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  1. Taste test: prepared mashed sweet potatoes

    Taste test: prepared mashed sweet potatoes

    Taste Test

    If you want to spend more time with your family and friends this holiday season and less time in the kitchen, our judges suggest serving Hormel's mashed sweet potatoes. No need to wash, peel and heat potatoes. Just pop the container in the microwave oven and creamy sweet potatoes will be ready for your table in minutes. …

  2. Taste test: Turkey gravy

    Taste Test

    Years ago, our tasters sampled ready-made mashed potatoes along with prepared gravy from cans, jars or packets. From that day on, our judges have been buying heat-and-serve mashed potatoes, but making their own gravy. This week, we found four brands of turkey gravy in convenient, easy-to-pour cartons and wanted to give …

  3. Help name Big Storm's new toffee chocolate stout, made with William Dean

    Taste Test

    Collaborations between brewers are not new. Nor are collaborations between brewers and distillers. Or beer brewers and coffee brewers. It makes sense: Use a barrel for one thing, then it in turn imparts interesting flavors to the next thing that's aged in it. Sometimes the same barrel has been known to go back and forth …

    Big Storm Brewing in Clearwater approached Bill Brown, the owner and chief chocolatier at the justly famous William Dean Chocolates in Belleair Bluffs. What if the two companies teamed up to make a chocolate-inflected specialty beer? Bill Brown, not a huge beer drinker, was intrigued. And then, he thought, what if I produce chocolates that are infused with Big Storm Brewing beers?