Saturday, November 18, 2017
Taste Test

Taste test: kalamata olives

RECOMMENDED READING


When hosting cocktail or dinner parties on her television show, chef Ina Garten advises viewers to serve a first course of finger foods, including store-bought olives, mixed nuts and maybe prosciutto-wrapped figs. She saves most of her homemade efforts for making entrees. It's good advice. With holiday party season fast approaching, our panelists plan to try Ina's suggestions for easy appetizers, starting with olives. We sampled eight brands of jarred, pitted kalamata olives from local grocery store shelves.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Comments
Taste test: prepared mashed sweet potatoes

Taste test: prepared mashed sweet potatoes

If you want to spend more time with your family and friends this holiday season and less time in the kitchen, our judges suggest serving Hormelís mashed sweet potatoes. No need to wash, peel and heat potatoes. Just pop the container in the microwave ...
Published: 11/16/17
Taste test: Turkey gravy

Taste test: Turkey gravy

Years ago, our tasters sampled ready-made mashed potatoes along with prepared gravy from cans, jars or packets. From that day on, our judges have been buying heat-and-serve mashed potatoes, but making their own gravy. This week, we found four brands ...
Published: 11/13/17
Help name Big Stormís new toffee chocolate stout, made with William Dean

Help name Big Stormís new toffee chocolate stout, made with William Dean

Collaborations between brewers are not new. Nor are collaborations between brewers and distillers. Or beer brewers and coffee brewers. It makes sense: Use a barrel for one thing, then it in turn imparts interesting flavors to the next thing thatís ag...
Published: 11/09/17
Taste test: Crispy onions

Taste test: Crispy onions

Crispy onions sprinkled atop the traditional green bean casserole is a sure bet for most of us this Thanksgiving. But our judges like the texture of the onion straws on a variety of foods ó from salads to burgers to baked potatoes. When my mom used t...
Published: 11/06/17

Taste test: New foods from Toblerone, Nature Valley, Godiva and more

As soon as the calendar hits November, many of us move into holiday mode. Our panelists wanted to take a step back this week and enjoy some new foods before they begin the harried season of entertaining, traveling and shopping. When they do invite fr...
Updated one month ago

Taste test: pepper jack cheese

Even though autumn sometimes misses Florida altogether, this time of year sends our panelists searching for comfort foods. They also like to spice things up a bit while they sip pumpkin-flavored coffees and apple ciders. One thing that definitely add...
Updated one month ago