Archive for July, 2008
Life’s a peach (always sweet, sometimes fuzzy): embrace it with something cold and tangy. Fuzzy Peach Gourmet Lemonade is made for those of us who love to lounge poolside. For each glass of lemonade you crave, add 8 ounces of chilled water to two tablespoons of this mix, then stir with gusto. You’ll get five utterly satisfying glasses of gourmet lemonade out of one tiny box. The stuff is more invigorating that Gatorade.
Handmade Manna Mallows are a delightful twist on the classic marshmallow with flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, mocha, strawberry cream and caramel swirl. Made from all-natural ingredients, they’re irresistibly light and creamy, sort of like cumulus clouds, if only those big fluffy things in the sky were made of pure cane sugar. Don’t bother thinking of imaginative ways to eat them. Snacking straight from the bag is your best bet.
So you love rocky road ice cream? What about delicious rocky road candies? Nostalgic as these treats may be, the makers of Good Addiction Droga rocky road confections insist their creations are unlike any grandmother’s recipe (this is quite a conceited statement, but we agree). The 25-year-old famous family recipe features salted, dry-roasted peanuts to satisfy sweet and salty cravings simultaneously. In the larger scheme of things, this is not a bad addiction to have, hence the company’s name.
As vegan pastries go, this tomato and goat cheese tart is tops. The filling is made from tomato, organic stone-ground English flour, free-range eggs, goat cheese, Greek yoghurt, basil, baking powder, salt and pepper. It’s kind of like a quiche, but it seems a lot lighter. Slice up some generous portions and serve them with a fresh green salad for a savory summer lunch that will impress your peers.
Robin Béquet creates some mighty fine artisanal caramel confections from Bozeman, Montana (she was only interested in creating a business if she could be certain hers would be the best). Consider the options: Soft vanilla butter caramel (with or without a robust espresso finish or all-natural maple flavor), chewy vanilla butter caramel, chocolate vanilla butter caramel, Celtic sea salt or smoked chipotle caramel and the deeply satisfying black licorice.
We’ve got spoiling dinner down to an art, what with all of the snack foods we’re constantly nibbling. Potato chips without trans fat, preservatives and artificial gunk are especially difficult to resist around 5 pm (we like to snack healthy). The process of “popping” allows the creators of all-natural Pop Chips to maintain all of the addictive flavors of regular po-po chips with half the fat. One bite inspires love. Without the handles.
We prefer the term “jam” over “rut.” You see, we’ve been eating the same apricot jam for years and, although we love a good berry preserve, we haven’t found one that’s worthy. Full disclosure: this jam is made with flavorful Marion Blackberries with rich, sweet flavor. The seeds have been removed and the jam is slowly cooked in small, open kettles to assure consistently delicious flavor. This home-style recipe uses only pure cane sugar to sweeten and enhance the natural flavor of the blackberries. Hmmm. Did someone say jam? Suddenly, breakfast is suddenly a lot less boring.
Gourmands tell us our pantries aren’t complete without Plantin’s rich White Truffle Butter, which fuses all of the complex and intense flavors of a sublime French truffle (duh). Add it to anything, from toast and pasta to risotto and mashed potatoes. But be forewarned: a little goes a long way (this makes it great for a budget-wise chef). For optimal flavor, add it to your recipe towards the end of the cooking process. Bon appetite!
So, it turns out Tobico (Tobikko, Tobiko) is the Japanese word for the fish roe used to create certain types of sushi. The flavor of these “chewy” black eggs is delicate and refreshing with light grains evocative of a fresh ocean breeze. Light. Tiny. Glossy. If only you’d paid attention in sushi-making classes you could figure out how to sculpt them into an edible masterpiece. Or you could just serve them on crackers with a bit of paté. You rebel.
Have you had some quality whoopie lately? Oh, take your minds out of the gutter, we’re referring to Whoopie pies. According to legend, Pennsylvania Dutch children found these cream cheese cookie cakes so tasty they’d cry “whoopie!” We tried them and it’s safe to say we understand their excitement. Dean and Deluca’s are made to order and shipped fresh to you in three flavors.