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The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook

Eggs are geting a lot of buzz these days because let’s face it, they are an essential food with unending uses!
Easter brunch season, Passover, Mother’s Day – you name it. Spring is the best time to enjoy eggs! Just ask the wonderfully talented Lisa Steele, dubbed “Queen of the Chicken Coop” by the media.

This fifth-generation chicken keeper, lifestyle expert, and blogger is the authority on raising chickens and the best-selling author of a must-have new book, The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook, an Amazon Editor’s Pick with over 100 fabulous recipes!

Lisa is the “Eggspert” to keep on your radar for in-studio live cooking demonstrations. The backdrop of her beautiful farm in Maine is splendid for a spring story!

For over a decade, Lisa has offered her sage advice through the popular blog Fresh Eggs Daily with Lisa Steele, and countless features (The View, Martha Knows Best on HGTV, Wall Street Journal, NPR’s Here & Now and The Splendid Table, and the Hallmark Home & Family Show, to name a few).

Watch as Lisa prepares a recipe from her new cookbook, such as Asparagus and Parmesan Omelet, Fried Egg with Asparagus and Hollandaise, Lemon Blueberry Whoopie Pies, or Deviled Eggs with Avocado Oil and Sage.
Spring go-to recipes for everything from breakfast and brunch staples, like Eggs Benedict and a classic French trifold “omelet,” to breads, sandwiches, beverages, snacks, soups, salads, pasta, cakes, pies, and condiments.
Learn everything you don’t know about eggs—such as what the different labels on grocery store egg cartons mean—and bust some common egg myths.
Discover new and exciting ways to incorporate fresh eggs into your daily cooking and baking repertoire year-round.

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Jordan’s Skinny Mixes Introduces New Naturally Sweetened Syrup Flavors at Natural Products Expo West

Jordan’s Skinny Mixes, the number one brand for no-sugar syrups, introduced four new flavors to its Naturally Sweetened Skinny Syrups line at Expo West. These syrups are made with zero-calorie natural sweeteners and are free of artificial flavors and colors yet still boast a full, delicious flavor. The new varieties include French Vanilla, Caramel, Pumpkin Spice, and Peppermint Mocha, as well as the existing favorites, Vanilla Bean, Salted Caramel, Cinnamon Dolce, and Chocolate Mocha.

The Naturally Sweetened Skinny Syrups were created based on loyal Skinny Mixes customers’ evolving needs and lifestyles. These products are the newest innovation of zero-calorie, guilt-free goodness with no artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, or funky aftertaste. Satisfy your morning coffee shop craving for a fraction of the cost, or use the syrups in smoothies, baked goods, and desserts for a delightfully sweet infusion that tastes anything but sugar-free.

“The Naturally Sweetened Syrup line has been such a fan favorite among customers, so it was a natural to add more of our most popular flavors to the collection, ” said Skinny Mixes founder Jordan Engelhardt.

Skinny Mixes is unveiling these new flavors at Expo West, which is being held in Anaheim, CA, this weekend. Visit us at Expo West – Hall A Booth #342 to get a taste of the new Naturally Sweetened Skinny Syrup flavors and Natural Margarita Mixes.

Skinny Mixes products are available at www.SkinnyMixes.com and over 13,000 local retailers across the US, Canada, and Europe.

About Jordan’s Skinny Mixes:

Skinny Mixes empowers people to make healthier choices full of flavor and fun, from coffee to cocktails and everything in between. Enhance your favorite foods and beverages with guilt-free

sweetness and flavor. Skinny Mixes is the leading manufacturer of low-calorie cocktail mixes, zero-sugar coffee syrups, sauce toppings, on-the-go flavor bursts, and many other specialty beverage items and gift sets. Skinny Mixes features best-selling Skinny Syrup flavors like Salted Caramel and Vanilla and fruity flavors like its viral Mermaid flavor burst, plus their fall fan favorite, Pumpkin Spice. Skinny Mixes and Syrups are proudly produced in the USA and are Gluten Free & Kosher. Skinny Mixes can be found in over 13,000 specialty retail locations across the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe.

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Once Upon a Rind in Hollywood

Celebrate your favorite films with delicious cheese boards, creative charcuterie platters, and movie-themed snack recipes in this punny and tasty cookbook.

Introducing Once Upon a Rind in Hollywood: 50 Movie-Themed Cheese Platters and Snack Boards for Film Fanatics by the Editors of Ulysses Press with food and photographs by Rachel Riederman [ISBN: 9781646044092; $19.95; Ulysses Press; February 2023], a unique full-color cookbook starring 50 different snack board ideas, from timeless cheese boards and charcuterie to candy platters and cocktail pairings, all themed around iconic movies.

Whether you’re streaming an AFI classic or classically bad movie, munchies are a must-have. With gorgeous flat-lay photography for every movie-themed board, Once Upon a Rind in Hollywood outlines what you need to create cheesy cinematic pairings (and even cheesier puns) like:

  • May the Fromage Be with You (Star Wars)
  • Draw Me Like One of Your French Gruyères (Titanic)
  • I’ll Harvarti What She’s Having (When Harry Met Sally)
  • Here’s Looking at You, Curd (Casablanca)
  • Brie-king Dawn (Twilight)
  • Roquefort Horror Picture Show (Rocky Horror Picture Show)
  • and many more!

“If you love movies and you love cheese, this is the book for you,” says food photographer and recipe developer Rachel Riederman. “As you settle in to watch your favorite film, don’t merely serve popcorn, but rather a perfect selection of cheeses, meats, candies, and snacks, all perfectly paired to complement whatever 90- to 180-minute adventure you’re about to embark on.”

What goes better with a Lord of the Rings marathon than a “second breakfast”–inspired spread? Can you even watch Monty Python without shrubbery crudités nearby? Why not a Twilight rewatch with a selection of apple slices and salami rosettes?

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Fall Back into Cooking with the Crunch Air Fryer Oven

The summer is winding down, the kids are back in school, and that means falling back into the usual routine, but don’t let that bring you down. With a new season comes delicious new possibilities, especially with the Zavor Crunch Air Fryer Oven. It is a versatile, easy-to-use kitchen electric that will become your new go-to for cooking this season. Even Forbes.com picked the Crunch Air Fryer Oven as one of their Must-Have Home Kitchen Upgrades!

The Crunch Air Fryer Oven functions as 7 kitchen tools in one. It can be used to air fry, bake, roast, toast, and more. It has 8 preset cooking functions for different food items with their own preset cooking times and temperatures. It even has a Dehydrate function that lets you make chips, dried fruits, jerky, and more!

Using the Crunch Air Fryer Oven is as simple as preparing your food, setting your time & temperature, and pressing start. The Crunch has a touch control panel and a dial that scrolls through cooking times and temperatures to easily program. Whether you’re a kitchen novice or a culinary master, the Crunch will make cooking all your favorite foods as easy as pie (yes, it can make pies too).

The Crunch Air Fryer Oven comes with 2 non-stick cooking trays, a rotisserie spit with forks, a rotisserie basket, and a rotisserie retrieval tool. Yes, that’s right, the Crunch has a rotisserie feature! The rotisserie basket lets you skip the traditional air fryer basket tossing requirement for a hands-free cooking experience. The rotisserie spit with forks lets you prepare an evenly cooked whole chicken, succulent roasts, pork loin, and more, adding a whole new dimension to the traditional air fryer.

The Crunch has an internal capacity of 12.7qts. offering more space for more food. It is great for larger portions and having two cooking trays lets you cook more food than a singular air fryer basket would. All the Crunch’s accessories are dishwasher safe as well, for easy cleanup. It has a dishwasher-safe, non-stick drip tray inside that can be removed for cleaning as well.

Our founder Lakhinder Vohra got one of these and he says it’s fantastic! He might stay home once in a while instead of always going out on the town…

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The Best Kitchen Knife You’ll Ever Own – Cutluxe

ef’s knives on the frontlines.

Gone are the days of aimlessly sawing through tender meats and firm fruits and vegetables like cabbage, onions, pineapple, garlic, and fresh shallots to get the perfect cut or mince. With Cutluxe, home chefs from seasoned pros to beginners will slice through anything with ease as its collections of artisan cooking knives are a cut above ordinary. On a mission to revolutionize daily meal prep by making it even easier to chop and prep ingredients than ever before, Cutluxe knives are made with premium-grade steels to create razor-sharp, ergonomic, and affordable kitchen knives for hobby and professional chefs alike.

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Food and Wine Classic 2022

Friday, June 17 to Sunday, June 19
Aspen, CO

FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen attendees have the opportunity to sign up in advance for two cooking demonstrations and/or beverage seminars on Friday, two cooking demonstrations and/or beverage seminars on Saturday, and one cooking demonstration or beverage seminar on Sunday.

The event is currently sold out but there’s a waiting list you can sign up for.

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One Hour Comfort by America’s Test Kitchen

Is there anything as satisfying as taking a seat and digging into your favorite comfort food? After all, Americans hold such a special place for feel-good foods and nostalgic childhood dishes that they would even name their kid after their favorite for a lifetime supply of it according to a Farm Rich survey. Thirty-five percent would name their kid “Pizza” for a lifetime supply of it, 28% would name their kid “Mozz Stick” and 27% “Ice Cream.”

While preference of dish might vary, comfort food as a whole encompasses what makes cooking so wonderful. Like a portal to your happy place, it can evoke fond memories of childhood, bring friends and family together around a table, or serve as the perfect addition to a relaxing night in. The downside of cooking when comfort-food cravings strike? Sometimes we don’t have time for the project of cooking our favorite comfort-food meals, causing us to cut corners, settle for less, or avoid the meal entirely.

Our new cookbook One-Hour Comfort offers up 170 favorite feel-good recipes that we’ve reengineered to be done in an hour (or less). There are a few recipes with cooling or chilling times that push them slightly over an hour–but we promise they’re worth it (chocolate cream pies in a jar . . . DEFINITELY worth it!). The book includes helpful hacks that break down how to complete traditionally time-intensive recipes in under an hour. An example of our test cook’s quick (cooking) thinking? Our Hoisin Glazed Meatloaf. Traditional meatloaf takes a long time to bake because of its sheer size. The solution to getting meatloaf on the table in less than an hour is simple: shrink it down to individual-size portions.

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EnviroKidz Waffle Pops Recipes

Waffles are a treasured breakfast choice for children around the world, giving them a boost in energy and a delicious start to the day. EnviroKidz introduced two new flavors of waffles that provide a guilt-free addition to any parent’s pantry. These flavors include Penguin Party and Polar Berry that are both gluten-free and contain 5 grams of plant-based protein per serving from navy bean, peas and beans.

EnviroKidz has created a fun, creative way to get your children to create their own healthy snacks. If you are a fan of cake pop then look no further, attached is a recipe card with step by step instructions to make waffle pops! These breakfast staples can also double as a delectable dessert.

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La Cucina Italiana’s Cooking Class

Friday, July 23 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Online from Milan


La Cucina Italiana’s official Milan-based cooking school heads to the Italian Riviera for our second English-language virtual cooking class. Log on from anywhere in the world to learn the techniques behind two typical Ligurian recipes taught by one of our expert chefs.

You’ll learn about:
Linguine with pesto, green beans, and potatoes
Focaccia di Recco

It’s just $34.99 for the course and there’s a coupon to get a package of ingredients.

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Sustainable Seafood Selection from D’Artagnan

D’Artagnan, the trusted expert in sustainable proteins and the purveyor of choice to top chefs across the nation for the last 35+ years, has taken a dive into the waters of sustainable seafood. This expansion is in direct response to consumer’s growing culinary sophistication and interest in responsibly sourced proteins being conveniently delivered to their homes.

“During the early months of the pandemic we partnered with a local fish purveyor to both support their business and provide our customers the convenience of home delivery on a range of grocery items. Seafood was so popular we wanted to make it a permanent addition to our offerings, specifically for our website customers,” said Andy Wertheim, President of D’Artagnan.

D’Artagnan is committed to working with conscientious farmers, ranchers and fishers who respect the environment and the ecosystems that support animal life, on the earth and the seas. That’s why all D’Artagnan seafood is certified sustainable, fair trade, or organic by gold-standard international watch groups.

“Because of our name and reputation, we were able to partner with outstanding sources for our fish,” said Ariane Daguin, CEO and Founder of D’Artagnan. “We are proud of the choices we now offer – from jumbo scallops and sockeye salmon to organic shrimp and Chilean sea bass. And now you can get surf and turf ingredients together at dartagnan.com.”

“Fish is a great choice for summer cooking – it is always a fast and delicious meal. With the rise of keto and emphasis on gluten-free eating, fish fits so many dietary needs today,” said Daguin.

All are flash-frozen at sea immediately after catch, or soon after on shore to protect the flavor, texture and freshness, and portioned individually for convenience. The selection includes:

Organic Black Tiger Shrimp – Jumbo sized, farm-raised, Certified European Union Organic and Best Aquaculture Practices with no additives, preservatives or antibiotics.

King Turbot – Farm-raised in Spain on sustainable aquafarms. Certified Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and Global GAP (Good Agricultural Practices).

Norwegian Salmon – Sustainably farm-raised in open aquaculture, Global GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) and Marine Stewardship Council for best practices.

Sockeye Salmon – Wild-caught Alaskan salmon, Marine Stewardship Council certified for sustainability. Rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Red Grouper – Sustainably line caught in the Gulf of Mexico; certified by National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Mahi Mahi – Wild, line-caught, responsibly sourced, with mild, sweet flavor and firm texture.

Ahi Yellowfin Tuna – Premium-quality ahi tuna, wild-caught by hand-line fishermen. Marine Stewardship Council certified fishery for traceability and sustainability.

Jumbo Dry Sea Scallops – Wild-caught in New England, dry-packed, never treated with additives or preservatives, Jumbo U10.

Hawaiian Pink Snapper Wild, rod-and-reel caught in Hawaii, responsibly sourced, prized for its clear, light-pink flesh and delicate flavor. Certified Sustainable by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Chilean Sea Bass – Wild, line-caught, responsibly sourced. A restaurant classic, with snow-white flesh, comparable to sablefish or black cod. Certified Sustainable by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

North Atlantic Cod – Wild, line-caught, responsibly sourced and Certified Sustainable by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Swordfish – Wild, line-caught, responsibly sourced from Mediterranean Sea. Moist and flavorful with a slightly sweet taste, moderately high oil content and a firm, meaty texture.

With everything from grass-fed beef, organic chicken, heritage-breed pork, foraged mushrooms, caviar, and now a selection of seafood, www.dartagnan.com is a destination for conscientious consumers who truly care about where their food comes from.

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ZERO (Calories, Net Carbs, Sugar, and Fat)! Walden Farms

Walden Farms® introduces a major re-brand across its product line, beginning with 22 salad dressing varieties, to be followed by the other segments, including coffee creamers, condiments, dips, spreads, sauces, and syrups. The improved recipe, now with natural flavors, will also be tastefully reflected by a new design highlighting key nutritional claims and engaging food photography. The Walden Farms’ dressings are proudly free from artificial flavors and dyes, made with real vegetables, fruit fibers and ingredients. Offering a full line of specialty condiments and food enhancers with zero calories, zero net carbs, zero sugar and zero fat, Walden Farms uniquely provides consumers with unmatched attributes vs. other brands in the marketplace. Additionally, all products are keto friendly, gluten free, kosher and have no high fructose corn syrup and most are vegan, dairy free and cholesterol free.

The Walden Farms products appeal to multiple consumers, including those who don’t want to waste their calories on high fat dressings & condiments, or who follow a vegan, gluten-free or keto diet. They also strongly resonate with people living a healthy active lifestyle or looking to manage their weight or control their diabetes.

The brand refresh coincides with the debut of an engaging new website www.waldenfarms.com where people can find appetizing recipe ideas, nutritional facts, product details, store locator information or easily buy direct online.

Consumers who watch calories and carbs use salad dressings 30% more than the average consumer and nearly half of that audience seeks dressings that have zero calories, fat, sugar, or gluten*. These consumers know more than anyone that ‘Small Swaps Save Calories™’. “Walden Farms’ Dressings allow people to control calories, fat, carbohydrates, gluten or sugars without giving up great taste.” says Deborah Sidney, Senior Brand Manager for Walden Farms. “Walden Farms’ dressings are incredibly versatile such as for spreading on sandwiches, dipping with vegetables, and using as marinades for cooking!”

With creamy and vinaigrette varieties in 22 flavors, Walden Farms has a salad dressing for every palate including Bacon Ranch, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese, Caesar, Chipotle Ranch, French, Honey Dijon, Italian, Ranch, Raspberry Vinaigrette, Sesame Ginger, and Thousand Island. Walden Farms’ salad dressings are available in 12-ounce bottles for a SRP of $4.99 at natural and grocery retailers nationally and is also sold online directly

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Discover Tunisian Cuisine

May is International Mediterranean Diet Month, created in 2009 by Oldways which celebrates the delicious food and wide ranging health benefits associated with the foods originating from this part of the world. And Tunisia, whose cuisine’s distinctive spiciness can be attributed to the many civilizations which have left their mark on this Mediterranean country celebrates with its healthy and tasty specialties. It is the melting pot of the Berber, Phoenician, Arab, Jewish, Turkish as well as Roman and French civilizations who have impacted this small northern African country whose appetizing recipes have been passed from generation to generation, from mother to daughter by word of mouth. Today, gastronomic explorers can experience the cuisine through Layla’s Delicacies as well as via tours organized by cultural institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Influences from all four corners of the world

Tunisian cooking can easily be distinguished from neighboring North African countries by its spiciness.
Strongly influenced by its geographic location and the passage of diverse civilizations, each region of Tunisia has its own unique recipes reflecting the ingredients found there. On the coasts, fish, and vegetables reign supreme. In the center and south of Tunisia, grains and meats take center stage. From the Borzgen couscous of the Kef area to lamb from Beja. The common denominator in all is their colorful, fragrant, and varied spices. Tabel, the magic mixture of spices most frequently used includes ground coriander seeds, caraway seeds, garlic and chile powders. Cumin, mint, laurel cloves or turmeric are often added.

“Tunisian cuisine is a wonderful mixture of local natural ingredients, influenced also by the Italian and French,” said Cindy Hoddeson, Board member of the Wellness Tourism Association. “One of the principles of wellness tourism is the inclusion of healthy food. Tunisia is a land offering a diet rich in flavors good for the body and soul.”

Typical Tunisian Ingredients

The flagship ingredient and not to be missed is Harissa, a condiment made with a mix of chili peppers, garlic, and spices commonly sold as a paste and key to the creation of different sauces. Like Harissa, tomato paste is also an integral part of the Tunisian pantry. Other special condiments and flavorings are rose, orange blossom, jasmine, and geranium waters. Like many countries in the Mediterranean basin, the Tunisian cuisine is heavily based on olive oil, tomatoes, seafood, and some meat. Wonderful local fruits include lemon, oranges, figs, dates, olives, apricots, and pomegranates. Sweet treats are made with honey, almonds, and pine nuts. Grains like rice, couscous and pastas from Italian influence are mainstays.

Typical, Well-Known Dishes

Following are some typical dishes which locals and visitors enjoy:

Ojja (often called Shakshuka): (with or without a spicy Harissa-spiked Merguez sausage) – Tunisian Ojja is a typical light meal made with eggs and sausage with a spicy and garlicky, tomato and pepper sauce. Brik – tiny parcel of minced lamb, beef or vegetables and an egg wrapped in thin pastry and deep fried. Fricassé – tiny sandwich with tuna, harissa, olives, eggs, and olive oil. Label abi – rich garlicky soup made with chickpeas (other ingredients such as tuna, eggs, harissa, and cubes of bread can also be included) Couscous – the national dish prepared in many different ways and made from small durum semolina balls that are crushed and steamed. Seafood- whole fish are prepared and fire-grilled but can be fried or sautéed topped with lemon juice, sea salt and parsley.

Via this link is a traditional Tunisian Recipe for Ojja (Shakshuka) with Merguez – Traditional Tunisian Recipe.

Sweet treats also are found in the region (a reward for healthy eating!).

Rim Ben Amara, who own Layla’s Delicacies in Union, New Jersey is the only Tunisian pastry
shop in the US specializing in authentic Tunisian pastries said, “Tunisian pastries are traditionally made by hand at home and are made with the finest high-quality ingredients. They take an incredible amount of time and attention to detail. They are a way to show gratitude and to welcome guests at weddings and other happy celebrations. Treats have a rich history and come from different parts of Tunisia.

Rim Ben Amara shares two staples of the Tunisian pastries: Samsa that is originally from Tunis, the Capital.

Samsa – One of the most famous pastries in Tunis, especially during the month of Ramadan.

When going Downtown Tunis (Beb Lebnet), you will find a street full of shops specializing in just Samsa. Tunisians travel from all over the country to buy these pastries. These triangle-shaped little gems have a crispy outer layer made out of thin brik filo sheets and a moist filling made out of a mix of crunchy almonds and hazelnuts.

And Kaak Warka – Originally from Sfax, the second largest City, and located in the south.

Found at every wedding or a happy celebration in Tunis. These tiny donut-shaped treats are filled with almond paste and infused with rose water for a distinct flavor and a subtle sweet taste.

Mahmoud Labidi, Tourism Professor in Management at the University of Sousse said, “We are thrilled to open the door to our Tunisian kitchen as well as to discover some of our historic and UNESCO sites such as Carthage, our beaches, our desert and more.”

“Local cuisine is an amazing way to experience a country,” said Jim Friedlander, President, Arrangements Abroad. “We are thrilled to be operating a tour sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Tunis this September (2021). Cuisine as well as art, architecture and culture, play an important part of the total experience.”

Tunisia wants to share the tasty culinary offerings found in Tunisia and wishes everyone a toast with a Tunisian Boukha and a tasty fig liqueur until we can travel again!”

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