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Cheese please – Regular or reduced fat?

Cheese please – Regular or reduced fat?

The results from a previous regular vs. reduced fat cheese taste taste were so encouraging, that I have decided to do another one. This time, I have decided to make it an even closer comparison by sticking to the same brand and the same type of cheese so that it’s even a closer comparison. For this taste(…)

Vegan cupcakes: Do they taste any good?

Vegan cupcakes: Do they taste any good?

I came across a recipe for the “Best-Ever Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes” and thought “This looks interesting. I wonder what this would taste like”. Vegan diets don’t include any animal products so typical ingredients such as eggs, milk and butter are not included in the recipe. It also just so happens that I had a housewarming(…)

Food lab: Vegan cupcakes

Food lab: Vegan cupcakes

For this experiment I used two different recipes: One for regular chocolate cupcakes and another one for vegan chocolate cupcakes. Regular Chocolate Cupcakes Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder 2 tsp instant coffee 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 cup butter 1 3/4 cup sugar 4 large eggs(…)

Can you have your cheese and eat it too?

Can you have your cheese and eat it too?

I was in the grocery store the other day picking up some brie when I noticed a lower fat version next to it (Allegro). I’ve seen these lower fat cheeses at various grocery stores lately and have had the opportunity to sample their product. I have to admit – the cheese is pretty good. I(…)

Strawberries – Local vs. imported vs. organic

Strawberries – Local vs. imported vs. organic

A couple of the coworkers in my office made a great suggestion the other week – to do a taste test on local produce vs. imported vs. organic. There are a number of farmer’s markets in Toronto that take place during the summer months plus there is a big push to support locally grown produce.(…)

Salt substitutes – Can you break the salt habit?

Salt substitutes – Can you break the salt habit?

There has been a lot of news in the media recently about sodium and how most people need to watch the amount of salt they have in their diet. It has been estimated that the average Canadian consumes 3,400 mg of sodium each day. This is well over the recommendations of no more than 2,300 mg of sodium each day (the(…)

Chicken bouillon – Some additional details…cost and sodium content

Chicken bouillon – Some additional details…cost and sodium content

The results from the chicken bouillon taste test pointed to a clear winner. The vast majority preferred the taste of the Chicken bouillon gel capsules. I also have to agree, that this one tasted the most like a classic chicken stock. However, let’s look beyond just taste. The gel capsules are the most expensive out(…)

Food lab: Chicken bouillon

Food lab: Chicken bouillon

For this taste test we tried four different types of chicken stock: Chicken Bouillon Cubes Homestyle Stock: Chicken (gels) Chicken Broth (tetra pak) Chicken Stock Mix (powder) For this taste test we reconstituted three different types of chicken stock and also tried a chicken stock available in tetra pak. My observations between the different types:  (…)

Chicken bouillon – cubes, powder, gels or cartons: Is one better than the other? Or is it just personal preference?

Chicken bouillon – cubes, powder, gels or cartons: Is one better than the other? Or is it just personal preference?

A coworker of mine brought in a food product that has left me quite curious – Knorr Homestyle Stock: Chicken capsules. I’ve seen the powders, the bouillon cubes, even the liquid stock in cartons but this is the first time I’ve ever seen these concentrated stock capsules. They kind of look like applesauce snack packs.(…)

Sugar vs. Sweetener…again – Blueberry muffins (Part 2)

Sugar vs. Sweetener…again – Blueberry muffins (Part 2)

Okay, I’ll admit it. I have extra sweetener sitting in my cupboards that I feel inclined to use up. I hate throwing away ingredients! So I figured I would do another sugar vs.sweetener taste test and again, bake blueberry muffins but turn the tables. I’m going to use a recipe that was developed with sugar(…)