious food. Their site also features elegant gift baskets.

November 30, 2011

Cooking for Real Sweepstakes

Just in time for holiday entertaining, Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads is giving away a Tassimo® Hot Beverage Machine (valued at $100), perfect for brewing anything from a refreshing cup of tea to a steamy latte during cold winter nights.
Part of Stonefire’s Cooking For Real Sweepstakes, winners will also receive samples of the brand’s Naan flatbread to try.
To enter, visit Stonefire’s Facebook page. The winner will be selected randomly from all entries and announced Monday, December 5th.

October 25, 2011

Do You like Chocolate?

Is that a Trick Question? No, but you might find a treat by tuning in this Wednesday, October 26 at 8:00pm EST for a live chat on “Tips and Tricks for Baking with SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate” with Yigit Pura, executive pastry chef at San Francisco's Taste Catering Co. and winner of Top Chef: Just Desserts Season 1.

1) Join by logging into Ustream and visiting the Scharffen Berger channel:
2) Join by logging into Facebook and visiting the Scharffen Berger page, UStream tab:
3) Join by following #ElevatedDesserts on Twitter

Chef Yigit Pura (pronounced Yeet) will answer your questions on everything from baking with chocolate to mastering the perfect cake texture to making a glossy, smooth ganache that will impress your guests every time.
Yigit has a lifetime of experience in the pastry kitchen, beginning his culinary career at age four in Ankara, Turkey. To help launch the Elevate a Classic Dessert with SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate Contest, Yigit specially developed this recipe to which he will share the inspiration: Chai Tea-Spiced Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache.
Up next for Yigit: the 2012 opening of Tout Sweet, a high-end pastry shop located in San Francisco's Union Square, followed by a cookbook titled "Sweet Alchemy" with Chronicle Books that will be released in 2013.
So, DO you like chocolate?

September 13, 2011

Naan at Home

Even if you have never dined at a restaurant that serves Indian cuisine, you may know about this delicious bread. Naan is an extremely versatile flatbread, great for dipping, making Panini and pizza, or served on its own.

The key to creating authentically light, naturally smoky-tasting naan is heat. Stonefire™ Bakery, makers of the # 1 naan in North America, is armed with the largest commercial tandoor oven in the world capable of the searing heat required for true Indian flatbread.

The Ajmera family, founders of Stonefire™ Authentic Flatbreads and baking veterans with over 40 years of experience, invented a new technology that perfectly mirrors the intense heat of this ancient oven and use a cooking method that dates back centuries. The naan is ready within seconds of being placed in the tandoor.

Available in original, whole grain and fire roasted garlic. Stonefire’s™ naan is hand stretched and prepared in small batches with Ghee (clarified butter) and fresh buttermilk, following a traditional recipe. Like all Stonefire flatbreads, the naan is made with natural ingredients and is free of preservatives, additives, artificial colors, trans fat and hydrogenated oils.

Stonefire Naan is available at select grocery stores nationwide for the suggested retail price of $2.99. For more information, please visit

August 17, 2011


So. You've got a sweet tooth. A hankering for a little something to perk you up but not fill you up so much that you won't want your next meal. Nothing wrong with that. How about have something sweet that also packs a nice bit of a nutrition punch as well?
Count on Clif to open up the flavor and variety selection:

Clif Crunch-- a crunchy granola bar made with organic ingredients  has 2 new flavors, Blueberry Crisp and Chocolate Peanut Butter.

Clif MOJO-- a yummy trail mix bar made with 70 per cent organic ingredients, now has 3 new choices for you, Chocolate Almond Coconut, White Chocolate Macadamia, and Dipped S'Mores, featuring soy white chocolate along with the other usual suspects in the craving-making campfire treat.


August 11, 2011

Fresh Coffee by the Cup--No Machine Needed

Take your brewer with you. With Dr. Drip Coffee, it's like your brewer is portable. Open the packet, place it on your cup or mug and and pour the hot water. Genius!

July 28, 2011

Alice Waters: Restaurateur, activist, author and humanitarian

On Friday, July 29th, One Kings Lane is continuing its partnership with culinary pioneer and philanthropist, Alice Waters, and unveiling exclusive, step-by-step recipes from the menu of Waters’ famed restaurant, Chez Panisse, the leader in the organic and locally harvested food movement. The recipes will be featured on the “Get Inspired” page on One Kings Lane – this will be the only online destination where you  will be able to learn how to prepare gourmet meals, a la Alice Waters, in your very own kitchens:

This is a part of One Kings Lane’s partnership with Alice Waters to raise awareness for developing programs around edible education such as The Edible Schoolyard (ESY) in schools nationwide. The ESY programs provide urban public school students with a one-acre organic garden and a kitchen classroom. Using food systems as a unifying concept, students learn how to grow, harvest and prepare nutritious seasonal produce.

In addition to these exclusive menus, Alice Waters will also be selling her cookbook “In the Green Kitchen” at a special discounted price for One Kings Lane members.

June 10, 2011

Eastern Mediterranean Cuisine

The title alone--Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume-- conjures up heady dreams of succulent aubergine, rose petals, pomegranate molasses and heavenly fragrances of an adventure in the kitchen. You might almost be content to just curl up and read London Chef Silvena Rowe's beautifully photographed cookbook. But gather your wits and try some of the inviting recipes, including Pink Grapefruit, Avocado and Pomegranate Salad with Nasturtium Flowers or Creamy Feta and caramelized Leek Borek (pictured at right) or Aleppo chili, or Hummus. Desserts? How about Pink Peppercorn and Cardomon meringues with mulberries and white chocolate? It is all so very, very tempting. So, just surrender.

Published by  ECCO, an imprint of HarperCollins