Annie’s Chocolate Chunk cookie dough
$3.29 for a 14-ounce package; Target and other retailers; www.annies.com
Annie’s, the Berkeley-based queen of mac-and-cheese, has expanded into the ready-to-bake cookie arena with these simple, old-fashioned chocolate chip wonders. They’re so good, it’s hard not to just eat the dough.
Yasso frozen Greek yogurt bars
$4.19 for four bars; Target and other retailers; www.yasso.com
Low in fat but full of flavor, these frozen treats mix mild Greek yogurt with mint chocolate chips, peanut butter cups and sea salt caramel among other options. Kids will love them, but moms might not want to share.
IKEA Easter buffet
$17 adults, $5 ages 12 and younger; 6 to 8 p.m. March 18; 916-371-4532 or www.ikea.com
The global Swedish home-furnishings chain has a best-kept secret: Its in-house restaurants serve some pretty good food at bargain prices. Expanding on that theme, the West Sacramento (700 Ikea Court) store will host a pre-Easter smorgasbord. Don’t be shy at the all-you-care-to-eat spread, with marinated, smoked and poached salmon; cheeses, salads and crispbread; Swedish meatballs, ham, link sausages and potato casserole; and a bakery’s worth of desserts. Tickets can be purchased at the store.
The Jackfruit Company BBQ Jackfruit
$4.99 for a10-ounce package; Sprouts; www.thejackfruitcompany.com
Unless you’re a vegan, jackfruit (from a South Asian tree) might not be on your culinary radar. But it should be. It has the texture of chicken or pork and a mild flavor. Tossed with some barbecue sauce, it makes a tasty and healthy meat alternative that’s low in fat and high in fiber.
Invisible Chef baking mixes
$5-$15 per package; Macy’s, Cost Plus World Market and others; www.theinvisiblechef.com
We recently followed the simple steps to make Invisible Chef’s Cherry Chocolate Chip tea/coffee cake and were pleased with the results. Invisible Chef was founded 10 years ago by friends Terry Howard and Jill McCauley, who parlayed modified family recipes into the concept of using natural ingredients to make their small-batch product. The lines includes mixes for cakes, breads, scones, muffins, brownies and more.
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