Friday, August 31, 2018

Get Ready for School Days

It’s time to think Back-to-School. One of the issues that has come to light is the increase in awareness of severe childhood allergies. Nuts is the biggest culprit, but there are others. Check out these safer treats, as well as a dinner recipe with less allergens.

Rulebreakers for Nearly Everyone
If you are in a quandary trying to decide what to send your kids to school on to snack that’s safe, or bring to the office that won’t send someone to the hospital, or if you have allergies yourself, you’ll want to give Rule Breaker cookies a try.

These treats eliminate nearly every allergen that produces anaphylactic reactions, including nuts, dairy, eggs, and soy. They are also vegan and gluten-free. The first ingredient is chickpeas and they also include healthy ingredients such as dates and brown rice syrup.

So, how do they taste? I sampled Deep Chocolate Brownie, Birthday Cake, and Chocolate Chunk Blondie. I thought they were all pretty good (the chocolate brownie was my favorite). The only downside is that you only get three grams of protein for 240 calories, so it’s definitely more of a dessert or snack than a meal replacement.

More from Pereg…
Yes, I still have more Pereg products to try! This month, I challenged my daughter to create some things and she did. I really loved the Freekeh Meatballs she made. Check out the recipe on my Pinterest account.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Sip and Taste

It’s my favorite month of the year, which, of course, is because it’s my birthday! July 24th also happens to be National Tequila Day and I’m always happy to celebrate that.

Happy day with Suerte Tequila…
This year, Suerte Tequilla sent me a selection of their spirits. Anyone who reads my stories and social media regularly knows that I prefer my spirits (and wine) not oaked, so I went for the Blanco first.

Suerte Tequila Blanco does not disappoint. It’s very smooth and has that touch of honey sweetness you get when the agave is allowed to shine.

The award-winning Reposado was also very good, with notes of butterscotch and vanilla, but no heavy oak. For those who do like their tequila aged, you’ll find the Anejo from Suerte a good option, with a more powerful presence.

Sugarland’s latest creams…
I tried Sugarlands Distilling Company Appalachian Sippin’ Cream in Pumpkin Spice Latte last year and loved it. It was just as good as I remembered and this time it came with some new flavors from the spirits brand.

The Eggnog Appalachian Sippin’ Cream is really good. I thought it tasted a lot like Rumchata. I also liked the Creamy Kahlua, which wasn’t quite as strong as the others, though it also has 20% alcohol. Both are especially good in coffee.

I’m allergic to strawberry so I had to rely on some friends to taste that one. They said it tasted very natural, with real strawberry flavor highlighting the creamy drink.

More from Pereg Gourmet (with Manuka Honey)…
I still haven’t finished experimenting with the carton of goodies Pereg Gourmet sent me! This last month I asked my daughter to help out with some ideas. (She’s a creative cook like her mom.)

She started our day with some delicious Plaintain Pancakes with Peanut Butter Honey Topping. They were made with the Pereg Plaintain Flour and another product I received recently, Comvita Manuka Honey (which is also delicious as a daily sweetener in tea and other products).