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ShopSmart: The best skillets and cookware sets[Nov. 11, 2013]
The best pots and pans should conduct heat evenly, clean up easily, and have comfy handles that stay cool to the touch. The November issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, highlights seven skillets and cookware sets that exuded many of these qualities – including two from Walmart – and outperformed dozens of others in recent tests.
Cuisinart and Mr. Coffee models top Consumer Reports’ latest tests of coffeemakers[Nov. 5, 2013]
Serious coffee drinkers don’t have to spend a fortune to brew a good cup of Joe at home. In Consumer Reports’ latest tests of nearly 100 coffeemakers, models from Cuisinart and Mr. Coffee delivered convenience and optimal brewing that count. Consumer Reports evaluated seven types of coffeemakers. In tests of conventional drip coffeemakers, which are best for serving a crowd, the Recommended Cuisinart Crystal SCC-1000 Limited Edition Perfec Temp DCC-2800, $200, earned the highest marks. The Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT, a CR Best Buy, matched that brewing performance for just $40.
So you think you can cook?[Aug. 16, 2013]
Here's your opportunity to show off what you know. Since Bella Donna's is closed Sunday evenings, we are offering our kitchen to chefs (novice and professional) to come in and strut your stuff.
Edward Lee's adobo-fried chicken and waffles[Jun. 5, 2013]
Chef Edward Lee stopped in Fearrington Village in Chatham County to promote his new cook book "Smoke & Pickles" and to serve up some of the recipes from his book.
Below is his recipe for adobo-fired chicken and waffles.
Nearly 48,000 diners rate best & worst at 102 popular restaurant chains[Jun. 28, 2012]
Whether you’re traveling the interstate, looking for a sumptuous supper, or just want to get away from the kitchen this summer, Consumer Reports surveyed 47,565 diners to help find the best meals and best deals at 102 of the nation’s biggest sit-down chain restaurants. “Americans spend about $1.7 billion per day at restaurants. That’s close to the amount they spend each year on indigestion remedies. Clearly, diners deserve a sure thing: a clean place that provides tasty food, good value, and solicitous service” said senior projects editor Tod Marks.
Consumer Reports rates the best frozen treats for summer[Jun. 7, 2012]
When it comes to taste, offerings from 365 Everyday Value, Häagen-Dazs, Dove, and Walgreens led the pack in Consumer Reports latest tests of strawberry fruit bars, ice cream bars and sandwiches. The report is available online now at www.ConsumerReports.org
and in the July 2012 issue of Consumer Reports, which goes on sale Tuesday, June 5.
Subway’s Egg White and Cheese on Mornin’ Flatbread tops taste-tests of fast-food egg sandwiches[Apr. 29, 2012]
Egg sandwiches that are tasty and nutritious are hard to come by in most fast-food chains. Consumer Reports tried egg sandwiches from Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Subway—and deemed Subway’s Egg White and Cheese on Mornin’ Flatbread most tasty. Consumer Reports also evaluated the nutrition of egg sandwiches from those chains and Wendy’s to see if any could combine good taste and nutrition. The tastiest sandwich from Subway also had decent nutrition and while breakfast sandwiches from Burger King and McDonald’s rated good for taste, none of them scored better than fair for nutrition.
Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Publix & Fareway top Consumer Reports supermarket ratings[Apr. 5, 2012]
Consumer Reports subscribers rated Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Publix and Fareway tops among 52 of the nation’s major grocery stores. While most respondents were quite satisfied with their experiences, the survey also revealed even some of the high-rated chains gave plenty of shoppers something to complain about.
Wines that will go well with turtle soup[Sep. 13, 2011]
I am responding to Tony's enquiry regarding wine pairing with turtle. You do not say what your recipe is, so I am assuming it is turtle soup. If the recipe is calling for sherry or Madeira wine, then I would also serve either with the soup. However, I think wine is a personal taste and fully endorse the "drink the wine you would prefer" approach.
Consumer Reports taste tests the best cups of joe[Aug. 21, 2011]
Consumer Reports brewed over 1,000 cups of coffee to deem two new champs among Colombian varietals in the latest issue available on newsstands today. Gloria Jean’s Colombian Supremo Medium Roast and Newman’s Own Organics Colombian Especial Medium Roast beat Consumer Reports top pick from the March 2009 report, Eight O’Clock Coffee. The former champ delivered less flavor than in past tests even though their slogan claims, “New Look, Same Great Taste.” While America’s best-selling brands, Folgers and Maxwell House, scored only Fair far from perfect taste profiles.
Consumer Reports tests the top blenders for summertime soirees[Jul. 15, 2011]
Consumer Reports’ latest Ratings of 46 blenders have found that they not only blend, but will chop, juice, process food and even make soup. While some of the multitasking machines rose to the occasion, others could fail to impress at the next summer poolside party. The full report on blenders appears in the August issue of Consumer Reports.
We love to eat at Virlie's and San Filipe in Pittsboro[Mar. 28, 2011]
Virlie's restaurant just keeps getting better. There are now on-line reviews from people in other counties that say things like "Virlie's breakfasts rock!" And they do. The service at Virlie's is awesome too, even when they are bombed with customers. And the meatloaf on Thursdays is great old fashioned comfort food. Virlie's is a habit kinda place.
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