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Start Your Day Like A Sherpa

Cherry Almond Cranberry Tsampa mixed with water makes a quick, good-for-you breakfast.

Cherry Almond Cranberry Tsampa mixed with water makes a quick, good-for-you breakfast.

 

You may never ascend Mount Everest, but you can eat like Sherpa climbers.

Those extreme climbers who lug gear and scout conditions at dizzying altitudes fuel themselves with Tibetan tsampa, a coarsely whole grain cereal made from sprouted, roasted barley.

The Dalai Lama apparently eats it regularly, too.

Now, Washington manufacturer Peak Sherpa, founded by Tibetans who were born in India, is making the cereal more widely available.

Sherpa Tsampa boasts more dietary fiber than oatmeal, is low in gluten, and boasts prebiotics to improve gut health. It is also low fat, organic and non-GMO.

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A Taste of Dave’s Gourmet Pasta Sauces; Plus A Food Gal Giveaway

Dave's Gourmet butternut squash sauce -- with my addition of crisp pancetta bits.

Dave’s Gourmet Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce — with my addition of crisp pancetta bits.

 

I typically favor made-from-scratch, but I am not above taking the easy way out at times.

Especially when it comes to jarred pasta sauces.

After all, they are so very handy to stock in your pantry, and they take well to doctoring with fresh herbs, sausage, veggies, and more.

San Francisco Dave’s Gourmet, which makes some especially good ones, was founded by Dave Hirschkop. After starting a successful taqueria in Maryland known as Burrito Madness, he created Insanity Hot Sauce as a way to subdue inebriated patrons. But it ended up being so popular that even perfectly sober diners became fans. How hot is the sauce? Apparently so explosive that his sauce was banned from the National Fiery Food Show.

His award-winning pasta sauces are tamer, but no less delicious. They come in seven varieties, including Creamy Parmesan Romano, and Organic Roasted Garlic & Sweet Basil. They are gluten-free and almost all of them are organic. A 25.5 ounce jar is $8.99. Find them at retailers such as Whole Foods, Sprouts and Costco.

The two Dave's Gourmet sauces you can win.

The two Dave’s Gourmet sauces you can win.

I had a chance to try samples of two of them recently: Wild Mushroom, and All Natural Butternut Squash.

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Spice Up Your Cooking with RawSpiceBar

Masala chai made with RawSpiceBar's recipe and peppercorn chai blend.

Masala chai made with RawSpiceBar’s recipe and peppercorn chai blend.

 

Do you love cooking with new spices, but hate searching high and low for more exotic ones? Or winding up with way too many bottles of spices stuffed into your pantry?

Then, RawSpiceBar is for you.

This monthly subscription service sends three new spice blends to your door each month, complete with recipes. Each has a theme, too.

I had a chance to test drive a sample kit recently. Although it’s called a “Monthly Spice Box,” the spices actually arrive in neatly sealed packets inside a brown mailing envelope, so there’s no box involved. Instead, it’s a much more efficient use of packaging.

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Kuvee — A New Way To Enjoy Wine At Home (Sponsored Post)

Introducing the Kuvee wine system.

Introducing the Kuvee wine system.

 

You might not guess from looks alone, but those bottles above are actually the equivalent of boxed wines. Only in clever bottle format.

Kuvee is a new wine system that not only allows you to open a bottle of wine and keep its contents stable for up to 30 days without oxidation, but to access information about that wine on a computer screen positioned where the wine label would normally be. You can even rate the wine or order more of it with a touch of the screen.

The wine system was founded by serial entrepreneur Vijay Manwani, who has already raised $60 million in venture capital investment for it.

So how does it work?

For $199, you get a Kuvee bottle with four wines, a mix of reds and whites, or only red or only white, if you like.

It's a system that uses specially designed wine bottles.

It’s a system that uses specially designed wine bottles.

Each wine bottle holds the equivalent of a standard 750ml bottle. But these are no ordinary bottles. They’re not glass, but plastic. A hard valve is inserted in the neck of each bottle, explains Michael Meagher, a Master Sommelier on the Kuvee team. The valve closes when the bottle is upright, sealing it airtight. But when the Kuvee bottle is slipped over the wine bottle, the valve is opened, allowing the wine to pour out. Inside each bottle is a collapsible food-grade film bag that holds the wine. As the wine is poured, the bag collapses, just like it would in a boxed wine. Once empty, the wine bottle can be recycled.

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