Monday, March 19, 2018
Taste Test

Taste panel gives frozen Contessa, Bertolli meals thumbs up

New England Chef Ina "Barefoot Contessa" Garten, known for her hearty meals with fresh ingredients, recently started selling frozen varieties of her most popular dishes. Since we rarely have time to prepare her meals from scratch, we had high hopes for her grocery store versions. We sampled one of her most popular comfort foods, along with the frozen meals from a few other well-known kitchens.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent


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Taste test: grocery store meal kits

This week, our panel tasted a variety of "meal kits" from local grocery stores. These are prepared meals from various stores that require only heating or minor food preparation. Mail delivery meal kits are all the rage right now, so it makes sense th...
Published: 03/13/18
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Taste test: canned peeled tomatoes

Taste test: canned peeled tomatoes

On a recent cold night, my son asked for a bowl of tomato soup. I was preparing to run to the grocery store for a can or carton of soup to heat up when I realized I had 17 cans of whole tomatoes on the counter, ready for my tasting panel to sample. I...
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