Goose Fat

Goose Fat

  Goose fat is amazing for roasting or sautéing things in. It doesn’t evaporate away or get soaked into foods the way that oils do, so you need far, far less of it.1 Consequently, it actually ends up being less fattening than cooking with oils. Nutritionally, in terms of saturated vs monounsaturated etc fat, goose… 

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Coconut Milks

The skinny on coconut milk

  Some coconut milks are really fattening, and the only way you can tell is by checking the labels on the tin. The lighter ones aren’t always marked light, and the really fattening ones are just marked normal. Grace Brand coconut milk is 330 calories (9 Weight Watchers PointsPlus®) per 250 ml (8 oz  /… 

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Low-sodium ketchup

Low-sodium ketchup

  We were brought up as Heinz Ketchup kids. I love the ketchup and use it daily — here’s my write-up on the history, etc of ketchup. In the spring of 2013, I switched to Heinz’s low-sodium version of their ketchup, which I think was still kinda new at the time. Pictured above is the… 

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Heinz Tangy Tomato Pickle

Heinz Tangy Tomato Pickle

  I discovered Heinz Tangy Tomato Pickle in the fall of 2013, and I love it. Let me briefly cover the word “pickle” in the name, because it gave me pause at first, too. Us North Americans use a very narrow definition of the word “pickle.” It’s usually pickled cucumbers, usually dilled, and usually involves… 

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Tomato Ketchup vs Tomato Pickle

Heinz Ketchup vs Heinz Tangy Tomato Pickle

  These two very similar products from the same maker, Heinz, are a great example of why a little bit of one-time analysis can pay off forever. In my review of Heinz’s Tangy Tomato Pickle, I confessed that I’m a fan now — it’s basically a grown up ketchup. (But I’m such a ketchup fan… 

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Low-fat fat: Atora light vegetable suet.

Low-fat fat: it really exists

  I had joked a few times about there being “low-fat fat”, so you can imagine how gob-smacked I was when I saw this appear on the store shelf. Who knew? I haven’t had an occasion to use it yet, but when I do I will report back. For what it’s worth, I have previously… 

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Guinness Chips Crisps

Guinness Chips

  Chips (aka crisps in the UK and Ireland) are really unhealthy. You know what that means. That means, when you do them, you gotta do them right, see? Which means the chips have to be worth it. And Lord liftin’, these be worth it. These Guinness Potato Chips are hand-crafted; each bag even indicates… 

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Skinny French Bread

Skinny French Bread (Pain d’Epi / Wheat stalk bread)

  I came across this recipe for a classic French bread, Pain d’Epi (meaning “wheat stalk bread”) on David Leite‘s blog. He in turn got the recipe from a book called “The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day”, by Zoë François and Jeff Hertzberg. This bread is mind-blowingly delicious and dead easy to… 

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Two level microwave cooking

Two-level microwave oven cooking

Over the years, I had found myself staring at the empty vertical space inside a microwave oven, and often wishing that somehow a second dish or plate could be making use of that wasted upper space… say, oatmeal happening below while bacon is cooking above. Or, heating up two plates of food at once. I’d… 

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choosing-a-microwave-oven

Hunting for a new microwave

  The most recent microwave oven died two weeks ago. That officially made it three microwaves that I’ve gone through. Microwave No. (1), was a hand-me-down in the early 1990s. It was a big ole Panasonic dating from the early 1980s — somewhere between 1.6 and 2 ish cubic feet (45 to 56 L), I’d… 

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Maggi

Maggi

  My new favourite best friend in the kitchen as of 2013 is Maggi. I had researched it and experimented with it briefly back in 2010 when I was writing my article on Maggi for cooksinfo.com, but after that the bottle languished on a cool shelf in the basement pantry. We get into such ruts… 

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