Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Taste Test

Taste test: hazelnut coffee pods

Taste test: hazelnut coffee pods

While I was enjoying a croissant at a local French cafe this summer, a family from Wales walked in and asked for a strong cup of coffee. Luckily, the bakery sold a bold, locally roasted blend that hit the mark. They reminded me of the coffee drinkers...
Published: 08/20/18
Taste test: Texas toast

Taste test: Texas toast

Texas may have invented extra thick and buttery toast, but plenty of us enjoy the slathered slices with our own barbecues or Italian night dinners. Our judges like the addition of cheese to the toast, browned in the oven with a few herbs dotting the ...
Published: 08/13/18
Taste test: Ginger salad dressing

Taste test: Ginger salad dressing

After years of enjoying Japanese restaurants, I have tried numerous times to re-create a delicious ginger salad dressing. Every time, though, I fall short of that tangy-sweet balance and chunky gingery mixture that perks up even a plain, green salad....
Updated one month ago
Taste test: Coffee-flavored ice cream

Taste test: Coffee-flavored ice cream

Always looking for creative summer desserts, I once tuned in to see a television chef put together an impromptu dinner party with foods she had in her pantry. Dessert, too, was easily arranged from her freezer. She took a few different flavors of gel...
Updated one month ago
Taste test: Sourdough bread

Taste test: Sourdough bread

If I was stranded on a desert island and offered only one food item, I would likely pick sourdough bread. I love a hot, crusty slice slathered in salty butter. Admittedly, it’s a diet breaker, so I choose my bread carefully. I prefer freshly baked lo...
Updated one month ago
Taste test: New snacks from Klondike, Quaker, Planters and Lay’s

Taste test: New snacks from Klondike, Quaker, Planters and Lay’s

Every parent knows the need to stock up the snack cupboard when their children are around for the summer. I am not sure whether they get hungrier in the hot weather or just bored. But judges said their children always want something to eat when they ...
Updated one month ago

Taste test: Midyear wrapup of our top 2018 picks so far

This summer marks 14 years since we started the Taster’s Choice column. With each passing year, I try harder to look for healthier food options and dietary trends impacting our families. But processed and convenience foods still fly off grocery store...
Updated one month ago
Taste test: Storebought sugar cones for ice cream

Taste test: Storebought sugar cones for ice cream

Whenever we talk about summertime memories, our panelists always end their stories with ice cream. Making our own cones was a big treat in my youth, and our tasters have similar experiences. This week, we asked them to taste some of the sugar cones o...
Updated: 2 months ago
Taste test: Frozen cod fillets

Taste test: Frozen cod fillets

Growing up, we knew what was for dinner by checking the kitchen sink after school to see what was in there thawing. Aside from the potential health concerns of thawing entrees at room temperature, dinner always required preplanning. Thankfully, we ha...
Updated: 2 months ago
Taste test: Chocolate chip cookies

Taste test: Chocolate chip cookies

When we started seeing ads for Nestle Toll House cookies already baked and prepackaged, I knew it was time for our tasters to get involved. They are cookie lovers, and one even has his own cookiemaking business. We found the Nestle brand and had hope...
Updated: 2 months ago