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  1. Taste test: salted butters

    Taste Test

    For years, I never bought salted butter, fearing it would change the taste of homemade foods. I preferred to add my own salt in recipes in order to keep better tabs on the sodium levels of the foods I serve to my family. One visit to Paris and I tossed that convention out the window. After slathering salted butter on a …

    Stick of unwrapped butter on blue cloth
  2. Taste test: frozen crab cakes

    Taste Test

    Crab cakes are easy enough to make at home, but I dread picking the bones or cartilage from the meat. And since lump crab isn't cheap, I'm always fearful of overhandling the meat to get the sand and grit out of the mixture. Luckily, a few food producers have done the prep work for us. We found six brands of frozen crab …

    Crab Cakes with Lemon and Tartar Sauce.
  3. Taste test: Pre-cooked chicken strips

    Taste Test

    My local Publix had a display this week featuring fresh pasta and pre-packaged, grilled chicken strips. It looked like a nice, quick weeknight dinner. After a little shopping around, I found eight brands of grilled chicken breast strips in local grocery store refrigerators and freezers. We prepared all in the oven, …

    Hazelnut Toast, with lemon zest, honey and mint. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.