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Fired up for Chile Peppers

Fired up for Chile Peppers

Alana Sugar

Summer brings a variety of peppers, some hot, some not. Because different peppers have different levels of heat, they offer tremendous versatility in cooking.

Hot peppers, also called chile peppers, contain varying degrees of capsaicin, the chemical compound that puts the heat in the hot pepper. (Bell peppers have a recessive gene that eliminates the capsaicin, so they’re never spicy.) The smaller the pepper, the greater the heat, so start BIG to be safe! Here’s a low-down on popular peppers:... Read More

  • Poblano – Mild; when dried, they’re known as Ancho chile peppers.
  • Anaheim – Mild; named after Anaheim, California where it was first planted.
  • Serrano – Pretty hot.

Homemade S’mores Cupcakes

Homemade S’mores Cupcakes

Homemade S’mores Cupcakes

We’re heading into Memorial Day Weekend, which I see as the kick-off for summer. It’s time for BBQs, camping, going to the lake, and laying pool side. I actually went to my first BBQ a couple of months ago (hello, lovely California weather!), and when I was asked to bring a dessert, I wanted to come up with something BBQ friendly. Sure, there’s peach cobblers and another summer fruit desserts, but besides the fact that none of that was in season yet, I also gravitate towards chocolate and cupcakes... Read More

Essential Seasonings for Grilling

Essential Seasonings for Grilling

Elizabeth Smith

Mention the start of grilling season to a diehard grill master and prepare to get an earful about how grilling is always in season. It certainly was in my house growing up. The Midwest’s unforgiving weather didn’t deter my father from firing up our grill. The frequency of grilled meats, fish and veggies at my house meant we experimented a lot with added flavors, from Cajun to Asian-influenced, smoky to sweet spices.  

Dry Rubs: Jamaican Me Hungry
If you haven’t already befriended dry rubs, it’s time. They add depth of flavor to your favorite grilled foods, but try them when you’re baking and pan-frying too. The right combination of spices can give your meal a Southern kick, an island flare or a Texas twist. Try them with beef, tofu, fish, pork chops, chicken breasts and vegetables.

Explore a wide variety of combinations and follow these guidelines for best results:... Read More

Hot Value Tips for Summer Grilling

Hot Value Tips for Summer Grilling

Value Guru

Are you fired up for backyard barbeques but fearful of your budget going up in smoke? Thanks to The Whole Deal® value guide, it’s easy to get the fire going without burning a hole in your pocket.

Fire Up Flavor

Saving money shouldn’t mean skimping on taste – especially when summer offers some of the year’s best bites. Here are three budget recipes that make the most of the season and The Whole Deal’s savings. Bonus: they each have only five ingredients and ring in at under $4 per serving!... Read More

  1. Grilled Sausage and Pepper Salad.

Homemade Marshmallow Fluff

Homemade Marshmallow Fluff

It’s been a while since I’ve had time to blog, but I couldn’t wait any longer to share this with you. Have you ever had marshmallow creme? This awesome stuff is like fluffy, spreadable marshmallow. You can sandwich it between cookies, use it in s’mores, spread it on a cupcake…   or just lick it off a spoon... Read More

Double-Duty Berry Beauty Parfait

Double-Duty Berry Beauty Parfait

Kristen Arnett

A Treat for Skin (and taste buds!)

Summer brings warm, sunny days and berries in abundance! Does anyone else wait all year to scarf down nature’s good-for-you, sweet snacks by the handful – or is it just me?

As a natural beauty devotee, the line is constantly blurred between food I want to eat and food I want to put on my skin. Whenever I make a mask at home with delicious, healthy ingredients I end up licking it out of the mixing bowl and sometimes off my face, too!

So I gave in and created one scrumptious, berry-filled, all-natural, skin-beneficial recipe to be both a facial treatment and a healthy treat - that’s actually easy and fast to make.

Meet the Summer Berry Beauty Parfait!

 

Ingredients you’ll need - and their benefits:... Read More

World Fair Trade Day Deals + Sweepstakes

World Fair Trade Day Deals + Sweepstakes

Elizabeth Smith

Hip hip hurray, Saturday is World Fair Trade Day! Our US stores are celebrating by stretching the festivities from Friday to Sunday with a three-day sale on hundreds of Whole Trade® products. From Guayakí and Theo Chocolate to Nature’s Path and Traditional Medicinals, we’re highlighting Whole Trade® products and making it easy to bring the celebration home with you.

Sale valid in US stores only. Availability and prices may vary by region, so you can contact your store for details. While supplies last.... Read More