Oreos, again

There's a new flavor of Oreos. Actually, two new flavors of Oreos have appeared simultaneously: Marsh-mallow Crispy filling in a sandwich of Golden Oreo cookies, and Cookie Dough filling in a sandwich of regular Oreo cookies.

A cake or a pie?

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Since cheesecake is round and has layers (custard and base), some say it's a cake; others cite the filling and bottom crust and say it's pie.

Some prefer the definition of tart, which "The Oxford Companion to Food" describes as "a flat, baked item consisting of a base of pastry … with a sweet or savory topping not covered with a pastry lid."

However, some like the other most common answer: It's a custard. It's usually made from a batter of cream cheese or ricotta and eggs and baked in a water bath like pudding or flan.

Fruit Curds

Rich and indulgent, sweet and tart, The Scrumptious Pantry's line of Heirloom Fruit Curds in huckleberry, lingonberry and pawpaw, are versatile additions to your collection of jams and preserves. Their richness comes from eggs and butter.

Spread on scones or biscuits, between cake layers, in a trifle or spoon into mini-tart shells. Suggested retail price: $8.99 for a 7-ounce jar. They're available at Whole Foods stores or online at scrumptiouspantry.com

Wine of the Week

2012 Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco 'Dolomiti'

Region: Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Price: About $13

Style: Crisp and clean

What it goes with: Pasta, cheese, pizza bianca, root vegetables

This Pinot Bianco is from South Tyrol's brilliant, almost 200-year-old wine estate Alois Lageder. With the fifth generation in charge now, Lageder produces a consistently excellent range of whites. The Pinot Bianco "Dolomiti," at less than $15, is always a great buy. The grapes are grown on cooler west-facing slopes and farmed bio-dynamically, giving a wine that is crisp and clean, with aromas of apples and delicate flowers.


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