Mr. Tidbit: Nuts to you
Mr. Tidbit had noticed Planters' line of Nut-Rition mixed-nut products when there were far fewer varieties, but he just never got around to mentioning them. Suddenly (at least that's how it seems to Mr. Tidbit) there are eight, in cans of 9 to 10¼ ounces, each with a nut mixture emphasizing a different aspect of nutritional health — and four of those kinds are available as Nut-Rition bars, in boxes of six.
As always, faced with a choice of which nutrition goal he ought to pursue, Mr. Tidbit finds himself paralyzed: Does he want Antioxidant Mix, Digestive Health Mix, Heart-Healthy Mix, Omega-3 Mix, Men's Health Mix (recommended by Men's Health Magazine), the Bone-Health Mix, the Energy Mix or the Wholesome Nut Mix? (Mr. Tidbit assumes all of these are wholesome, so the Wholesome Nut Mix must be unbelievably wholesome.)
Mr. Tidbit is always fascinated when a new food product is introduced almost simultaneously by two or more competing firms. One of the more stupefying parts of that phenomenon is that the competitors often choose to offer the product in exactly the same sized package. And, typically, when one of them reduces that package size, they all do so.
Right now, at least, that latter situation is not happening — or hasn't happened yet — in cake mixes. Last October Mr. Tidbit noted that Betty Crocker cake mixes had shrunk from 18 ¼ ounces to 15 ¼ (and, he noted, still seemed to work fine).
To his great surprise, he must note that, seven months later, Pillsbury mixes have remained 18 ¼ ounces! (That can't last.)
-- Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
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"Les Petits Macarons: Colorful French Confections to Make at Home" by Kathryn Gordon, Anne E. McBride
Macarons, the stuff of bakers' candy-coated dreams, have taken the world by storm and are demystified here for the home baker. With dozens of flavor combinations, recipes are structured with three basic shell methods-French, Swiss, and Italian. With dozens of flavor combinations, recipes are structured with three basic shell methods-French, Swiss, and Italian.Try shells flavored with pistachio, blackberry, coconut and red velvet, filled with the likes of sesame buttercream, strawberry guava pate de fruit, crunchy dark chocolate ganache and lemon curd.
-- GateHouse News Service
Easy recipe: Tomato and Avocado Salsa
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 large avocado, peeled, seeded and diced
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon powdered cumin
Your favorite hot sauce (for heat)
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
In medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and hot sauce. Serve at room temperature for best flavor. For hotter version, substitute 1 seeded fresh jalapeno pepper for green pepper. Also, if you prefer, use toasted cumin seed instead of ground cumin. Yields 4 to 6 servings.
-- GateHouse News Service
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