Best Of The Best for 2020

2020 was quite a year, but week-after-week we never failed to bring our shoppers and foodies world-wide cuisine highlights, cooking tips and recipe collections meant to please and inspire! From sweet to savory, healthy to indulgent; here is a look back on our Top 10 Bookmark-Worthy blogs from this year.

 

Must-Try Pies

Snickerdoodle Pie

Released just after Halloween, it is no surprise that this article was a favorite among readers and writers alike. We focused on variations beyond your “usual” apple and pumpkin pies with a collection that features snickerdoodle, caramel pear, salted maple, bananas foster and more. We’re happy to say this blog contributed to many-a Thanksgiving featuring something unique, different and delicious for dessert, all made with on sale ingredients from the Best In Fresh!

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Cooking 101: Lemon

Lemon Turmeric Cake

Bright, tangy and bursting with a unique boldness in any dish it touches, lemon is an ingredient popular worldwide for its ability to add a depth of flavor to foods both sweet and savory. In this article we dived into its nutritious profile, history throughout the world, buying and storage tips, and lastly the best and most popular ways to utilize this amazing fruit. From sauces and marinades to desserts, drinks and beyond, this blog is THE place to learn more about lemon than you’d ever think to know!

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Egg Roll With It

Pulled Pork and Collard Greens Egg Roll

It is amazing what you can do with some wonton wrappers and your favorite fillings, and this blog was created specifically to help spread that fact! Where the most exposure most Americans have to egg rolls are from Chinese take-out (which we cannot argue, are always excellent), once you discover how easy they are to prepare at home an entire world opens up. A world filled with crunchy-on-the-outside, buffalo chicken or cheeseburger or pulled pork or jalapeño popper or chili-cheese or practically ANYTHING on-the-inside appetizer, lunch or dinnertime goodness.

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Cooking 101: Salmon!

Cooked Salmon Fillet

A heart-healthy favorite in households across the U.S. and beyond, salmon never fails to make even a regular weeknight into a pinky-up affair. Gaining favor by the American Heart Association for its omega-3 fatty acids, they advise eating it twice a week to enjoy its benefits, a recommendation anyone can get behind after reading this blog. Filled with a history of the once-plentiful fish, the different types to choose from, a full nutritional breakdown, buying, storage and preparation tips, and 10 mouth-watering ways to enjoy salmon, you’ll be happy to know after reading you can grab salmon on sale now in our seafood department!

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Coffee EVERYTHING

Mocha Waffles

Before this blog, the places to enjoy the rich, bold flavor of coffee apart from your morning cup of joe and ice cream might have seemed slim, but behold! Not 10, but 12+ unique and enticing recipes using what we consider to be a terribly underutilized ingredient. Yes, there are the handful of baking and sweet uses you that may not come as a surprise, but we know we never thought of using it with maple syrup on bacon before!

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S’mores 8 Ways

S'mores Dip

Released just before Memorial day, we dived into some of the many ways to enjoy the nostalgic combination of graham cracker chocolate and marshmallow. Less messy and even more delicious, many of these recipes and methods release s’mores from the constraints of summertime around a fire and make it a year round treat. From cookies and brownies to s’mores dip and even a s’mores-centric snack board, these recipes are ‎️‍🔥 without requiring any actual fire!

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Springtime Sweetness

Lemon Raspberry Cake

This year we welcomed the sun and warmer weather with a selection of sweet treats specifically chosen for their unique ingredients, recipes and ability to guarantee a “YUM” out of anyone who tried them! Lemon, strawberry, lavender, Funfetti, pink lemonade, creamsicle, key lime and coconut – this list alone was so filled with ways to brighten someone’s day it was a shining light all spring and summer!

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Totally Awesome Toast Toppings

Ricotta + Apple + Honey Toast

Ahh, a blog that perfectly captures the complexities of something as – at-a-glance – “simple” as toast! Featuring fresh, fridge and pantry ingredients in all types of arrangements, these recipes showcase a host of ways you can grab your favorite bread, pop it in the toaster, pile on some toppings and turn it into a nutritious, filling and gourmet meal on the fly. Yes, avocado toast is included in this collection, but we go way beyond that with recipes featuring Greek yogurt, hummus, peanut butter, whipped ricotta, mashed white beans, goat cheese, melted brie and more! Definitely worth a look for anyone who enjoys a simple no-cook breakfast!

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Cooking 101: Icebox Cake

Cooking 101: Icebox Cake

Highlighting what we feel to be a seriously underrated dessert, icebox cakes first became popular in the 1930’s to promote the sale of early refrigerators before they were popular. Made by layering a dry cookie or cracker with a sweet cream then leaving your “cake” to set in the refrigerator, they are the perfect dessert for both warm weather and anytime your sweet tooth calls while you happen to be in a “no-baking” mood. Because the science of the icebox cake allows for so much variety and customization, you’ll see recipes that use Ritz crackers, graham crackers, and even cookies combined with all types of sweet creams layered with fresh fruit, dessert sauces and more.

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Fun With Fries

Conventional French Fries

There may be no better way to indulge than loaded fries, but there are so many more ways to load up than some cheese! To kick off this article we dived into the history of potatoes, most notably where they get their moniker of “French” fry despite originating in Belgium. Next we go into the many ways to prepare french fries from scratch at home, down to picking the perfect potato to french fry-ify. From nacho and buffalo chicken topped fries to pizza and truffle parmesan, don’t limit these fries to an appetizer – they are a full meal in themselves!

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Thanks for joining us on our journey to deliver deliciousness of all kinds to our shoppers and readers this year and always!
-The Best

December 23, 2020