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The Jerky Revolution

by in News, Product Reviews, July 29th, 2014

JerkyRemember that beef jerky you got at the gas station during road trips? The stuff that’s loaded with sodium and has what you would imagine the texture of dog treats to be? Well, it has come a long way since then, becoming a bona fide healthy snack for protein lovers. With less sodium, better flavors and almost nothing unnatural about it, artisan jerky is on the rise.

Just one ounce of the leading brand’s beef jerky can have almost 800 milligrams of sodium, while new brands that concentrate on a more-natural process usually stay around 400 milligrams for the same-size serving (some as low as 300). Besides the fact that these new brands won’t make you feel like you’re gnawing on a salt block, they’ve also got an ingredient list you can fully pronounce. It’s refreshing to see words like “garlic” and “sesame seeds” in place of words like “flavorings” and “monosodium glutamate.”

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Staff Favorites from Food Network’s Product Guides for Summer

by in Product Reviews, July 15th, 2014

Staff Favorites from Food Network’s Product Guides for Summer‘Tis the season for backyard cookouts. Whether you’re the host of the soiree or one of the guests, you’ll want to be well-prepared. That’s why Food Network put together three Grilling Shopping Guides to help readers find all the right tools for summer parties — from gear and tableware to delicious sauces, condiments and more.

In order to find the best new items in the market, the editorial team sat through product pitches, searched look books and scoured the Internet. And then, of course, we had to try all the food (the part that the whole office eagerly volunteered for). We love everything in the guides and think that you will too. Here are just a handful of our favorites:

Piggyback Bacon Rack (pictured above)
Bacon makes everything better, and burgers and dogs are no exception. This handy rack keeps all the cooking in one place, and you don’t have to worry about the grease.

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Hot Sauce Cards to Spice Up Your Snail Mail

by in Product Reviews, July 7th, 2014

Hot Sauce CardsIt’s feeling hot, hot, hot out there. We’re certainly feeling the heat — and so is this stationery! There’s no denying that the food world has been buzzing about all things hot sauce, but I’m here today to spice up your snail mail too. If you douse breakfast, lunch and dinner with your beloved spicy sauce of choice, these cards are for you (like the one pictured above from Gotamago).

You know what they say: “If you can’t take the heat ….”

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Temp Tats Help You Wear Your Love of Cooking on Your Sleeve

by in News, Product Reviews, June 26th, 2014

Temporary Food TattoosCooking from a recipe can be logistically challenging — going back and forth from your cookbook or computer to the food you’re preparing while trying to keep several steps in your head and not lose your place. If you’ve ever found yourself yearning for a better way — and one that is far more fun — you’re in luck.

Two Italian problem solvers, Marina Cinciripini, an interior designer who loves kitchens, and Sarah Richiuso, a product designer and illustrator, have created a collection of illustrated recipes in the form of temporary tattoos. Cooks can apply the tattoos directly to their forearms — or really, one supposes, whatever body part they choose.

Marina and Sarah called their line of temp tattoos, which can be applied in seconds using a damp paper towel and last about two or three days, I Tradizionali — in part because they see it as a new way of passing down traditional recipes from generation to generation. What’s more, their website notes, having a recipe emblazoned on your forearm not only helps you remember how something is prepared, it also evokes “the common gesture of ‘rolling up one’s sleeves’ before cooking.” Poetry, right?

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Dig In This Father’s Day with Food-Inspired Cards for Dad

by in Product Reviews, June 5th, 2014

Dig In this Father's Day with Food-Inspired Cards for DadWe’ve all heard that “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” right? That means there’s a good chance that your dad (or husband or grandfather) likes to be behind the barbecue — or he at least likes eating whatever comes off said grill. We’ve rounded up a few cards for the food-loving father, to go perfectly with that new set of grill tools or that six-pack of beer you got him. Dig in.

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Dessert for Breakfast: Stationery for the Doughnut Lover in All of Us

by in Product Reviews, April 24th, 2014

Donut Galleria PrintsDoughnuts. We love ‘em all, don’t we? The frosted, the sprinkle-dipped, the jelly-filled and the good old-fashioned glazed. But how about indulging without the calories? For those fellow doughnut lovers out there, we have some stationery to send, art prints to hang (like the one pictured above from Donut Galleria) and tea towels to use, all dedicated to that perfectly round excuse for devouring dessert for breakfast.

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From Paper to Table: Pretty Menu Planners to Keep You Organized

by in Product Reviews, March 11th, 2014

Pretty Menu Planners to Keep You OrganizedMaking a menu for the week saves money and keeps mealtime organized. Of course it’s always much easier to get motivated to plan and organize when you have something pretty to do it with (like the ones above from Laura Drayton Creative) . Here are a few of our favorite menu planners to make getting dinner on the table a breeze.

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Stationery Inspired by Your Favorite Back-to-School Treats

by in Product Reviews, September 25th, 2013

"StationaryThe kids are back in school, and you can’t deny that this time of year always has you feeling nostalgic for those classic after-school snacks and before-school breakfasts. A shiny red apple, a bowl of kid-friendly cereal, a good ol’ PB&J? You may no longer be eating these on a daily basis, but we know you still love them. So here’s a selection of stationery, for every occasion (like the cards above from Hello! Lucky left and right), inspired by those memory-inducing treats.

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Citrus-Inspired Stationery to Beat the Summer Heat

by in Product Reviews, August 6th, 2013

Citrus-Inspired StationaryCitrus season may technically be in the winter, but really, is there anything more refreshing than that zesty fruit in the hot summer months? I think not. For those of you trying to beat the heat in every way possible, here are a few citrus-inspired cards and gifts to take a peek at while you sip that glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade.

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Pretty Market Lists + Notepads to Organize Your Grocery Shopping

by in Product Reviews, May 20th, 2013

Mavora Market ListsHave you done your spring cleaning yet? Well, whether you’ve cleaned house or not, Oh So Beautiful Paper is here to help you get at least one thing perfectly organized this season: your grocery list. Planning weekly menus (like the one pictured above from Mavora Cards) and making shopping lists will certainly help save you money and stay on track while weaving through the aisles at the store or market. These pretty little notepads are the perfect tool for getting you started.

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