Archive for August 22, 2012
Do you blog about your trials and tribulations with food? Do you reach out to your readers every so often in search of new and exciting recipes? Are you tired of cooking the same meals night after night and looking for guidance from food experts?Do you ever wander the grocery store aisles in search of something new?
If you answered yes to any of those questions you should check out The Dish. The Dish is an online resource center (aka: a website) designed to help bloggers discover new recipes and read up on the latest food trends.
The site focuses on four main topics, which include Seasonal Spotlight, Recipe Resources, Ask Our Team and First Look, First Taste. The first three content areas are accessible by anyone, but to view First Look, First Taste you have to register with a blog URL.
Of course, I was most interested to discover what little nuggets of information were hiding there. I registered immediately and received an email a few days later with a user name and password confirming my acceptance. This section of the website contains details about new products.
Best of all, if you like the products mentioned you can often request samples of them. I just requested a sample of Orville Redenbacher’s Ready-to-Eat Gourmet Popcorn. Yummy!
Don’t worry if you don’t have a blog. Even those without blogs will find interesting articles and tidbits of information on The Dish. I really enjoyed the articles by Phil Lempert. He’s nicknamed the Supermarket Guru and his articles contain great advice on saving money at the supermarket.
For example, in his article about frozen foods Lempert suggests checking the package for the sight or sound of ice crystals. (I’ve never done or thought about this before.) If you feel or hear them he says it’s probably a sign the package has been thawed and refrozen.
He also points out that juice concentrates are a better bargain than jars or cartons. He writes: “Look carefully at the other jars or cartons and you’ll see the words, ‘made from concentrate’ on most of them. Don’t pay more for water! Add your own at home and you’ll save 30-50 percent, and your shopping bag will be a lot lighter!”
My husband and I often purchase apple juice in concentrated form.You can typically find it perched on the highest shelf in the juice aisle. It comes in a can and I usually store one or two cans in the pantry. If you’re in the mood for apple juice you simply find a pretty pitcher and add a few cups of water. It takes up much less space than a plastic bottle, and it’s expiration date is typically much longer.
If you are looking for new recipes, advice from food experts or simply searching for ways to save money at the grocery store I suggest checking out The Dish.
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