By Judy Hevrdejs, Tribune newspapers
February 20, 2013
No-knead bread mix
Never baked bread? Fleischmann's Simply Homemade No Knead Bread Mix is a good first step. Mix water into the box's contents (packets of yeast, sugar, bread mix), shape dough into a loaf, let rise, then bake. Been baking bread from scratch since I was a kid, and this dough was easy to handle, produced an artisan-sturdy loaf and took less than an hour (57 minutes to be exact) from start to finish. In Country White, Stoneground Wheat, Multi-Grain and Italian Herb, its suggested retail price: $2.99 for a 14-ounce box. A store locater is at simplyhomemadebread.com.
Bowls that measure up
Fall in love with the colors of these Pinch & Pour Prep Bowls, then embrace their ease of use. When the sturdy white plastic sides are squeezed, the colorful rubber makes a pouring spout. The stacking bowls, in graduated sizes, have measure markings (1 cup, 1/2 cup, etc.) and can be used with hot or cold, dry or liquid ingredients. They're top rack dishwasher safe. A set of four bowls is $14.95 at Crate & Barrel. For a store locater or to buy, go to crateandbarrel.com.
Chips crunch to a new beat
Change up the snack lineup for the next TV awards show with Simply Sprouted's Way Better Snacks tortilla chips. Sprouted ingredients (quinoa, broccoli and daikon radish seeds), join corn in the six-flavor lineup that includes the usual suspects (multigrain, blue corn, etc.) It's the sweet chili version that won over tasters, while sweet potato was a close second. Eat 11 chips, notes the bag, and you'll take in 130 calories. Suggested retail price for a 5.5-ounce bag: $3.49. For a store locater or to buy, go to gowaybetter.com.