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Shiitake Mushroom Chicken

March 23, 2015 in What's New

It’s disconcerting that at any given moment, bombs are going off somewhere in the world. Fortunately, not all bombs are destructive. Modern chefs have created umami bombs. Umami—oo-MA-mee—is the “fifth taste” (after sweet, salty, sour, and bitter...), and it’s been used for ages, though not officially identified until the early twentieth century. When dropped in the mouth, umami bombs detonate comforting, savory flavors. Trader Ming’s Shiitake Mushroom Chicken is our latest comestible bomb, and it’s been...

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Baconesque White Cheddar Popcorn

March 20, 2015 in What's New

If it tastes like bacon and it smells like bacon, it must be bacon, right? Well, not exactly. Trader Joe’s Baconesque White Cheddar Popcorn has achieved the feat of tasting like bacon, without actually containing bacon. Let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start). Here, it all begins with air-popped butterfly popcorn, a special variety that pops into a fluffy piece of popcorn with a captivatingly crunchy center. That crunchy popcorn is loaded into a...

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Classic Colomba di Pasqua

March 18, 2015 in What's New

The image of a white dove brings to mind things like love & peace, the Olympics, Noah’s Ark, and... bread. Yes, bread. At least, that’s what the average Italian thinks of when a dove is spotted in the springtime. The Colomba di Pasqua, literally “Easter Dove,” is sweetened bread that has been an annual tradition in Italy for hundreds of years. The Colomba di Pasqua is a holiday treat similar to the...

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