Grocery Product Reviews & Recommendations
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Think You Hate Sardines? It’s Because You Haven’t Had These.
These are our five favorites — and how to enjoy them.
May 1, 2019
8 Premade Soups Nutrition Pros Actually Recommend
Canned soups seem like the perfect backup plan — especially when you need lunch or dinner in a pinch — except for the fact that they’re not always the healthiest option. Often packed with sodium and other unmentionables, canned soups aren’t typically a choice that nutritionists or registered dietitians would recommend. The good news is, you don’t have to write off canned soups completely.
May 1, 2019
The Bargain Store That Has a Surprisingly Awesome Grocery Section
After moving apartments (yet again) earlier this year, I went to a big-box bargain store for some general supplies. And as an avid lover of grocery shopping, I couldn’t not check out its aisles of food. What I found really surprised me. Classy crackers that would automatically raise my social status! Craft sodas with trendy lettering! Sacks of milled flaxseed the size of an ostrich egg! Organic dried figs not in Fig Newton form!
May 1, 2019
The Best Canned Goods to Get at a Mexican Supermarket
If there’s anyone who knows her way around a Latin American grocery store in the U.S., it’s Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack. She a proud Tejana, born and raised in El Paso but strongly in touch with her Mexican roots. She’s also a food blogger and the author behind Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor, a cookbook co-written with her sister and mother, inspired by family recipes taught by her grandmother, Jesusita.
May 1, 2019
This Is the Only Premade Chili We Can Get Behind
Rachel and Andy Berliner, the married co-founders of organic vegetarian food empire Amy’s Kitchen, are both in their late 60s, are longtime advocates of plant-based diets, and are worth millions and millions of dollars. Meanwhile, I’m a 30-something whose blood type is mostly bacon grease, and my own net worth depends on how many cans of La Croix are stacked in the fridge at any given time. (Right now, my personal fortune adds up to about $8).
May 1, 2019
The Canned Vegetable That’s Really More Like a Guilty Pleasure
We often tout the benefits and virtues of frozen vegetables, but totally side-eye the other wondrous prepared vegetables sitting, ready to go, in the canned goods aisle. Even worse, canned vegetables are usually looked down on for the very trait that makes them inherently good: They are often cooked in the can in a sodium-rich broth, which makes them incredibly tender but also satisfyingly briny. There’s actually a lot to love about canned vegetables.
May 1, 2019
The One and Only Brand of Tortilla Chips I Buy
I was never consciously on the hunt for the best tortilla chips, but after years of tasting, this is the only brand I buy.
May 1, 2019
This Is the Only Kind of Premade Ravioli I’ll Buy
For most of my life, I thought ravioli at home was just something that was supposed to be mediocre. My mom would buy this no-name frozen stuff that almost always broke in the water, leaving the noodles to cook in ricotta water until they were far too mushy. When I started to cook for myself, I tried other brands and remained unimpressed.
May 1, 2019
These Are the Only Whole Peeled Tomatoes I’ll Buy
I love a plump, juicy, summer heirloom tomato as much as the rest of the internet, but the second they’re out of season I dramatically pivot to the canned goods aisle. With the exception of a pint of cherry tomatoes, which I find to be consistently good year-round, I truly can’t remember the last time I bought a tomato from the produce aisle outside of the summer months.
May 1, 2019
This Is the Best Almond Butter Money Can Buy
When we rounded up a list of our 100 most essential grocery items for Kitchn 100, I knew that Justin’s Maple Almond Butter just had to make the cut. (After all, it’s always on my personal grocery shopping list.) Any kind of nut butter earns a gold star in our book, but this nut butter is different. Justin’s Maple Almond Butter is so good, you’re going to end up eating most of it just straight out of the container.
May 1, 2019
The 5 Best Things to Buy from Amazon’s Weirdly Cheap New Brand
Amazon has seriously upped its grocery game over the past few years. In addition to acquiring Whole Foods last year, the e-commerce giant has launched programs like Prime Pantry and Amazon Fresh, which deliver fresh fruits, vegetables, and toiletries straight to your doorstep. But why stop there? Amazon even cut out the middleman by launching their own private-label companies. We’ve already talked about how much we love Presto and Wickedly Prime.
May 1, 2019
The Best Gluten-Free Flours for All Your Baking Needs
Once upon a time, if you went to the grocery store for gluten-free flour, you didn’t find much. Then things changed. Now, flour choices for gluten-free bakers can feel overwhelming. One key thing to know: Because no single gluten-free flour or starch behaves just like wheat flour, using a blend gives you the best results when ditching the wheat. But which blend is best? It depends on what you want to bake. And I should know; I’m the blogger behind Gluten-Free Baking.
May 1, 2019
These Vegan Mayos Will Help You Make Next-Level Sandwiches
There are those inexplicable individuals who abhor mayonnaise, and then there are the rest of us who say mayonnaise deserves a lot more credit. It’s a classic French “mother” sauce, after all. It’s almost pure fat, and any chef will tell you that fat is the best vehicle for flavor, and it’s super-versatile, able to mix into dressings, lubricate sandwiches, and help create crispy breaded crusts.
May 1, 2019
I Tried 8 Tubs of Vanilla Frosting and Now This Is the Only One I’ll Buy
We don’t always have time to whip up a luxe Italian buttercream. Heck, sometimes even the quick frosting recipe on the back of the powdered sugar box is too tall an order. For those weeknights when you need to get some frosting on your cake (or cupcakes or cinnamon rolls) fast, a tub of ready-made frosting is your best friend. But choosing one is a big decision, because if you pick a bad one, you might as well toss the whole cake.
May 1, 2019
This Is the Best Coconut Oil for All Your Baking Needs
Between the vegan bakers, Paleo eaters, and lovers of all things coconut, there’s a big market for coconut oil out there — and manufacturers have certainly taken note. These days there’s coconut oil at every supermarket, not just the health food stores. Heck, even HomeGoods is flooded with the stuff. There are dozens of brands to choose from, but there’s only one brand we reach for: Artisana Organics.
May 1, 2019
I Love This Soy Sauce So Much, I Always Carry It in My Purse
You might think it would be embarrassing to whip out your own personal stash of soy sauce when you go to a sushi joint. But you’d only think that if you haven’t had Bourbon Barrel Foods’ small-batch soy sauce aged in bourbon barrels. Once you’ve had this sultry, complex soy sauce, you’ll never go back. Really? You might think. It’s just soy sauce. Oh, but that’s like saying white truffles of Alba, Italy, are just mushrooms.
May 1, 2019
25 Cult-Favorite Condiments Worth Obsessing Over
How many of these have you tried?
May 1, 2019
The $4 Ingredient You’ve Been Overlooking in the Grocery Store Baking Aisle
Tucked somewhere near the cans of condensed milk and Jell-O pudding at the supermarket (or maybe by the hot chocolate) is a canister that will change your life. What’s in this oft-overlooked and unassuming little package? It’s malted milk powder. Okay, so malted milk powder might not change your entire life, but it very well may change the way you bake.
May 1, 2019
We Tried More than a Dozen Brands of Chocolate Chips — These Were the Best
Happy (chocolatey) baking!
May 1, 2019
The Condiments Kitchn Editors Swear By
There might have been some debate about what exactly constitutes a condiment, but one thing is absolutely certain: Kitchn editors love condiments. They occupy a whole lot of real estate in our fridges and are that little something extra that we use to take meals from good to great. Here are our favorites. I don’t have a huge tolerance for spiciness, but Cholula is an exception. I use it on my breakfast every single morning since it pairs really well with eggs or avocado toast.
May 1, 2019
Trader Joe’s Blood Orange Wine Is Late-Summer Magic
Step away from the cider. Don’t even think about making a batch of hot cocoa. Summer isn’t over yet, and Trader Joe’s has a blood orange rosé wine to prove it. In fact, this unusual wine is perfect for dealing with that awkward phase in between seasons. You know what I’m talking about: It’s not rosé-all-day season anymore, but you’re not yet at the ‘let me pile on the sweaters, and sit by a fire with a hot toddy,’ stage.
May 1, 2019
I’m Sorry, Trader Joe’s, but We Can’t Get Behind This Product
In its most recent "Fearless Flyer," Trader Joe's announced the arrival of a new condiment: Carrot Cake Spread. I'm sorry to say it was disappointing.
May 1, 2019
This New Snack from Trader Joe’s Deserves Some Kind of Award
So novel, so smart.
May 1, 2019
We Held a Blind Taste Test of Wines from Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Aldi — Here’s How It Went
Tasting wine isn’t just for sommeliers who can call what vineyard a wine came from in a single sniff. Blind tasting helps you hone in on what you actually like without being influenced by labels, prices, or marketing, so it’s something that anyone who likes wine should try a few times. Plus, it’s fun! In order to find out what people really think of wines from Trader Joe’s, Aldi, and Costco, I strong-armed a few folks into blind tasting them. My tasters?
May 1, 2019
Costco Is Having a Huge Sale on This Highly Rated Water Bottle
It seems like every company in the world is involved in the “personal hydration” business. That’s corporate speak for “water bottles,” and some of these bottles are better than others. While there are hundreds (thousands?) of pretty, Instagram-worthy bottles out there, they don’t all keep your water cold, clean up easily, or offer a leak-proof seal.
May 1, 2019
I Tried Trader Joe’s New Brussels Sprout Tortilla Chips
I mean, why not?
May 1, 2019
This New Drink from Trader Joe’s Sounds So Refreshing
You can currently buy a four-pack of the sparkling coconut water for $3.99.
May 1, 2019
The Controversial $5 Amazon Item I Always Keep in My Fridge
I often have lofty goals when it comes to my dinners. Around noon, I’ll start to plan the elaborate meal I’m going to cook myself, complete with fresh bread and a glass of wine. (Hey, I deserve the best of the best.) I’ll spend my afternoons daydreaming about flaky salmon, moist chicken, or cheesy potatoes. However, by the time the evening comes around, it’s a whole different story. At 7 p.m.
May 1, 2019
The Best Ways to Doctor Up Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Pizza Crust
Butternut squash is really, really good on top of pizza. But what happens when the butternut squash BECOMES the pizza? That’s what I imagine was the lightbulb moment somewhere in a faraway Trader Joe’s HQ conference room, during their company-wide brainstorm for their newest seasonal, alternative pizza crust offering: Butternut squash pizza crust.
May 1, 2019
Is Sabra’s Avocado Toast Kit Actually Useful?
Avocado toast has become much maligned in the last couple years, but let’s not deny the facts: Bottom line, avocado toast is a nutritious, simple snack, that, if you know how to season avocado properly, actually tastes great. It is certainly not the reason millennials are going broke, or a sign of the end times. So that’s why, on the surface, it should be good news that Sabra has made a portable, pre-packaged avocado toast kit.
May 1, 2019
Our Favorite Calming Teas You Can Buy on Amazon
Is there anything cozier than sitting in your favorite spot and leaning in to your mug of hot tea to smell the steamy herbs wafting out? It’s my nighttime ritual all year round, but even more so when it gets too cold to function outside. I’m not alone! Here are Kitchn staffers’ favorite teas that help us unwind and REMAIN CALM. All of them are available on Amazon, which means you definitely don’t have to go outside to get them! “This is my everyday tea.
May 1, 2019
My Favorite Olive Oil Just Got Even Better
Last summer I had the pleasure of interviewing Aishwarya Iyer of Brightland, a California-based company known for its high-quality, traceable olive oil and impeccably designed packaging. After trying both of Brightland’s offerings — ALIVE and AWAKE — I didn’t think their olive oil could get any better. Until, that is, I got my hands on their newest offering: LUCID. LUCID, Brightland’s first flavored olive oil, is made with 100% lemon.
Apr 30, 2019
I Tried Starbucks’ Valentine’s Day Cherry Mocha and I Didn’t Love It
Valentine’s Day, the romantic holiday people love to hate, is almost upon us. If you’re single, it can be a cruel reminder of how alone you are — but things aren’t much better if you’re in a relationship because there’s so much pressure to plan the perfect day with your partner. Regardless of your relationship status, there’s one thing we can all agree on: You get to eat all the chocolate you want on Valentine’s Day, no questions asked.
Apr 30, 2019
The 30 Most Brilliant Grocery Shopping Tips of All Time
Want to be a smarter grocery shopper? Then you’ve clicked on the right story! In this list, you’ll find the most brilliant secrets to saving money, cutting down on waste, finding the best groceries, and having a more enjoyable time at the grocery store. Because we all have to grocery shop — and it may as well be pleasant (dare we say fun, even?) and not a stressor on our lives or our budgets. Here are the 30 smartest grocery shopping tips of all time. THEY’RE A TRAP.
Apr 30, 2019
Trader Joe’s Sells a Version of My Favorite International Condiment
It's a squeeze pouch of the Indian-Iraqi-Israeli fermented mango sauce that you find everywhere in Tel Aviv. But is it any good?
Apr 30, 2019
I Tried 5 Different Kinds of Coffee from Costco and Found a Clear Winner
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I tried five different coffees from Costco and this one was (surprisingly) my favorite.
Dec 19, 2018
Monster Energy Ham Is So Odd, I Wish It Actually Existed
Last week on the internet I saw something that made me gasp. The below photo from the deepest part of your tastebuds’ nightmares was originally brought to you by Twitter user and Brandfire co-founder Adam the Creator (aka Adam Padilla), and was then shared by super popular online outlet First We Feast.
Nov 5, 2018
This Is the Only Olive Oil Ina Garten Will Use
No, it's not from Italy.
Nov 1, 2018
The Best Bottles of Sprinkles You Can Buy Online
Whether you're making a simple cake or you want it to look like a unicorn exploded, we've got what you need.
Oct 23, 2018
Kroger Is Phasing Plastic Bags Out of Its Stores
These days plastic is Public Enemy #1 and, honestly, we’re wondering what took so long. In the past year more and more Americans (and major companies) have become attuned to the harmful environmental repercussions of single-use plastic straws, plastic lids, micro-plastics, and now plastic bags. Plastic bags, we’re coming for you. Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the U.S., is about to make it a lot easier for shoppers to commit to being green.
Aug 23, 2018
The Trader Joe’s Snack My Whole Family Is Obsessed With — Even the Dog
I have a confession to make: My entire family is obsessed with a snack food that I initially purchased for my toddler. Like many new moms, I stressed over the importance of introducing peanut butter into my child’s diet. Too soon? Too late? A spoonful? A smudge?
Aug 23, 2018
These Are the Best Frozen Meals, According to Our Readers
Frozen meals have come a long way since the microwave dinners of the ’50s. And most of it has to do with two little words: Trader Joe’s. While they’re not the only players in the game of frozen meals, they certainly seem to have captured our readers’ hearts (and tummies). We asked you guys to tell us about your favorite frozen meals. Your answers included a lot of Trader Joe’s — and a few other name brands, too. “Traders Joe’s all the way!
Jul 25, 2018
The Grocery Store Section You Really Should Pay More Attention To
Picture this: You’ve invited everyone over for a barbecue and, as you’re chucking steaks, burgers, and chicken into your cart, you realize you need tongs, a spatula, and other basic grilling tools. You had stuff last year but it kinda got ruined (whoops!). With all you have to do to get ready for guests, you don’t have time to make another stop at Bed Bath & Beyond or Williams Sonoma to outfit yourself with equipment. Luckily, you don’t have to.
Jul 8, 2018
The Best Thing You Get from Sonic Isn’t on the Menu
I like to think I’m an unfussy person when it comes to most things kitchen and cooking — until it comes to ice. I have opinions there. If you give me options, I like it crushed. I know it melts quickly, and it really takes up a ton of space in the glass, but I just love the experience of taking a sip of a drink and having a bunch of itty-bitty glaciers to crunch on.
Jun 26, 2018
The Grocery Store Pasta Brand Italians Buy (and You Should Too)
Turns out, Italians have a clear favorite.
Apr 30, 2018
5 Specialty Chili Powders You Can Buy on Amazon
Bring a little something different to the pot.
Mar 23, 2018
My Favorite Vegan Cheese for Pizza Night at Home
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It adds a salty, mildly sweet, gooey pockets all over the tops of my pizzas!
Mar 21, 2018
The Best Grocery Store in America, According to Consumers
Every grocery store has its own strengths and weaknesses: Whole Foods is fancy, Aldi is super inexpensive, and Costco will sell you four-and-a-half pounds of its Kirkland-branded version of Nutella for $7.99. But according to a report on customer satisfaction in the U.S., the highest-ranked grocery store in the country is Publix. Publix is a Southern supermarket chain.
Mar 1, 2018
5 Italian Cooks Share Their Favorite Brand of Grocery Store Olive Oil
We asked five Italian chefs to nominate the best olive oils that can be picked up at the grocery store (vs. some expensive specialty food store).
Jan 28, 2018
This Seasonal Drink from Trader Joe’s Is Pure Magic
There are very few beverages that make me want to shout from the rooftops about their existence. I don’t hop on the PSL train when the leaves start to turn color, but I do make an exception for the tastiest thing you can get in a carton from Trader Joe’s. And guess what? It’s back! Wait, what? What’s back you say? It’s the Chocolate Peppermint Almond Beverage from Trader Joe’s!
Dec 1, 2017
The Best Butter in America Will Be for Sale for One Day Only
Butter connoisseurs speak in whispers about Diane St. Clair, the maker of arguably the best butter in America. She lives in Vermont, and the butter she produces there is said to top even butters from Normandy and Ireland. It’s rich and creamy, and it’s virtually impossible to get your hands on unless your name is Thomas Keller. Now her world-renowned, handcrafted butter will be available for sale for one day only, and it’s expected to sell out in no time.
Nov 20, 2017
This Grocery App Will Save You Time and Money
There are a ton of grocery apps out there, claiming to save you time and money. Unfortunately, most of them (like a lot of apps) aren’t actually worth the time it takes to figure them out or the money it costs to use them. There is one, however, that is super easy and convenient to use — and it’s free! It’s called Flipp and you should download it ASAP. The best way to know what’s on sale near you is to subscribe to your local grocery stores’ circulars.
Aug 18, 2017
The 10 Things I Always Have in My Freezer
I like to think that one’s freezer is a lot like one’s medicine cabinet. A peek inside reveals so much about the character and lifestyle of its owner! I suppose a refrigerator can offer you a similar insider perspective, but the freezer? Well, the freezer really gives you a look at the person’s future hopes and dreams — what is she stashing away in cold storage? — as well as one’s everyday habits and preferences.
Jul 12, 2017
Meet the Rosé Wine That’s Made Me a Monogamous Drinker
Wine snobbery is not something I take part in. I don’t always taste the oak in a chardonnay, I have a hard time pronouncing the names of most fancy vineyards, and I always feel like a putz when I swirl the glass before I take a sip. That said, I drink a lot of wine. As you may have guessed, I’m not discerning — I’ll usually drink whatever is around or whatever is inexpensive (and easily accessible) at the wine store across the street.
Jun 27, 2017
I Tried Every Single Alcoholic Seltzer and Here’s What I Thought
What alcoholic seltzer is right for you? I tried 21 different flavors and found a few favorites.
May 9, 2017
10 Fun Ingredients to Have on Hand Just Because
Snow days are like unplanned, inconvenient little vacations. All your plans are cancelled whether you like it or not. (Surprise!) Resistance is futile. There is nothing to do but lean in. That includes partaking in cooking projects and indulging in some special-occasion treats. What else are you going to do? Unpopped popcorn: The ultimate snack for hunkering down and staying in, popcorn is satisfying, festive, and very, very easy.
Feb 22, 2017
7 Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches (and Burritos) Worth Buying
We’d love to keep our freezers stocked with make-ahead breakfast sandwiches at all times, but sometimes the convenience of store-bought is just a gift. These days the freezer section is filled with an ever-growing selection of breakfast sandwiches. From choices in bread that span English muffins to tortillas, to meat-filled and vegan options, there’s a sandwich out there for every taste and preference.
Sep 10, 2016
I Tried Every Bartles & Jaymes Wine Cooler and Ranked Them
I still remember when (long before my 21st birthday), my dad tossed me a neon pineapple-flavored wine cooler at the beach. “It’s just a wine cooler,” he said, “It won’t hurt you.” Although that statement isn’t completely true (as many of us learned in college), there is something incredibly innocent about these mesmerizingly colored, dangerously easy bottled beverages.
Jun 21, 2016
Can You Recommend Good Red and White Wines for Cooking?
Q: I just started cooking with wine, and I love the flavor it adds to my food. Unfortunately, I don’t like to drink it, so I don’t know what a good wine for cooking would be. What are some recommendations for good red and white wines to use in my cooking? Sent by Madi Editor: Choose a wine that’s reasonably priced and versatile. With whites your best bet is something that’s dry and crisp, like sauvignon blanc, an unoaked chardonnay, or even sparkling wine.
Aug 25, 2015
Break the Rules: 10 Wines to Drink with Ice Cream
Who says you can’t drink wine with your ice cream? Ask most wine professionals, and they’ll tell you, “Pairing wine with ice cream is one of those ‘impossible pairings.’ Go with beer or have a sip of whiskey, instead.” But what if you are presented with a situation where wine is your only option, or what if you simply love wine and ice cream together? Adaptability is a positive quality, so let’s break some rules.
Jul 22, 2015
The 5 Best Trader Joe’s Wines (Under $10!) to Drink with Pizza
It’s Pizza Week here at The Kitchn, and pizza means wine. The classic combination of cheese and tomato will never get old, but I’m also glad that pizza now means something more. Pizza crust is basically a blank canvas, like a tortilla or toast; once you see it as such, the ingredient combinations are endless, as are the wine-pairing possibilities. Who doesn’t love finding a killer bottle of wine under 10 bucks? I certainly do.
Jul 7, 2015
10 Things to Buy at a Mexican Grocery Store
Do you shop in Mexican or Latin American grocery stores? If not, you may be missing out on some good ingredients — not to mention good deals on groceries you usually buy elsewhere. We sat down and talked to Top Chef Season 12 finalist Melissa King about some of her experiences with Mexican cuisine, and she shared with us some of the ingredients she always stocks up on when she’s shopping in those stores!
May 1, 2015
10 Grocery Deals to Stock Up on Before the Holidays Are Over
The holidays often usher in a surplus of grocery items that we don’t normally get a chance to purchase at low prices. As much as I want to start karate-chopping my way through the crowds packed into the holiday baking aisle, I’ll brave the hordes to take advantage of good deals on these staples. 1. Butter: It freezes like a champ and right now it’s officially the cheapest it will be all year long. 2. Parchment paper and muffin cups: Who cares if they’re red and green?
Dec 17, 2014
12 Pantry Items That Will Last Nearly Forever
Whether you’re preparing for a major pantry clean-out or you’re about to load up on essentials for holiday baking and entertaining, there are quite a few items where an expiration date doesn’t apply. When stored properly — in an airtight container, kept in a cool, dry place — there are a number of pantry staples that can last just about forever. We’re not talking until the end of time forever, although some of these staples just may hold up that long.
Dec 1, 2014
3 Aromatic Bitters to Fit Your Budget
Angostura is the most widely known aromatic bitters, but not your only choice when it comes to stocking this important ingredient of your 9-Bottle Bar. This week we look at a few strong contenders. Time to stop and smell the bitters. To recap a bit from last week’s introduction to aromatic bitters, we learned that bottles belonging to this category of cocktail “seasoning” tend to present a flavor profile that’s anchored in notes of bitter roots and baking spice.
Nov 12, 2014
3 Orange Bitters to Fit Your Budget
Now that orange bitters (along with a host of other varieties) have made their big, recent comeback onto the cocktail scene, there are suddenly a welcome wealth of options to choose from when stocking your personal bar. Discerning spirits shops and specialty-food stores have begun carving out shelf space for these diminutive bottles, making them more available to the budding cocktail enthusiast.
Oct 15, 2014
8 Dark Red Wines from Trader Joe’s for Your Halloween Party
Whether you’re attending a costume party, curling up with a horror flick, or simply handing out treats at your door, enjoying a decadent red wine with your Halloween festivities assures us that the fun doesn’t just belong to the kids. And nothing completes a convincing zombie or vampire costume like a glassful of deep, blood-red wine!
Oct 9, 2014
An Unscientific Taste Test of Maraschino Cherries
Orbiting just beyond the spirits, vermouths, liqueurs, and bitters that make up the 9-Bottle Bar solar system are a handful of important bar extras — items such as eggs, simple syrup, and grenadine — that bolster your home bar’s drink-making potential but which aren’t quite so essential to have around that they to warrant a place on the main roster.
Oct 1, 2014
6 Ways to Maximize Your Trip to the Farmers Market
Who shops and eats here: Batya Stepelman of Sparrows & Spatulas, along with her husband, Matt Berman, and their young sons, Otis and Theodore See her kitchen: Batya Stepelman’s Open, Garden-Powered Kitchen Where: Denver, CO Rent or Own? Own We recently toured the open, garden-powered kitchen of Batya Stepelman and were inspired by her city garden and how she finds ways to bring healthier meals and more vegetables to her family’s table.
Sep 18, 2014
3 Maraschino Liqueurs to Fit Your Budget
In last week’s column, introducing our friend maraschino liqueur, I noted that the stuff strikes some drinkers as an acquired taste. So maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the universe of brands of maraschino liqueur — available in the U.S., at least — just ain’t that big. It’s barely a solar system, in fact. Yet within this small world exists some notable variety. In other words, it still pays to be picky.
Sep 10, 2014
3 Dry Vermouths to Fit Your Budget
Among cocktail ingredients, dry vermouth is an unsung hero. As we noted last week, in our overture about this bottle, the bad rep it acquired in years past — as something begrudgingly added to a dry martini, lest it be incomplete or inauthentic — still lingers around dry vermouth. Which is a shame, because a good, fresh dry vermouth does wonders for a cocktail, and many good vermouths are also good and cheap.
Aug 14, 2014