Monday, June 18, 2018

Taste Test

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...
Published: 06/18/18
Taste test: ballpark peanuts

Taste test: ballpark peanuts

For a time when my children were growing up, I thought I would spend purgatory sitting on a ballpark bleacher. Now, I cherish those days of watching my son and daughter play baseball and softball. I also have enjoyed my share of shelled peanuts. Noth...
Published: 06/11/18
Taste test: Swiss cheese

Taste test: Swiss cheese

Itís the time of year when the living is easy, unless youíre the one who has to make sure the cupboards and refrigerator are stocked for hungry children home from school all day. Once my children were old enough to fend for themselves, I made sure I ...
Updated one month ago
Taste test: Canned artichoke hearts

Taste test: Canned artichoke hearts

One of the food channel hosts did a whole episode recently about cooking with pantry staples. With hurricane season approaching, itís a good idea to stock up on ingredients that donít need to be refrigerated or frozen. This week, after judges shared ...
Updated one month ago
Taste test: new (and very sugary) cereals

Taste test: new (and very sugary) cereals

My addiction to sugar began as a child. I loved sugary breakfast cereals as a morning meal or an evening snack, the sweeter the better. We used to joke in my house that I even added table sugar to Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes and Lucky Charms. Thankfu...
Updated one month ago
Taste test: pineapple juice

Taste test: pineapple juice

Having always loved a fresh pineapple stick in my brewed iced tea, I wondered recently if a splash of pineapple juice would give it the same sweet kick. While few of us drink pure pineapple juice, our panelists definitely enjoy an occasional watered-...
Updated one month ago
Taste test: New frozen chocolate treats

Taste test: New frozen chocolate treats

With longer summer nights on the horizon, our judges are always looking for a new cool treat to beat the heat. This week they sampled four new chocolate offerings found in local grocery store freezers. A couple were pool party worthy and others were ...
Updated one month ago
Taste test: cheesy scalloped potatoes

Taste test: cheesy scalloped potatoes

On a recent afternoon I pulled out a bag of potatoes to begin making homemade scalloped potatoes. When I realized my potatoes had gone bad in my obviously too-humid pantry, I started looking for a boxed mix. Thankfully, I had one on hand and could wh...
Updated: 2 months ago
Taste test: vanilla wafers

Taste test: vanilla wafers

When it comes to cookies, our judges are all in. When it comes to vanilla wafers, most of them admitted to reaching for the familiar Nilla Wafers in the bright yellow box. Surprisingly, they liked the well-known brand least of the seven wafers sample...
Updated: 2 months ago
A taste test for drinking water? They can be surprisingly different

A taste test for drinking water? They can be surprisingly different

BROOKSVILLEThey brought it in glass carboys, in jars, in 2-liter bottles. It stacked up at the entrance to the auditorium, some of it just slightly murky but most of it crystal clear.Water. For more than 15 years the members of Region IV Florida Sect...
Updated: 2 months ago