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New Food Stuffs Tried at Whole Foods Market, #84 Jarlsberg Cheese

Jarlsberg is nothing new, but right now, I can’t get enough of this Norwegian skim-milk cheese. It tastes like a mild form of Swiss. Apparently, I’m not the only one. Jarlsberg has it’s own facebook fan page! Most low-fat, no-fat and reduced-fat cheeses lack flavor and have a plastic texture, but Jarlsberg, even the lite variety, melts beautifully in grilled cheese. Is the reduced-fat version flavorful enough for your palate? The rating goes 1 to 10 (10 being the best).

Jarlsberg Lite
Verdict: 7

Appearance: Sold in a plastic wrapped block at Whole Foods Market. This cheese has large holes similar to Swiss, but thankfully, it doesn’t have the same stinky cheese smell

Texture: Semi-firm and smooth. Melts smoothly without being greasy.
Flavor: The overall taste is mild.  Since Jarlsberg is a skim-milk cheese, it lacks the same intensity as Swiss but has the same nutty, slightly sweet flavor. Great paired with other ingredients.
Cost: $ 3.59/lb
Health: Jarlsberg Lite is the low-fat version of Jarlsberg. High in calcium, and only has 70 calories and 3.5 grams of fat, while regular Swiss has about 100 calories and 8 grams of fat per serving.
Recommendation: You can use Jarlsberg (regular or lite) in any recipe that calls for Swiss. Store in the fridge. If eating in a cheese course, best served at room temperature. Delicious in a grilled cheese sandwich with a pumpernickel raisin roll and a drizzle of honey, melted over a veggie burger with sliced tomato and spicy mustard (pictured below), or shaved over scrambled eggs.

Resolution Stats: 22 new food stuffs tried, 83 more to go
Final Verdict: Doesn’t taste as flavorful as full-fat cheese, but if you are seeking a healthy alternative, Jarlsberg is great option for your everyday cheese fix.


Find Your Thanksgiving Dinner at the Farmers’ Market on NYC’s UWS

Here on NYC’s Upper West Side, we have an incredible greenmarket. This year-round neighborhood staple, located on 97th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, offers (not just) fruit, there are all kinds of sweets, too. The past week, the stands teemed with tomatoes, squash, apples, artisanal cheeses, honey, cakes, cookies, plants, chocolate, even turkeys– all grown and produced by local farmers. If some of the city’s best chefs create their menus from what they find here, there’s no reason to look any further than your city’s greenmarket for this year’s Thanksgiving shopping– especially, when all of the produce is fresh and relatively inexpensive.

Take the basic plum tomato. Last Friday, I had the opportunity to meet a local tomato farmer, hand-pick about 2 pounds of ripe plum tomatoes, (all organic and local), and create a delicious side of roasted tomatoes. All you need for this simple dish is a garlic bulb, olive oil, coarse salt, and some crusty bread, and you’ve got a start to your Thanksgiving feast!

Check out more market photos below…. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

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New Food Stuffs Tried at Whole Foods Market, # 94 Flax Quinoa Wheat Bread


There’s nothing like homemade bread. Thanks to my mom and a handy bread maker– I grew up with fresh-baked banana and zucchini bread. And my sister, Shoshana, followed suit. She swears by the bread machine and always has delicious vegan challahs on Friday night and fresh foccacia. But since I’m more of a cook than a baker, I rely on my neighbor, Whole Foods Market, to do the rising and shining. This morning for breakfast, David and I tried the Whole Foods Brand Flax Quinoa Wheat Bread. The bread made for a hearty breakfast with some eggs and cheese. Find out if you should head to WFM or go back to baking? The rating goes 1 to 10 (10 being the best).

Whole Foods Brand Flax Quinoa Wheat Bread

Appearance: Light brown crust, dusted with flour; the inside is speckled with lots of black seeds


Texture: A nice, substantial crust; the inside of the bread is soft; the quinoa adds a great hearty texture
Flavor: Wonderful, whole-grain nutty flavor; Like most bread, it tastes better toasted, plus the heat brings out the flavor and oils in the flax
Health: The first item on the ingredients is whole wheat flour. This is exactly what you want because it is full of natural fiber. The bread is also made with quinoa (pronounced keen-wa), an excellent source of protein, and flax seeds, one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. All of the ingredients are organic. The bread has no sugar, no preservatives, and no sweeteners. Even though all of the ingredients are clearly posted on the bag of bread, it’s frustrating that on the hearth breads there is no nutritional information.
Cost: $3.99 for 1.31 lb (a big loaf of bread)
Resolution Stats: 12 new foods stuffs tried, 93 more to go


Recommendation: I served this bread toasted, with a spread of greek yogurt, a few thin slices of Tarentaise (an organic, semi-hard cow’s milk cheese), sliced tomato, sliced cucumber, and a hard boiled egg, fresh pepper to taste, and some sprinkled sea salt.


Final Verdict: This hearth bread is great for vegetarians and those watching their weight. If you like to count things like calories and fiber, you may want to contact your local WFM (I contacted the market with a request for the nutritional info, so I’ll post as soon as I hear back), or just buy a commercial brand.