Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Taste Test

Taste test: pistachio nuts

Most low-calorie snacks are sold in such small portions that we end up eating the whole box to satisfy a craving. That's usually not the case with pistachio nuts. These greenish tree nuts, originally from the Middle East, pack loads of flavor and high fiber in a 1-ounce serving. They are low calorie and have less fat than most nuts. Today, most of the pistachios we buy come from farms in California and Arizona. Our judges shelled their way through six brands of roasted, salted pistachio nuts. All were good and some were great.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent


Taste test: Cream cheese

Cream cheeses come in many flavors, but our judges were most interested in texture when they began to compare 10 different brands. We tried the cheese spreads alone and with bagels to test spreadability. Our sample included only plain cream cheeses a...
Published: 03/19/18

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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Our tasters started out wanting to taste one of the offerings from Oprahís new O, Thatís Good! line of foods. But we couldnít resist a few other new foods we also found on grocery store shelves. In the end, judges were pretty impressed with Oprahís c...
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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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