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Taste Test

  1. Taste test: wasabi sauce

    Taste Test

    Wasabi is a spice derived from the grated bits of a Japanese plant called Wasabia Japonica. It apparently loses its flavor quickly and doesn't leave an aftertaste. Since the wasabi we enjoy alongside our sushi is strong enough to clear our sinuses and leaves a burning aftertaste, it's likely not the real deal. If that's …

    Summer Steak Salad  [Photo by Michelle Stark.]
  2. Taste test: bacon bits

    Taste Test

    Summer salads are a staple in my house — a great break from the hot oven, stove or even the barbecue grill. But, if a meal doesn't include meat, my family members think it's an appetizer. So I am always looking for a way to incorporate protein in every entree. Our judges have the same philosophy. For some dishes, …

  3. Taste test: kettle chips

    Taste Test

    When dinner is served poolside on paper plates, who wants to go indoors to cook fries or bake potatoes? Kettle chips make the perfect side dish for summer barbecues. Because they are cooked a little longer than regular chips, kettle chips sometimes have different shapes and coloring. My family members routinely sift …