Monday, March 19, 2018
Taste Test

Taste test: Taco shells

Earlier this spring, our family hosted two lovely exchange students from France. Each night of the two-week visit, I prepared a special meal in hopes of convincing them Americans don't just eat fast food. One afternoon, I prepared an entire Thanksgiving meal, complete with marshmallow-covered sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Toward the end of their stay, the teenage girls wanted to prepare a special French meal for me. With a little help from the translating app on my phone, I managed to get the ingredient list and I was shopping for groceries. Halfway through the supermarket, I realized the recipe was far too complicated to prepare that late in the day. So, I abandoned the veal stew for that night and went to my go-to dinner — tacos. I always have ingredients on hand for a hearty taco-making meal. If not, I can find everything on one shelf at the store. While I usually fry my own corn tortillas, I am glad to have the option of purchasing store-bought shells in a pinch. This week, our panelists tried six brands of hard taco shells from local grocery stores. After initially tasting the shells right from the box, we heated them in the oven and got much better results.

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...
Updated: 8 hours ago

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
Taste test:

Taste test:

Our tasters started out wanting to taste one of the offerings from Oprah’s new O, That’s Good! line of foods. But we couldn’t resist a few other new foods we also found on grocery store shelves. In the end, judges were pretty impressed with Oprah’s c...
Updated one month ago
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...
Updated one month ago