Archive for October, 2014

FF: Peanut Cocoa Butter from Big Spoon Roasters

ff2Move over Nutella, there is a new spread in town – the Peanut Cocoa Butter from Big Spoon Roasters.

About the Peanut Cocoa Butter from Big Spoon Roasters: “Our coarsely ground, yet smoothly spreadable Peanut Cocoa butter combines stone-milled dark chocolate (made bean-to-bar from whole cacao) with fresh-roasted peanuts, wildflower honey, sea salt, and a touch of organic coconut oil. As you taste it, the rich, buttery flavors of toasted nuts give way to the bright, earthy complexity of dark chocolate, punctuated by just enough salt to remind you about the honey. We love it in a bowl of ice cream, with fresh fruit, and of course, right out of the jar.”

See the Peanut Cocoa Butter and all the great products of Big Spoon Roasters here.

FF: It’s Raining Chocolate nuts from Bobby Sue’s Nuts

ff3If you prefer your chocolate on nuts instead of in a spread – you have to try It’s Raining Chocolate – specialty nuts from the fine folks at Bobby Sue’s Nuts.

About It’s Raining Chocolate nuts from Bobby Sue’s Nuts:

“A little chocolate indulgence added to our all natural mix of almonds, cashews and pecans coated with a delicate meringue made from a special blend of spices.”

See all the fine nutty products available from Bobby Sue’s Nuts here.

FF: Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23yr

ff1If you are a bourbon lover, like me, you must try the very smooth Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve – the perfect pairing for peanut cocoa butter on toast or chocolate nuts.

About Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23yr: “This very rare, limited edition bourbon takes generations of distilling know-how to produce. Only the most careful and expensive distilling method can be used to create a whiskey as special as this one. This is the same distillation as our famous 20 year old Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve. These barrels were carefully selected from the heart of the warehouse. This whiskey should be enjoyed neat. Any ice or water will dilute the uniqueness.”

See the whole family of Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbons, Whiskeys and Ryes here.



Get a head start on next year with these Jack O’Lantern Seeds from The New York Botanical Garden’s shop:


Visit The New York Botanical Garden’s online shop here,

About the Halloween Boo Box from The Fruit Company: “Trick or treat, give them something good to eat! Our Halloween Boo Box is filled with an essential selection of seasonal delights carefully curated and hand-packed inside our exclusive, reusable spider web gift box. Just think of the fun they’ll have celebrating Halloween while enjoying crisp apples, fresh apple popcorn, a mix of Halloween candies and candy corn JuJus. It’s like being a kid all over again only without all the hustle and bustle of trick-or-treating. What’s not to love?”


(And it is not too late to order for Halloween arrival!)

Find the Halloween Boo Box from The Fruit Company here.

See all the great gift options available from The Fruit Company here.

ftfI am only peripherally aware of most celebrity chefs (everyone seems to be a celebrity chef these days) and only a few attract my attention. But I was intrigued by a radio interview I heard recently with Chef Mario Batali (he’s apparently a celebrity chef mogul) who was promoting his new book: America – Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers, which he wrote with Jim Webster.

As a supporter of local farms and the whole source local concept, I was curious to see how Chef Batali and his coauthor would address the subject. Would they make it splashy for only the true foodies out there to enjoy? Or would they present an accessible book that even the casual cook and local farm stand guys like me could learn from? I am pleased to say they have given us the latter and it is fantastic.

About America – Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers by Mario Batali and Jim Webster: “Bestselling author and world-renown chef Mario Batali pays homage to the American farmer-from Maine to Los Angeles-in stories, photos, and recipes. Mario Batali, who knows the importance of ingredients to any amazing dish, sees farmers as the rock stars of the food world. In this new book he celebrates American farmers: their high quality products and their culture defined by hard work, integrity, and pride. Batali asked his chef friends from Nashville, Tennessee, to San Francisco, to tell him who their favorite farmers were, and those farmers graciously shared their personal stories along with their top-of-the-line produce and products. In Seattle, Chef Matt Dillon introduces readers to Farmer Pierre Monnat, who produces fava beans and lamb. Batali then features those ingredients in such mouth-watering recipes as: Lamb Shank Sloppy Joes and Fava Bean Guacamole. In Washington, DC, Chef Jose Andres from Jaleo introduces us to Farmer Jim Crawford, who grows corn, broccoli, and strawberries Batali’s accompanying dishes include: Chilled Sweet Corn Soup and Grilled Salmon with Strawberry Salsa. Other stops along the way include: Tampa; Austin; Nashville; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; New York, San Francisco; Portland, Maine; Chicago; Cleveland; Suttons Bay, Michigan; and Vail, Colorado. With over 100 superb recipes, this is the book that every home cook will want upon returning from the farmer’s market or grocers.”

In America – Farm to Table we are treated to some great recipes for the types of things we see in abundance at local farmers’ market but may not a good way to prepare in meals. Meanwhile, in addition to some great tips the book is full of wonderful photographs and cool recipes… like Potato and Salami Cheesecake. Yep, for real!

America – Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers by Mario Batali and Jim Webster can be found on Amazon and at other fine book retailers.

Find Chef Batali’s recipe for Potato and Salami Cheesecake courtesy of The Splendid Table here.

There are many options for Halloween cards out there – but I can guarantee that few are as cool and classy as the Spider web Halloween Laser Cut Card from Alexis Mattox Design.

About the Spider web Halloween Laser Cut Card from Alexis Mattox Design: “Send something spooky with this intricate Halloween card. Each our Halloween cards are laser-cut from hand-drawn illustrations. The card has a black cover with a light grey interior. Card comes with a coordinating envelope and packaged in a protective sleeve.”


See all the amazing laser cut cards from Alexis Mattox Design here.

About the Nest Pumpkin Chai Candle from Burke Décor: “Pumpkin Chai creates a cozy autumn ambience with a blend of wild pumpkin, spicy Masala chai, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon. The special-edition candle is housed in a sophisticated brown translucent glass with a blush orange wax.”


See all the fine products from Burke Décor here.

CHUNKYSoup season continues and I am exploring every possible kind of soup possible.

I really like this recipe for Chunky Tomato-Red Pepper Soup from Country Living I found in Country Living magazine – the perfect companion for some fresh-baked bread and/or your favorite grilled cheese sandwich.

About the recipe for Chunky Tomato-Red Pepper Soup from Country Living:

“From Country Living’s Hearty Vegetarian Soup Recipes (These easy soup recipes are sure to please vegetarians and vegetable-lovers alike) – Feed a crowd with this bright, slightly piquant tomato and pepper soup.”

Find Country Living’s recipe for Chunky Tomato-Red Pepper Soup here.

See all the recipes and other great ideas from Country Living here.

I love the Courtly Check Pumpkin from Mackenzie Childs:


Find it here.

About the Solar-Powered Dancing Monsters from Dollar Tree: “Scare away frowns with these adorable dancing monsters! These little guys really get movin’ when their solar strip is exposed to light — their arms and heads teeter and sway! A fun addition to any desk, table, or counter, plus they’re wonderful for resale in gift shops. Case includes 48 – 4″ tall plastic solar-powered dancing monsters.”


Find the Solar-Powered Dancing Monsters from Dollar Tree here.