Monday, December 11, 2017
Taste Test

Taste test: blueberry pancake mixes

Blueberry pancakes make any breakfast seem special. Our tasters prefer to add their own berries, but when they don't have a chance to get fresh fruit, a boxed mix will do the trick. We sampled seven brands of blueberry pancake mix and prepared them according to package directions. All seven were cooked on a stovetop griddle with good results. We found several options worthy of whisking up for Easter brunch.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

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Taste test: prepared mashed sweet potatoes

Taste test: prepared mashed sweet potatoes

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Taste test: Turkey gravy

Taste test: Turkey gravy

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Taste test: New holiday flavors

Taste test: New holiday flavors

While many of us are overwhelmed by the holiday fuss, we wanted to sample a few items this week that could inspire us to stop and savor the season. Our judges look forward to their five minutes with a cup of tea in the afternoon or a surprise visit f...
Published: 11/12/17
Updated: 12/04/17