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Archive | February, 2012

Snack Bag Giveaway

Update, 3/2: The contest is now closed and we have a winner – commenter #10, Michelle S. Thank you so much to everyone who entered! What’s almost as much fun as eating a snack? Packing it up, of course! Our kids received these super-cool Snack Happened snack bags from Itzy Ritzy at a Christmas party, [...]

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Sumo Time

Are you ready for Sumo time? Not summertime, Sumo time. The Sumo (known in Japan as a Dekopon) is a tangerine/orange hybrid developed in Japan and now grown in California. It looks like the biggest mandarin you’ve ever seen – with a distinctive top-knot – and it’s super-sweet, seedless, and easy to peel. In other [...]

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Ode to Hummus

Oh hummus how I love you so/ So many foods with which you go/ So many ways to make you mine/ At this moment I see nine. Clockwise from top: Carrot, black sesame seed, broccoli, black garbanzo bean, pumpkin, spinach, black bean, plain, tomato. Basic Hummus Recipe 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained, with 1/4 [...]

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Heirloom Tomatoes

We love heirloom tomatoes, but…in the winter? Really? Well, yes. Our friends at Frieda’s – The Specialty Produce Company are offering beautiful garden-fresh heirloom tomatoes this month, and they were kind enough to send us some to sample. Heirloom tomatoes – known for their odd shapes and mottled colors – are the classic first generation [...]

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Breakfast Cookies

True story: A friend of ours who grew up on a farm used to eat oatmeal cookies for breakfast. On the face of it, it sounds decadent. But if you really think about it, it’s not so bad – and in fact it’s better than most of today’s breakfast offerings. Whole oats, eggs, raisins, brown [...]

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Valentine’s Day Appetizer

It’s nearly that time of year again, when almost all food is colored red and/or shaped like hearts. We’re no different here at Jolly Tomato – we’re happy to make heart-shaped food when the occasion calls for it – but we try to keep food colorings out of the picture whenever possible. When the SoCal Lady [...]

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