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Hutzler Cheese Saver

What should you do with leftover cheese? Wrap in plastic? Wax paper? Aluminum foil?  Cloth? I generally use waxed paper -- as it breathes a bit more than the others. The inexpensive ($10) yellow-plastic Hutzler Cheese Saver is worth a try, especially if you're a cheese lover, like me. I found that for the most part, my cheeses stayed fresh longer, as it also allows them to breathe. To use it,  place a moist paper towel beneath the perforated plastic shelf and put the cheese on it. The cheese does stay fresh longer, whether hard or soft.    

Philadelphia Cheesecake Cups

Philadelphia Cheesecake Cups come in a ready-to-eat snack cup with cheesecake on one side and one of four toppings on the other side. The cheesecake cups are free of artificial flavors or dyes. Each 3.25-ounce serving contains 170 to 220 calories, 6 to 7 grams saturated fat (of 10 to 12 grams total), 190 to 310 milligrams sodium and 2 to 3 grams protein. Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: My kids love these and they make a great addition to their lunch box for a special treat. They are about 40% lower in total fat than a regular piece of cheesecake with 10 to 12 grams per [...]

By | September 4th, 2017|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Planet Fuel Organic Juices

Planet Fuel Organic Juices, available with Cherry Lemonade, Apple Grape or Pear Lime flavors, are made without refined sugars, preservatives and artificial flavors. The juices are mixed with water to lower the sugar content and are offered in 10-ounce aluminum cans, which are bigger than usual juice boxes/pouches. Each 10-ounce serving contains 80 to 100 calories and 17 to 24 grams sugar. Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: My kids really enjoyed the juices. They are bigger than usual juice boxes/pouches, 10 ounces compared to 6 ounces, which makes them just the right size for my 7- and 10-year-old and they do not contain any high fructose corn [...]

By | August 25th, 2017|Food & Drinks, Of Interest|0 Comments

Sabatier Edgekeeper Forged Knives with Self-Sharpening Sheaths

Sabatier Edgekeeper Forged Knives come with Self-Sharpening Sheaths, offering a solution to the top consumer complaint about cutlery: dull knives. Each knife features a built-in sharpener that, not only protects the blade during storage, but also  hones the blade’s edge every time it's used. Save Save

By | August 2nd, 2017|Kitchen Counter, Drawer and More|1 Comment

Dave’s Killer Bread Bagels

Dave’s Killer Bread introduced a new line of organic bagels that are vegan, Non-GMO verified and available in three varieties: Plain Awesome, Epic Everything and Cinnamon Raisin Remix. Each bagel contains 260 to 270 calories, 0 to 0.5 grams saturated fat (of 2.5 to 6 grams total), 380 to 400 milligrams sodium and 11 grams protein. The Epic Everything is a good source of fiber with 3 grams a serving and together with the Plain Awesome a good source of iron with 10%. - bonnie: Sorry Dave, these are not bagels, other than their shape, at least not to anyone who's had a New York bagel. As breadstuff, these are [...]

By | July 23rd, 2017|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc

Those of us who like the 100% Sauvignon Blancs from the Marlborough region of New Zealand will like the new Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014. Like the others, it has a tropical nose with a minerality classic to that region. The reasonably priced Invivo Sparkling does display all the classic Marlborough Sauvignon blanc characters of tropical fruits and sweet herbs with a great finish.

By | July 17th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Bellion Specialty Vodka

Bellion Specialty Vodka is created with "NTX Technology", a patented blend of natural, FDA approved ingredients including glycyrrhizin - licorice root extract, manna sugar and potassium sorbate; when infused into alcohol, it protects the liver and DNA. The Vodka is six times distilled, carbon filtered and tastes slightly sweet, smooth and silky. - bonnie: Although it's purportedly better for me, as vodka drinker I find this libation to have an off flavor.  BonnieBOTB Follow @BonnieBOTB   Save

By | June 19th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Bananawave Bananamilk

Bananawave bananamilk is a plant-based, non-dairy beverage made from bananas and soy beans. It is derived from an African recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. Each cup contains 150 calories, 1 grams saturated fat (of 5 grams total), 125 milligrams sodium and 4 grams protein. It is a good source of vitamin A with 10% and an excellent source of  calcium, riboflavin and vitamins C, D, E and B12. Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: My daughter loves the banana milk, especially on cereal. It is a great alternative to cow's milk with a rich banana flavor and additional vitamins. Save

By | June 12th, 2017|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Philadelphia Bagel Chips & Cream Cheese Dips

Philadelphia Bagel Chips & Cream Cheese Dips are on-the-go cream cheese cups with mini bagel chips for dipping, available in two sweet and two savory flavors: Strawberry, Garden Vegetable, Chive & Onion, Brown Sugar & Cinnamon. Each 2.5-ounce serving contains 200 to 220 calories, 6 grams saturated fat (of 11 to 12 grams total), 380 to 490 milligrams sodium and 6 grams protein. They are a good to excellent source of vitamin A with 15 to 20% of the daily recommended intake. Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: These make a great, tasty although high-sodium mid-day snack.

By | June 5th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Dole Organic Salad Kits

Caesar Salad and Apple Dijon are the new organic salad kits from Dole. The Caesar kit includes romaine lettuce, pita chips, parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing; the Apple Dijon kit, spring mix, dried cranberries, walnuts, cheddar cheese and apple Dijon vinaigrette. Each 3-cup serving contains 200 to 230 calories, 3.5 to 4.5 grams saturated fat (of 15 to 19 grams total), 300 to 490 milligrams sodium and 4 to 6 grams protein. The salads are good to excellent sources of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, vitamin K, folate and manganese. Save Save

By | May 26th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

FAWEN Ready-To-Drink Soup

FAWEN Ready-To-Drink Soup, available in three unique flavors Beet & Cabbage with Cumin, Broccoli & Cauliflower with Turmeric and Sweet Potato & Lentil with Cinnamon, are free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners and added sugars. The soup comes in a resealable, recyclable TetraPak for an easy on-the-go snack. Each 8-ounce serving contains 60 to 100 calories, 2 grams saturated fat (of 2 to 2.5 grams total), 220 to 360 milligrams sodium and 2 to 4 grams protein. It is a good source of fiber with 3 grams per serving and a good to excellent source of several vitamins and minerals. Kristine James,  intern at Bite of the Best: I really like [...]

By | May 7th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

DrinkMate Carbonation System

Here's another way to make carbonated drinks — unlike other systems DrinkMate let's you carbonate many drinks, not just water. It features a patented detachable Fizz Infuser and dual-stage valve system for better control on release of CO2. The system comes with a starter food-grade CO2 carbonator and BPA-free bottles, fizzing everything from fruit juice, lemonade, tea, wine, and beer to cocktails.

Don Sebastini & Sons 100% Blue Weber Agave Tequilas

Why not start my dinner parties with a tequila tasting, I thought, as I received a bottle each of Don Sebastini & Sons Contigo, El Fumador and El Macho. The tequilas are made from the fermented juice of the Blue Weber agave plant, grown and bottled in Mexico. We started by sampling the newest (blanco) and ended at the oldest (añejo). Like a wine tasting, we checked the color and the aroma,  let the liquid coat our tongues before swallowing, and then breathed out. We found the Contigo (blanco) to be smooth with fruit flavors. The wood-aged El Fumador (resposado) was our least favorit; it burnt the tongue. Everyone liked [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Tonnino Tin Tuna Cans

Tonnino tin tuna cans use 100% yellowfin tuna available in spring water and 100% olive oil. Tonnino Tuna is dolphin-safe, contains  lowest levels of mercury and comes in stackable, on-the-go cans. Each 3-ounce serving contains 90 to 130 calories, 0 to 2 grams saturated fat (of 0.5 to 5 grams total), 214 to 270 milligrams sodium and 20 grams protein. The tuna is a good to excellent source of iron with 11 to 35 percent of the daily recommended intake. Save

By | April 4th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Tio Gazpacho Maiz and Fresa

Tio Gazpacho introduced "drinkable soup" in 2014 and recently added two new flavors, Maiz and Fresa, to their core line. Maiz is made with corn, roasted poblano and lime;  Fresa with strawberry, basil and romaine. Each 10-ounce bottle contains 150 to 160 calories, 0.5 to 1 grams saturated fat (of 5 to 9 grams total), 280 to 590 milligrams sodium and 3-4 grams protein. Fresa is a good source of iron and potassium with 10% of the daily recommended intake. Save

By | March 29th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Healthee USA Heat-And-Eat Rice Bowls

These organic heat--and-eat brown rice bowls are available in six different flavors: Fried Style, Coconut, Chicken, Chicken Chipotle, Spanish Style and Turmeric and are prepared with GMO-free ingredients. Each contains 160 to 170 calories, 0.5 grams saturated fat (of 1.5 grams total), 80 to 200 milligrams sodium and 3 to 4 grams protein. They are a good to excellent source of fiber with 3 to 5 grams per serving. Save

By | March 23rd, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Blount Organic Soups

Blount Fine Foods introduced eight organic soup varieties available in 16-ounce microwaveable cups and their signature Cool Grip Rim, which makes the cups easy to handle after heating. Each 16-ounce serving contains 130 to 200 calories, 0 to 7 grams saturated fat (of 1.5 to 10 grams total), 510 to 720 milligrams sodium and 4 to 12 grams protein. Several soups are good to excellent sources of fiber, vitamin A and C, calcium and iron. - bonnie : From those I tried, I would recommend the organic hearty and flavorful,  fiber (10 grams) and protein rich (12 grams) Coconut Lentil Soup and the nicely flavored high fiber, low fat Vegetarian [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Pereg Natural Foods Kaňiwa (Baby Quinoa)

Pereg Natural Foods introduced Kaňiwa — AKA baby quinoa — that is dark reddish-brown and half the size of a tiny quinoa seed. It is gluten-free, non-GMO project verified and unlike quinoa does not have a saponin coating that can have a soapy, slightly bitter flavor if not rinsed properly. Each 1/4 cup serving contains 178 calories, 2 grams saturated fat (of 21 grams total), 3 milligrams sodium and 7.5 grams protein. It is an excellent source of fiber with 4.9 grams per serving. Save Save

By | March 2nd, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Pepperidge Farm Toasted Marshmallow Milano

Toasted Marshmallow is the newest addition to the Pepperidge Farm Milano cookie line. They contain with no artificial flavors or preservatives. Two cookies contain 130 calories, 4 grams saturated fat (of 7 grams total) and 40 milligrams sodium. - bonnie: The who enjoy dark chocolate Milanos might also like these -- as calorie, fat and sugar wise they are quite similar.   BonnieBOTB Follow @BonnieBOTB  

By | February 26th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Babeth’s Feast Frozen Appetizers

Babeth's Feast offers frozen appetizers for you to order for your next gathering. They arrive in a well-insulated carrier to keep them frozen. When you are ready to serve, you just bake and serve. Babeth's had many offerings from entrees to desserts; we sampled two of their many appetizers and would recommend both. The flaky puff pastries made with sherry-infused black mission figs, caramelized onion and a creamy goat cheese filling; and their asparagus tips wrapped in light and crispy phyllo pastry, with Asiago cheese for a hint of nutty sharpness. - bonnie BonnieBOTB Follow @BonnieBOTB   Save Save Save

By | February 25th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Muffin & Bread Mix

Simply Homemade Muffin & Bread Mixes are available in Double Chocolate, Lemon Poppyseed and Banana. These mixes have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Each muffin contains 250 calories, 0 grams saturated fat (of 1 grams total), 230 milligrams sodium and 2 grams protein. Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: These are a good substitution for homemade when you're short on time. However, they are slightly high in sodium with 230 milligrams per muffin. Save Save Save Save

By | February 9th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal Single Serve Microwavable Cups

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal is now available in single serve microwavable cups: Maple Brown Sugar, Apple Cinnamon, Vanilla Honey, and Original. They are ready in 3-minutes, ten times faster than traditional steel cut oats. Each 1.9-ounce cup serving contains 150 to 200 calories, 0.5 grams saturated fat (of 2 grams total), 120 to 340 milligrams sodium, 3 to 4 grams protein and <1 to 21 grams sugar. The oatmeal is a good source of fiber (3 grams per serving), and a good to excellent sources of several vitamins and minerals.   - bonnie: I recommend only the original, as the others have too many added sugars. BonnieBOTB Follow @BonnieBOTB  

By | February 4th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Misha Quark

Misha Quark is like yogurt with its smooth, creamy texture but is higher in protein and without yogurt's sour tartness. The quark is available in five flavors: Strawberry Rhubarb, Key Lime, Blueberry, Original and Vanilla Bean Coconut, and is made with milk from grass-fed cows. It is  95% lactose-free. Each container contains 120 to 170 calories, 1.5 to 2.5 grams saturated fat (of 2.5 to 3.5 grams total), 45 to 50 milligrams sodium and 14 to 17 grams protein. Quark is a good to excellent source of calcium with 15 to 20% of the daily recommended intake. Save

By | January 21st, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Back To The Roots Organic Self-Watering Tomato Planter

Easily grow tomatoes indoors with the new Organic Self-Watering Tomato Planter. It uses an ancient North African self-watering technique using a microporous, unglazed low-fired container that's buried in the soil next to the tomato plant that automatically releases water when the surrounding soil gets dry. Just top off the pot with water once a week and don't about watering your indoor tomato plants.

By | January 12th, 2017|Kitchen Counter, Drawer and More, xyz misc|0 Comments

Hunt’s Recipe Ready Paste

Hunt's Recipe Ready Paste is the same 100% natural tomato paste found in a can, pre-measured as 2 tablespoons in convenient Tear-n-Toss pouches, freshly opened each time with no wasted paste. Each contains 40 calories, 25 milligrams sodium, 2 grams protein and is a good source of fiber with 3 grams per serving and iron with 10% of the daily recommended intake.

By | January 11th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Camano Island Roasters

Camano Island Roasters coffee club offers USDA certified organic, 100% shade grown and fairly traded coffee. The coffee — from Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Peru or Sumatra—  is available as light, medium or dark roast. Their decaf is processed by the Swiss Water Method that involves only water, heat and time to extract the caffeine.   - bonnie: We sampled the flavorful regular roast, but never had the opportunity to try their decaf. I'd recommend the regular. BonnieBOTBFollow @BonnieBOTB

By | January 2nd, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Wholesome! Organic Frosting

Wholesome!, the organic sweetener brand, introduced a line of three ready-to-use frosting: Vanilla, Chocolate and Wild White Strawberry. The frostings come in BPA free and recyclable jars, are made with fair trade organic sugar and are non-GMO verified, gluten free, kosher and vegan. Each 2-tablespoons contains 120 to 150 calories and 2 to 5 grams saturated fat (of 4.5 to 11 grams total) . Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: My entire family loves this frosting with its smooth taste and lack of  artificial colors or flavors. Save Save

By | December 27th, 2016|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Hamilton Beach TruCount 12 Cup Coffee Maker

The Hamilton Beach TruCount 12 cup coffee maker automatically measures the amount of coffee added to the brew basket so if you lost count of how much coffee you've added, no need to begin measuring again. You get the desired brew strength every time. Other features include three brewing strengths, a special small carafe setting, advance programming and an auto pause.    

By | December 27th, 2016|Kitchen Counter, Drawer and More|0 Comments

Affordable Wines for the Holidays

Many affordable wines have been specifically crafted to be shared with friends, family and food! Consider these four California ones for the holidays. Chateau Souverain offers contemporary wines ($12.99 SRP) with fruit forward flavors appealing to many. Their Cabernet Sauvignon has balanced fruit, acidity and round tannins that pairs nicely with cheeses like Cheddar, Stilton, steak, prosciutto and even a burger. With rich berry flavors, the Merlot has a soft finish and pairs with pasta with marinara sauce, lamb, ribs and pizza. There's a buttery Chardonnay with oak, citrus and spice that goes well with soft cheeses, Cacio e Pepe and lobster. A bit more expensive, the B.R. Cohn 2014 Cabernet [...]

By | December 21st, 2016|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

EnviroKidz Bars

EnviroKidz are organic, non-GMO verified and peanut free bars available in four flavors : Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, Strawberry Granola Bars, Chocolate Crispy Rice Bars and Berry Blast Crispy Rice Bars.  These whole grain bars are gluten free. Each bar contains 100 to 110 calories, 0 to 0.5 grams saturated fat (of 2 to 3 grams total), 45 to 70 milligrams sodium, 1 to 2 grams protein and 9 to 10 grams of whole grains, which is more than half a serving of the recommended 2 to 3 servings of whole grains for children. Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: These make a yummy low-sugar, whole grain snack [...]

By | December 17th, 2016|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Victoria Fine Foods Premium Marinara with Avocado Oil

Victoria Fine Foods added a pasta sauce with fresh onions and garlic sauteed in avocado oil to their slow-cooked marinara sauce line of jarred sauces. This sauce contains only seven ingredients, is  kosher and non-GMO verified. Each 1/2-cup serving contains 70 calories, 4 grams fat total, 420 milligrams sodium and is a good source of vitamin A with 15% of the daily recommended intake.

By | December 6th, 2016|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl Duo

Use the versatile duo Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl Duo as a Nutrient and Vitamin Extractor or a Nutrient Fusion Processor to blend whole fruits and vegetables into a vitamin and mineral rich drink. Or, use to combine ingredients to make flavorful snacks, meals or desserts. The Auto-IQ Boost controls the texture and consistency, from juices and smoothies to dips, doughs and more. Save Save

By | December 2nd, 2016|Kitchen Counter, Drawer and More|0 Comments

Murray’s Cheese for Holiday Gifts

As a cheese lover, I have often shopped at Murray's as the folks behind the counter are amazingly knowledgeable about their goods, giving tastes when feasible. If you're looking for a gift — especially for a hostess —  Murray’s Cheese has some great last-minute ideas. I've detailed two special collection... that arrive in Murray's signature wooden box. Cave Aged Collection ($100) Murray’s works with some of the world’s best cheesemakers to develop and age new cheeses at their Affinage caves in Long Island City, NY. They select unique young cheeses from talented artisans, dress them up (fresh herbs, fennel pollen), pat them down (wine, craft cider) and nurture them until [...]

By | November 30th, 2016|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Peter Pan Simply Ground

Peter Pan Simply Ground is creamy peanut butter with a bit of a crunch. Available in original and honey roast, Simply Ground is free of artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Each 2-tablespoon serving contains 210 calories, 3 grams saturated fat (of 16 to 17 grams total), 100 to 125 milligrams sodium and 7 to 8 grams protein.

By | November 20th, 2016|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Almonta Gourmet Cream Cheese Spreads

Almonta Gourmet Cream Cheese Spreads feature five different flavors Original, Light, Fine Herbs, Light Chives, Apricot & Vanilla, made without any preservatives, artificial flavors or artificial ingredients. Try them to on bagels or in appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts and more. Each 2-tablespoon serving contains 50 to 80 calories, 3 to 5 grams saturated fat (of 4.5 to 7 grams total), 40 to 110 milligrams sodium and 2 grams protein.

By | November 17th, 2016|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Hamilton Beach Professional Dicing Stack and Snap Food Processor

The Hamilton Beach Professional Dicing Stack and Snap food processor has two speeds, a pulse function and can slice, dice, mix, shred, and chop. The processor comes with an adjustable slicing, dicing , dough, shredding and S-blade and has a large feed tube. It's easy to assemble and to use with its electronic touchpad.   Take a chance before mid-December 2016 to win one at our FREEBIE page. Save

By | November 14th, 2016|Kitchen Counter, Drawer and More|0 Comments

Lemon Grass Kitchen

Mai Pham, chef and founder of the award-winning Northern California restaurants Lemon Grass and Star Ginger created a line of authentic recipes from Southeast Asia with traditional ingredients such as lemongrass, tamarind, cilantro, Thai basil, fish sauce, ginger and gochujang,   available in the freezer. They offer six entrees: Lemongrass Chicken Stir-Fry, Shrimp Pad Thai, Korean-Style Grilled Chicken, Beef & Broccoli Noodles, Chicken Pad Thai and Chicken & Broccoli Noodles. One package serves two. One serving contains 230 to 370 calories, 0.5 to 1.5 grams saturated fat (of 2.5 to 8 grams total), 970 to 1150 milligrams sodium and 10 to 23 grams protein. They are a good sources of [...]

By | November 2nd, 2016|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Lundberg Organic Sprouted Rice & Seasoning Mixes

Lunberg introduced Organic Sprouted Rice & Seasoning Mixes that combine organic sprouted brown rice with seasoning in five flavors: Thai Red Curry, Toasted Coconut, Chile Verde, Korean BBQ and Vegetable Fried Rice. Each is non-GMO verified, gluten-free, vegan and kosher. A serving contains 200 to 210 calories, 1.5 grams saturated fat (of 2 to 2.5 grams total), 440 to 480 milligrams sodium and 4 to 5 grams protein. Vegetable Fried Rice, Korean BBQ Rice and Thai Red Curry Rice are good to excellent sources of vitamin A and vitamin C; Thai Red Curry is also a good source of iron.

By | October 31st, 2016|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Qi’a Superfood Cereal

Qi'a Superfood Cereal combines of chia, buckwheat and hemp; it's vailable in three flavors: Original, Apple Cinnamon and Cranberry Vanilla. The cereal is organic, non-GMO verified, gluten free and rich in ALA Omega-3 in essential fatty acid with 1.9 to 2.5 grams per serving. Each two tablespoon serving contains 130 to 140 calories, 0.5 grams saturated fat (of 6 to 7 grams total), no sodium and 6 grams protein. It is a good source of fiber with 4 grams per serving, as well as iron with 12 to 14% of the daily recommended intake. Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: This makes a nutrition-packed breakfast, however because of [...]

By | October 29th, 2016|Food & Drinks|0 Comments