New premium sauces
Billed as a super-premium line of pasta sauces, R&B Foods Inc. has launched the Bertolli Riserva sauces. The sauces feature unusual combinations for jarred sauces: Balsamic Vinegar with Caramelized Onions, Asiago Cheese with Artichokes, Porcini Mushroom with White Truffle Oil and Marinara with Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese. Available at most grocery stories. Suggested retail is $5.99. villabertolli.com.
Good spice packs
The well-known McCormick brand has come out with a new line of gluten-free mixes. Certified by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness with no MSG or artificial flavors, the blends are available for making meat loaf, fajitas, spaghetti sauce, and beef stew. Prices range from around $1 for the fajita spice to $1.58 for the meatloaf. Available in the season mix aisles of supermarkets and more. mccormick.com.
One good cooking tip
For a nutty, sweet take on dishes, substitute a can of coconut cream sauce in savory or sweet dishes. Chicken soup can be made dairy-free with the substitution for milk or heavy cream. The coconut flavor, common in Thai dishes, can be made into a quick Pad Thai-like base with the addition of ginger, red pepper lime and some fish sauce.
Compiled by Steve Pardo