and SUNRISE ENERGY BARS. which Andi buys at Costco. She says she calls these organic treats her ‘birdseed bars’. “They are very nutrient dense and make a fantastic breakfast. There are slight differences between the 2 – one has apricots and the other has cashews. The trick is that they are incredibly popular and Costco usually only has one or the other. I buy 2 containers at a time and freeze one. I keep the other one in the fridge so that it lasts longer.” For more from Andi, head for the Yogurt section of our list.
The Murray’s rep – who happened to be there that morning, recommended the TOMME CRAYEUSE, which, he said, people refer to as the “Tom Cruise” cheese. He said it goes amazingly well with wine. Given the fact that he stocks hundreds of cheeses and this was his pick, I added it to our list of ‘must trys’.
She told of her husband bringing home a wedge of MURRAY’S COTSWOLD CHEESE. According to igourmet.com, this cow’s milk cheese hails from the Cotswold region of Great Britain, where it is known as “the Pub Cheese”. “.. .commonly served with hard-crusted bread and a strong, dark ale,”, they say that it is“ wonderful melted on grilled chicken or chops, and delicious atop burgers.” Writes Andi, “It was so delicious … we ate the entire block. It had onions and chives – so good!.” Murray’s has free-standing shops around the country (its flagship store being located in New York City, as well as shops within a growing number of Kroger, King Scoopers, QFC, Fred Meyer and Ralphs Supermarkets in Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Texas, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California, Indiana, Michigan, Alaska, Virginia, New Mexico, Illinois, Nevada, and West Virginia. Shop by mail at Murrays.com.
Pass the cheese, please.
and a nostalgic loaf of MINERVA DAIRY’S NATURALLY CULTURED AMISH ROLL BUTTER, much like our Murfreesboro reader recalls on his grandmother’s table. I’m a fan of their regular butter, which can also be found at FRESH MARKET, and which I featured in the third annual edition of this series.
Produced by the McIlhenny Company, known for its Tabasco sauce, KURTONATOR SPICY SALT can be found on eBay through southernjewlelstreasures, where a five-ounce container will cost you a cool $7.29, shipping included. Spicy salt is, says our reader, a heady combination of two of her husband’s favorite things: sea salt and ground red pepper. Our reader sent word that while she was at it, she had ordered the company’s tobacco-seasoned wood chips as well, to which I say, chip chip hooray!
I first saw it some years at Fresh Market, a bit pricey, but a well worth-it occasional treat. And then, and then… ALDI’S started carrying this beautiful 2-lpound loaf for just $3.95! I don’t know if you can tell from the photograph, but it is huge―-
double the size of the usual loaves you see on your market’s shelves. Don’t be put off by its size – it freezes easily, and produces the most wonderful toast. I generally freeze half, in bags of 4 or 6, and then take them out as needed. Served warm- moments after it has popped out of the toaster, and slathered in good room-temperature butter with, perhaps a bit of your favorite jam, it is hard to beat.
They come unrefrigerated and cost just $2.00 each. Take one or two or more home, pop it in the freezer let it do its thing for at least 5 hours, take it out, give the now slushy drink a 2-second massage, and pour that icy goodness into a glass. Think of it as Kool-Aid for grown-ups, but not nearly as sweet.
TY-PHOO TEA, is a straight-forward, satisfying tea from Great Britain.
Along with PG TIPS, which I recommended in a previous edition, it is the most versatile tea I know. Though there was a time when I shunned tea bags, collected tea pots and strainers and ordered lose tea from far-off places, today, I am happy to forego the ceremony in favor of a quick, easy and equally-satisfying outcome, free of those annoyingly stray bits of tea leaves floating in my cup.
I found them at Fresh Market a week or so later. While I can’t tell you that the carnival midway favorite will be immediately called to mind, I will tell you that they are sweet and juicy, their pale green skin infused with a bit of pink. They apparently have a short season, so be on the lookout for these dandy little grapes.
ICE CREAM AND OTHER FROZEN TREATS
This tasty concoction is dotted with smaller chocolate chunks than the others, each containing a bit of liquid chocolate in the middle. Very rich, and very very good.
Two last minute "FiNDS" came in shortly after posting. The first, from Paula in Oklahoma, who had sent in an earlier "FIND" found in the cracker sections. She has fallen in love with SO DELICIOUS DAIRY FREE COCONUT MILK MINIS, which are mni versions of ice cream sandwiches. She says that while she isn't generally crazy about coconut, these little bars only hint of it, and are absolutely delicious. I logged on to the company's website, where they have a slot where you can type in your zipcode and find out what stores in your area carry SO DELICIOUS products. In my area, they're available at Kroger.
The second last-minute "FIND" cmoes from Ruth in Warrington, PA. She writes, " I recently found a yummy yhogurt at Whole Foods. BROWN COW GREEK YOGURT. I buy the fat-free kind, and they have a salted caramel to die for." Ruth sent a second email to say that she also likes thair almond milk, and chocolate and chocolate mint ice cream, while her husband enjoys their chocolate-covered pops.
CAKES AND COOKIES AND ASSORTED BITES
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix goat cheese and cream cheese together. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a 5’ by 8-inch baking pan.
My apologies to those whose 'finds' got lost in the shuffle, or whose photographs didn't make the cut. all being even blurrier than some of the above. I appreciate each and every "FIND", as well the loyal DVD and Foodies who take the time to support this blog.
Till the next time…