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Brooklyn Popcorn and a Food Gal Giveaway

Monday, 10. February 2014 5:25

The "New York Mix'' from Brooklyn Popcorn.

The “New York Mix” from Brooklyn Popcorn.

I have a weakness for cheese popcorn. Always have.

And I’m not about to turn down caramel corn. Not ever.

But eating both those ying-yang flavors together in one mouthful?

Surprisingly, it works. Brooklyn Popcorn knows our palates better than we do, especially when it comes to how well the combo of sweet and salty works in harmony.

Brooklyn Popcorn’s food truck roams the streets of New York, enticing folks with the aroma of fresh popped popcorn in flavors that range from plain to coconut caramel to dill pickle to ketchup. Now, it also operates an online store.

When the company approached me to try a sample, I couldn’t resist its “New York Popcorn Mix” of white cheddar cheese and caramel popcorn.

The popcorn itself is delightfully crunchy and like all good popcorn, fairly addictive. The caramel corn in particular is quite crisp with a deep bronzed sugar taste. The cheese popcorn is much more subtle. You get a slight saltiness and just a little sharpness. I actually wish it was more pronounced.

The popcorn is available in different-sized containers, including the one I received, a 1-gallon tin for $28.95.

Sweet and salty -- in one bite.

Sweet and salty — in one bite.

CONTEST: One lucky Food Gal reader will win a $20 gift card to Brooklyn Popcorn. Entries, limited to those in the continental United States, will be accepted through midnight PST Feb. 15. Winner will be announced on Feb. 17.

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New Newman’s Own Organics Cookies

Wednesday, 15. January 2014 5:25

Vanilla Newman-O's (foreground) and Spelt Ginger Snaps (back) by Newman's Own Organics.

Vanilla Newman-O’s (foreground) and Spelt Ginger Snaps (back) by Newman’s Own Organics.

After stuffing yourself with all of those holiday sweets, you’ve probably vowed to stay away from cookies — at least for awhile.

If you’re like me, though, that’s a resolution that’s all too easily broken.

If you do give in to temptation, you can at least do so with some degree of virtuousness with new Newman’s Own Organics cookies.

That’s because they’re made with all organic ingredients.

And the new Newman’s Own Organics Family Recipe Ginger Snap Cookies also are now made with spelt, an ancient type of wheat that is high in protein and fiber.

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Gifts for Yourself

Wednesday, 25. December 2013 5:25

Relax with Spiced Wine -- hot, cold or room temperature.

Relax with Spiced Wine — hot, cold or room temperature. (Photo by Carolyn Jung)

 

If all that cooking, entertaining and shopping over the holidays has run you ragged, it’s time you gave yourself a little present, don’t you think?

Here are a few definitely worth considering.

Spicy Vines

There’s little that’s more relaxing than kicking off your shoes with a glass of red wine after a long, hard day.

Imagine one crafted from Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Syrah, Granache and a bit of Sauvignon Blanc brandy, and imbued with heady spices to snuggle up with.

That’s what you’ll discover in Spiced Wine by Spicy Vines, which Bay Area founders Crystalyn Hoffman and Anders Pederson modeled after mulled wine or glogg.

Surprisingly, the sample I tried was not the over-powering, ultra-alcoholic, hit-you-in-the-face sweet mulled wine I’m accustomed to. Instead, it’s quite balanced and enjoyable.

At room temperature, the orange, clove and cinnamon are quite evident on the nose. It’s a festive-tasting drink with good structure and flavors of warm baking spices and deep, dark fruit.

When warmed — which you can do easily in the microwave — the citrus become more muted and the tannins more present.

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NadaMoo! Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Ice Cream

Monday, 23. December 2013 5:25

"Gotta Do Chocolate'' NadaMoo! dairy-free ice cream.

“Gotta Do Chocolate” NadaMoo! dairy-free ice cream.

How cute is the name, NadaMoo!?

As you can tell, there is no cow’s milk in this ice cream.

Instead, it’s made with organic coconut milk.

That makes this ideal for friends and family members who can’t tolerate dairy. It’s also gluten-free and sweetened with agave nectar. If you need an easy, last-minute dessert for the holidays, just serve scoops in a festive martini glass.

A 1/2 cup serving has 130 calories and 7 g of total fat, both far less than regular premium ice cream.

But does it satisfy as much as the premium stuff?

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Your Chance to Win A Copy of My “San Francisco Chef’s Table” Cookbook

Monday, 16. December 2013 5:26

SanFrancisoChefsTableCover

After doing so many giveaways on this blog, I’d be remiss not to do one for my own new cookbook, “San Francisco Chef’s Table” (Lyons Press), wouldn’t I?

So, here’s your chance to win a copy of the book that I will autograph to you or to whomever you please.

The cookbook is a tantalizing compilation of 54 restaurants and 79 recipes from the food-centric San Francisco Bay Area.

You’ll find everything from trendy new places to landmark establishments — along with dishes that exemplify their individual spirit and unique cuisine.

Each restaurant entry is illustrated by gorgeous photos, too, by award-winning photographer Craig Lee.

I’ve been having a ball hosting cooking demos and signing events with some of the featured chefs, and look forward to many more in the new year to come.

Yours truly, flanked by chefs Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone of Ame and Terra restaurants. Taken just before the start of our Macy's Union Square San Francisco event. (Photo taken by Craig Lee)

Yours truly, flanked by chefs Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone of Ame and Terra restaurants. Taken just before the start of our Macy’s Union Square San Francisco event. (Photo taken by Craig Lee)

CONTEST: One lucky Food Gal reader will win a signed copy of my new cookbook. Entries, limited to those in the continental United States, will be accepted through midnight PST Dec. 21. Winner will be announced Dec. 23.

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