Lidia Bastianich and her daughter, Tanya Manuali, have come out with their eighth cookbook, “Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian.”
Everyone's got his or her secret food vice. Mine is potato chips. I absolutely love 'em, and none more than the super crunchy kettle variety, which are cut thicker than traditional chips and cooked in small batches. Naturally, I couldn't wait to sample Kettle Brand's new 30th Birthday Collection of flavored chips.
Actually, "reintroduction" is more accurate. The four fan faves -- Red Chili, Jalapeno Jack, Cheddar Beer and Salsa Mesquite -- are retired flavors the company is bringing back for a limited time (one year) to celebrate three decades in the potato chip biz.
I'm happy to report all four of the skin-on spuds were terrific (super crunchy, with lots of potato flavor). Yet there was one runaway winner: Red Chili, which also happened to be the oldest variety, having originally been introduced in 1982. Talk about addictive -- each of those chips fills the mouth with a spicy blast of sriracha and cayenne before exploding in a tangy vinegar finish.
The chips, which retail for $2.79 for a 5-ounce bag, are available at Whole Foods and other grocery stores beginning this month. You also can buy them online at BuyKettleChips.com.
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