Relishing food is about taking time to enjoy what has become the often hurried and mundane task of nourishing our bodies. Relish Austin is Addie's search for things that make her go "mmmm."
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Austin360 Taste Test: Kale chips from Rhythm Superfoods

12:47 pm Dec. 24, 2014

For this week’s taste test video, I found someone who hadn’t tried a kale chip yet — Statesman director of photography Nell Carroll — to try three varieties of kale chips from the Austin-based Rhythm Superfoods. We tasted the original, honey mustard and zesty nacho flavors, which are available at many area stores including H-E-B, Whole Foods, Sprouts and Natural Grocers. (In the video, I say that the latter are

Austin360 Taste Test: Can vegan cookie dough compare to the real thing?

8:15 am Dec. 17, 2014

In this week’s Austin360 Taste Test video, cookie dough lover Courtney Sebesta, who runs our websites, and I tried Celeste’s Best Cookie Dough, a shelf-stable vegan chocolate chip cookie dough that you can eat raw because it doesn’t have any eggs (or butter, for that matter).

UPDATE: I found out this morning that the dough *is* supposed to be refrigerated but that you are supposed to let it come

Austin360 Taste Test: Candy cane tea, cookies

10:54 am Dec. 10, 2014

Celestial Seasonings helped boost the popularity of tea in the U.S. more than just about any other company, except perhaps Tazo, but have they gone too far with holiday-inspired sugar cookie and candy cane teas? We try them, along with H-E-B’s candy cane cookies and an organic, corn syrup-free candy can from TruJoy, in this week’s Austin360 Taste Test video series.

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Austin360 Taste Test: Frozen pupusas from Tres Latin Foods

2:48 pm Nov. 19, 2014

Can frozen pupusas pass muster with a native Salvadoran? For this week’s Austin360 Taste Test, I asked Ahora Si reporter Marlon Sorto to help me try a new line of frozen pupusas from a Colorado-based company called Tres Latin Foods.

The company sells four flavors of the traditional stuffed corn tortillas at Whole Foods Markets, Central Market, Natural Grocers and Wheatsville Co-op.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Marlon Sorto’s

Austin360 Taste Test: Peanut Hottie, a hot peanut butter drink

2:09 pm Nov. 12, 2014

For this week’s Austin360 Taste Test, digital media specialist Tony Atkins and I both love peanut butter, so we were excited to try a new hot cocoa-inspired product called Peanut Hottie.

It’s a powdered mix, available at WalMart, that you stir into hot water, but is it as comforting and irresistible as hot cocoa? Watch the video to find out.

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Austin360 Taste Test: Butterscotch and Spiced Apple beer from Reed’s

9:25 am Nov. 5, 2014

Harry Potter fans, the hardcore ones who have made butter beer or chocolate frogs at home, probably already know about Reed’s Flying Cauldron butterscotch beer.

It’s one of several non-ginger beers that the soda maker sells, and for this week’s Austin360 Taste Test, Liquid Austin columnist Arianna Auber and I try both the butterscotch and spiced apple “beers,” which are non-alcoholic sodas.

Austin360 Taste Test: Pumpkin spice soda, kefir, ice cream and more

9:13 am Oct. 29, 2014

It’s fall, which means pumpkin spice has invaded every aisle of the grocery store.

I tapped Statesman social media editor Jackie Stone as my pumpkin-spice expert for this week’s Austin360 Taste Test video. We tried seven pumpkin and pumpkin spice products: Maine Root soda, Pepperidge Farm swirl bread, Central Market sandwich cookies, H-E-B pumpkin ice cream, Pillsbury strudels, RW Garcia chips and Lifeway kefir.

What’s your favorite application of pumpkin spice? Pumpkin

Austin360 Taste Test: Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies from Immaculate

8:58 am Oct. 22, 2014

It’s Wednesday, so time for another Austin360 Taste Test video!

This week, I team up with Statesman videographer Reshma Kirpalani to try out a new baking mix from Immaculate, the company whose refrigerated biscuits, cookie doughs and rolls you might have tried. This fall, the company has launched a line of shelf-stable baking mixes for brownies, pancakes and waffles, yellow and chocolate cake, gluten-free cookies, including these sugar cookies that we