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April Is...

  National Soft Pretzel Month; National Soyfoods Month; National BLT Sandwich Month; National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month; National Food Month; National Pecan Month;  Fresh Florida Tomato Month;  Atlanta Food and Wine Month; Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage Month; Cranberries and Gooseberries Month; National Garlic Month; and Tomatillo and Asian Pear Month.  

Find daily "April Is" postings on Sally's Place in our The Daily Dish section.


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April 2016
New 2016 Cookbooks
Now that we are entering the 4th month of 2016 it is time to experience the new 2016 cookbooks. Here are just a few for you to consider:

My Kitchen in Rome: Recipes and Notes on Italian Cooking by Rachel Roddy 
This book offers a first-person narrative about Rome-entirely appropriate given the title of the book. Be prepared to read a lot of "I like..." and "I make..." statements, presumably preferences and affinities author Rachel Roddy gleaned from the collective culinary consciousness that exists in Rome. Her voice, like the voice of most Romans, is opinionated and experienced. It's also frugal and practical. Listen to it. The emphasis is on techniques and tactics-you can expect to understand why a food mill is crucial as well as the beautiful simplicity of a proper affogato-punctuated by charming glimpses of life in Rome. And, natch, recipes.
Grilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between by Heidi Gibson and Nate Pollak
This book has the perfect grilled cheese down to a science. Pan types, butter, cooking methods, breads, melty cheeses-no component remains unexamined. And that's just the book's introduction. Each recipe that follows is ridiculously cheesy and naughtily delicious, beginning with grilled cheese for mornings and following with 31 even more inventive recipes for later in the day, including Grilled Cheese with (Literally) Everything and even a Grilled Mac and Cheese Sandwich.
Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by supermodel Chrissy Teigen
This Sports Illustrated swimsuit covergirl knows how to party and entertain!  Her recipes work well. Salty, spicy, saucy, and fun as sin (that's the food, but that's Chrissy, too), these dishes are for family, for date night at home, for party time, and for a few life-sucks moments (salads).

The Quick Six Fix
by Stuart O'Keefe
6 ingredients, 6 minutes prep and 6 minutes cleanup is the premise here.  O'Keeffe offers 100 no fuss, full-flavor practical recipes and the color photos will also win you over. Think Sticky Ribs, Crispy Salmon with Pistachio Basil Butter, and Aunt Derry's Guinness Cake from this Ireland native who now calls Los Angeles home.

Power Souping 50+ Simple and Delicious Recipes by Rachel Beller
Beller says souping is the newest way to build a better body and power your health, all while enjoying big bowls of soup filled with real, satisfying ingredients.  Unlike high-sugar, low-fiber juice cleanses, souping is just the opposite--low sugar, high fiber, and filling!

The first 3 recommendations come from Leite's Culinara, a weekly newsletter I receive every Sunday morning that offers not only recipes but also beautiful color food photos.  David Leite lives in New York City and is the author of The New Portuguese Table. David has the distinction of being the first winner ever of a James Beard Award for a website in 2006.  He won again for Leite's Culinara in 2007 and then in 2008 he was awarded his third James Beard Award for a newspaper article that appeared in The New York Times

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All the best in food, wine, and travel.
Happy April,
Sally Bernstein 
Sally's Recommendations

Cascade Ice is available in over 30 great tasting varieties. Cascade Ice water is a sodium free, caffeine free, gluten free flavored sparkling water with a clean crisp, delicious taste.  Cascade Ice water eliminates all the unnecessary, unhealthy "extras" found in other flavored waters like sugar, sodium, carbs, caffeine and gluten - giving you pure, refreshing taste.  Their flavors include: Acai Blueberry Pomegranate, Black Raspberry, Blueberry Watermelon, Coconut, Coconut Mango, Coconut Pineapple, Cranberry Pomegranate, Huckleberry Blackberry, Lemonade, McIntosh Apple, Orange Mango, Peach Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate Berry, Raspberry Lemonade, Strawberry Banana, Strawberry Guava, Strawberry Lemonade, Strawberry Orange Mango, and Wild Berry. Click here  to order.  $1.00 to $2.00 depending on the retailer.   

Séka Hills Olive Oil is made in the Capay Valley in Northern California.  Making the most of their prime location, they harvest 82 acres of super high density Arbequina olive trees. Séka Hills estate grown olives are harvested at the peak of ripeness. And each year they work with nearby olive growers to produce limited quantities of varietal extra virgin olive oils. Delivered immediately after picking to the Séka Hills Olive Mill, their  clean, fresh fruit produces high quality extra virgin olive oil.  Click here to order. $6.00 to $20, depending on size. 
Sparkling ICE is a great tasting, lightly carbonated beverage made of sparkling water, natural flavors, fruit juice, vitamins and antioxidants. An excellent soda alternative, this light and refreshing beverage contains zero calories, zero carbs, is sugar free, gluten free, and sodium free. It also comes in over 20 different delicious flavors including a line of Teas and Lemonades. Not only is Sparkling ICE the perfect drink to enjoy while cutting out soda, it is also a simple addition to healthy snacks and low calorie cocktail recipes! Click here to order. $1.19-$1.29/bottle

Crafted Kosher
Crafted Kosher is an online kosher boutique, filled with exotic kosher products that Dovid Paige culled from across the globe. Whether you're a foodie looking for unique ideas, a regular Joe looking for a treat for a special occasion, or a devoted friend or coworker searching for the perfect gift to impress a kosher-keeping recipient, you'll be at the right place. Their products are sometimes trendy, sometimes unusual, and always fun and delicious. Not only that, but every single item is certified by the most reliable kosher agencies in the world. To order, click here.   

Séka Hills Wildflower Honey draws its distinctive taste from the rolling hills and fields of Northern California's Capay Valley. Its richness and depth come from the extensive variety of wildflowers such as redbod, rose clover and ceonothus found on 9,000 acres of tribal land, where thousands of hives are strategically distributed. Click here to order. $9/10 oz jar.

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