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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: Fresh Mozzarella

Written on September 28, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

With new products hitting the grocery stands every day, it’s hard to keep up with the latest food trends. Have no fear; we’re here to help! Each week, we’ll be highlighting a new product that’s worthy of a spot in your shopping cart and your kitchen.

The Product

Plastic-Wrapped Mozzarella costs only 75 cents per ounce and requires just a minute to prepare.

 

Why You Should Buy It

Compared to its water-packed counterpart, this stuff can have a more concentrated flavor. The wrapping also firms up the cheese, making it easier to slice and better for melting on pizza or in baked pastas. Plus, for just a few cents extra you may be able to find a package that is pre-sliced–a bargain considering that soft mozz can be tricky to slice!

 

How You Should Use It

A firm mozzarella is great fresh or melted in your favorite Italian dish.

The slices hold up perfectly–even when stuffed inside chicken for our Stuffed Chicken Caprese.

 

Gooey cheese keeps salty prosciutto and crusty bread in place in these Mozzarella in Carrozza with Prosciutto Cotto sandwiches.

 

The rich flavor compliments fresh fruit and basil in our Pluot “Caprese” Salad.

 

Really, is there anything this cheese can’t do?

 

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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: Cracking the Coconut Oil Code

Written on September 21, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

With new products hitting the grocery stands every day, it’s hard to keep up with the latest food trends. Have no fear; we’re here to help! Each week, we’ll be highlighting a new product that’s worthy of a spot in your shopping cart and your kitchen.

The Product

Coconut oil is making its way from the grove to the grocery store. It comes in a jar as a creamy semisolid, but once heated will resemble more familiar oils like canola and peanut.

 

Why You Should Buy It

Coconut oil is a milder-tasting alternative to other oils, butter and shortening. In addition to raising levels of “good” (HDL) cholesterol, it contains lauric acid, which research suggests may boost your immune system and stimulate your metabolism.

 

How You Should Use It

It makes the perfect substitution for vegetable or canola oil in cooking and baking.

With a high smoke point, coconut oil can withstand high temps without burning, so swap out the vegetable oil in our Vegetable-Noodle Stir Fry.

Make your baked goods feel just a little healthier, since it contains a low amount of unsaturated fat and lots of antioxidants. Replace the canola oil in Gigi’s Apple Cake.

A neutral smell and pleasantly nutty flavor make coconut oil a great dairy-free substitute for frosting recipes that call for cream cheese or butter, like our Triple-Layer Carrot Cake.

 

We’re seriously nuts for coconut oil! Just remember, as with any fat, moderation is key.

 

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