Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Best Bites: Fudge-Dipped Oreo Thin Bites

The folks at Oreo are always trying to come up with new variations on their popular treats, with varying degrees of success (seriously, do not bother trying Cherry Cola-flavored Oreos). One of their best efforts is Fudge-Dipped Oreo Thin Bites, which take little, doll-house sized Oreos and then dip them in chocolate. If you've ever had Oreos, and if you've ever had chocolate, you can easily imagine how good they are. The small size cleverly bumps up the ratio of chocolate to cookie, which is something we can all get behind.

Food & Drink

Tips for using summer-ish berries, now in season

What's in season: A sure sign summer is just around the corner, cartons of delicate berries are turning market stand displays vibrant shades of red, blue and purple. Raspberries, blueberries, boysenberries and blackberries – including large Kiowa blackberries and marionberries – are most common, though mulberries are turning up at some stands, with varieties ranging from darker Pakistans to the white Shahtoots. Availability will vary depending on the type of berry, with most generally available through early fall; mulberries are typically found through mid-summer.

Food & Drink

How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners

I'm still learning kitchen tips from my 87-year-old mother. Rather than rely on pricey delivered meal kits, she stocks a modest supply of essentials suitable for fast weeknight dinners and impromptu guests. Frozen shrimp, purchased on sale, is a standard. Same for a few key frozen vegetables, fast-cooking pasta, canned tomatoes and refrigerated chopped herbs. The spice drawer contains a modest variety of herbs and spices; olive oil, onions and garlic are always on hand.

Pets

A guide to barbecue safety for dog owners

Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer, is right around the corner, and many families will be celebrating with backyard barbecues. If you plan on having your four-legged friend at the party, there are a few things to keep in mind before you start grilling.

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