Category Archives: Food and Drink

TCHO: Three Chocolates

TCHO is an American chocolate maker (and they differentiate between “chocolate maker” and “chocoatier”) that is, according to their website, determined to make the best chocolate possible. Like so many others, they are focused on fair trade organic chocolate. While … Continue reading

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin – Snack Size

Milk chocolate and peanut butter. What a great combination. Even I, a dark chocolate fan, can appreciate it. Especially the tangy salty bite of a Reese’s cup’s peanut butter. Reese’s makes their usual cups, but sometimes they shape them for … Continue reading

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Treat Street’s Zombie Hand Gummy Lollipop

Gummy candy feels like cheating. All the fun of candy, but without the fat and cholesterol of chocolate. That means I can eat more, right? For Treat Street’s gummy lollie, I think I’ll stick to one. Not because they’re not … Continue reading

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Jelly Belly’s The Original Gourmet Candy Corn

JB started as Goelitz candy back in the mid-1800s, but Jelly Bellys wouldn’t come around ’til 1976. And thank goodness; I don’t know how I’d get along without their Buttered Popcorn, Margarita (from their Cocktail Classics® line), Toasted Marshmallow and…well, … Continue reading

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Wonka’s Halloween Fright-Tins: Vampire, Mummy and Ghost

I love Wonka candies. Everlasting Gobstoppers, Fun Dip, Spree, Bottle Caps…they’re all the stuff my childhood summers were made of. And of course Nerds and SweeTarts, which tended to bleed over into Halloween, thank goodness. (I realize we can all … Continue reading

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Sour Patch Kids’ Sour Patch Kids’ Zombie candy

Sour Patch Kids are a candy I tend to like, but only sometimes. And by “sometimes”, I mean “I only eat the red, blue and pink flavors.” Because let’s face it, these candies aren’t fruit flavored more than they’re flavored … Continue reading

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Flying Cauldron’s Butterscotch Beer

For the past twenty years, with Halloween comes Harry Potter. And Hermione, Ron, Tonks, Sirius, and the crew. I’ll admit to donning my own version of a Slytherin costume (well, as a Hufflepuff why not go as my polar opposite?) … Continue reading

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Cheetos’ Bag of Bones*

Like Eric Cartman, I love cheesy poofs. The crunchy ones are good too, but there’s something special about letting a savory, cheesy bit of air and corn melt onto your tongue. Weird, yes. But damn it’s good. During this, the … Continue reading

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The “Marianne” Pork Chop Casserole

This one-dish-meal recipe was given me orally by my neighbor Marianne, who learned to cook it during WWII when she was taken away from Poland by the Nazis to become a cook for a German family.  She gave me to … Continue reading

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Cheesy hash brown casserole

Here is a tump* recipe I got off the back of a bag of hash browns and then messed with. There are no rules with tump recipes. Change the ingredients, the proportions, the oven temperature—this is your recipe now. *tump: … Continue reading

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Chewy grains and sausage casserole

Well, that didn’t work. I tried adapting a recipe yesterday and it was a total frost. The right way to cook this recipe creates a great side dish for a pot luck, or a solid meal for two with leftovers. The grains … Continue reading

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Ritter Sport: Two Limited Edition Candies, Raspberry Creme and Buttermilk Lemon

As you will remember, Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG is a major German chocolatier and candy manufacturer. I happen to have recently received two of their Limited Edition candies for review — which means, sadly, that I wasn’t allowed … Continue reading

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Halva Licorice Bars – Sweet and Salty

Everyone around here knows I love black licorice. Wasn’t always so; I absolutely hated the stuff when I was a kid. But my dad would grab it gleefully, so after a while I decided to give a mini-box of Good … Continue reading

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Stork’s Toffifay

I remember being a kid and seeing Toffifay. It looked so elegant, so grown-up. Now this was a classy candy, obviously made for ADULTS, thought Little Me. Naturally, I had to try it. And I loved it. But I seldom … Continue reading

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Taza Chocolate’s Guajillo Chili Discs

There are lots of tastes that taste great together. Peanut butter and jelly. Buttered popcorn and champagne. (Seriously, try it.) And, of course, chocolate and licorice. But there’s one that doesn’t get enough love here in the States, and that’s … Continue reading

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Greenbriar’s Halloween Candy Bracelets

These strange, Fruit-Loops looking candies strung on a bit of elastic string, with or without a “pendant” or “charm” made of the same kind of candy were a must when I was a kid. They were fun, they were cheap … Continue reading

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Golden Island’s Sriracha Pork Jerky

Pork jerky! I’ve had beef and bison, but never pork. So I dug into this bag, curious…and hungry. The first piece out of the bag, and I got something that was stringy and thinly sliced. This is a jerky you’re … Continue reading

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Mexican-style casserole

This stuff will kill you, but you won’t care.  It’s intense, dense, and more-ish. I’ve never really settled on one definitive recipe. It’s more about what’s in the house when the craving hits. Resist the temptation to add more ingredients, because … Continue reading

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Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co.’s Smoked Beef Chipotle Cracked Pepper Jerky

I get a carnivorous hankering every now and then. And when I’m too lazy to throw a hunk of animal muscle on the barbie, I grab some jerky. I love dried meat; it’s got a lot of flavor, a lot … Continue reading

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Kedgeree

I’ve been reading about kedgeree in English novels all my life and decided to try it. This is regarded as intensely British food, meaning, they got the smoked fish from Scandahoovia and the curry and the basmati rice from India and … Continue reading

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Boozy chocolate trifle

This dessert is highly alcoholic. And huge: the finished recipe weighs about 8 pounds, not counting the heavy glass trifle bowl, without which it really isn’t worth doing. I developed it after reading, yes, way too many English novels and … Continue reading

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Trader Joe’s Boneless Skinless Mackerel in Sunflower Oil

Omega-3 is good for you. That’s what “everybody” says. And by everybody, I mean doctors and other health professionals.  But if you’re like me, you enjoy fish but are too damn lazy to cook it most days of the week. … Continue reading

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Chorizo empanadas

These empanadas are quick’n’dirty. You will like them just as much as my Mexican Casserole, but unlike the casserole, this recipe gives you only four to six spicy empanadas with an irresistable flaky, browned-butter crust and a juicy chorizo center. The finite number … Continue reading

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RJ’s Licorice Choc Twists

On a recent vacation (or “holiday”) trip in New Zealand’s South Island, we were doing some grocery shopping before hitting the road for our next destination. We’d already picked up a couple of bags of Cadbury Jaffas to take home … Continue reading

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Ritter Sport Golden Edition, Milk Chocolate Squares

I have another (huge) bar of chocolate from Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG of Germany, a major chocolatier. This one is the Ritter Sport Golden Edition Milk Chocolate Squares, and when I say “huge”, I mean just that: It’s … Continue reading

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Dark chocolate and lemon brownie cake

Cake: One pouch of your favorite brownie mix 2 eggs, room temperature 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 T vodka 1/3 cup melted butter (5-1/2 T) Zest grated from three lemons Zest sliced from lemons for garnish Preheat your … Continue reading

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Epic’s Bison Uncured Bacon and Cranberry Bar

Mmm, bison.  I love game meat, and I cannot lie.  Throw in some dried cranberries and I’m in heaven.  Epic does me one better with their Bison Bar; they added bacon into the mix.  How can I say no? The … Continue reading

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Mint julep made easy

Some author, I believe it’s Wodehouse, reports that the mint julep is like a baby sister who steals her little hand in yours, and the next thing you know, the judge is telling you to pay five pounds to the bailiff. … Continue reading

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Epic Bites’ Maple Glazed & Smoked Tender Salmon Bites

Mmm, salmon. I never liked fish when I was a kid – blame that on a mother that overcooked every finned creature to sawdust – but when I started cooking for myself I fell in love with salmon. Miso glazed, … Continue reading

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Trader Joe’s Masala Simmer Sauce

I know one thing about Indian food — I love it. I don’t claim any real expertise in that particular cuisine (although I do have an Indian cookbook stashed away around here somewhere), but one of my favorite nice things … Continue reading

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Nidar’s Troika

Troika is one of those candies that comes only in Norwegian — the label is in Norwegian, the web site is in Norwegian, and so on. Nidar is one of three companies that consolidated to form Orkla Confectionary and Snacks … Continue reading

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Russell Stover’s Fine Assorted 2 ounce pack

Little boxes of chocolates.  They look so lovely. And with only four pieces per pack, hiding the evidence of a binge is easy-peasy.  So when I received a wee box of Russell Stover, I couldn’t wait to dig in. Sadly, … Continue reading

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The Prettiest Candy: Albanese World’s Best Mini Gummi Butterflies

Having recently discovered that my favorite gummi bears were possibly made with child labor, I went looking for a substitute recently and picked up a bag of Albanese Mini Gummi Butterflies. Candy is often not pretty, particularly when chocolate is … Continue reading

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Butterfinger Dark

I love dark chocolate. It’s something everyone knows, because I don’t mind saying so. But I think I’ve found something that has me thinking that perhaps dark chocolate has its limits. Because with Butterfinger Dark, these two great tastes don’t … Continue reading

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Alas Poor Ginger, Wherefore Art Thou: Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger

I’m very fond of crystallized ginger, and accordingly I am substantially less fond of the Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger, whose ginger to “rich dark chocolate” ratio is weighted in chocolate’s favor to the point that the ginger is … Continue reading

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Solid As a Rock: Sanchis Mira Turron de Alicante

This candy is a Christmas delicacy in Spain, a dense honey and almond brittle with a generous helping of the latter (the label says at least 60% almond.) The company, based in Alicante, Spain, is well-established, having been turning out … Continue reading

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Righteous Felon Jerky Cartel, Victorious B.I.G. Beef Jerky

Westchester PA based company, Righteous Felon crafts a whole lot of jerky.  But I sunk my teeth into their Victorious B.I.G. because I needed to know what beer infused jerky tasted like. This one’s a collaboration with PA’s Victory Brewing … Continue reading

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Justin’s Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

I’m not really into milk chocolate.  And by “not really into”, I mean I avoid it like the plague.  Too many bad memories of dusty tasting mass-produced stuff stuck into my Halloween sack back in the day. Give me good … Continue reading

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Whole Foods Market’s Organic Dark Chocolate Bar

The Whole Foods web page for this product provides very little information, except for the essentials: 72% cacao, and the ingredients: organic chocolate liquor, organic cane sugar, and organic cocoa butter, with the usual warning that it may contain tree … Continue reading

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Oliver Brewing Company’s Cherry Blossom Cherry Wheat Ale

As a DC gal born and bred, I love cherry blossoms. I think it’s the law of the local land. So when I moved up and away, I longed for those delicate blooms around the Tidal Basin. (Still do.) So … Continue reading

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Mast Sea Salt Chocolate

Lately, sea salt is in everything I adore. Caramels, brittle, toffee, peanut butter cups.  And, of course, chocolate bars. When I was given a bar of Mast, I figured it’d be the same ol’ same ol; a chocolate bar that … Continue reading

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Ghirardelli’s White Chocolate Premium Baking Bar

I’m sure just about everyone has heard of Ghirardelli Chocolate, one of the best-known chocolatiers in the U.S., if not the world. Looking at the history, it appears that the company was not founded so much as it evolved, although … Continue reading

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Dave Eggers’ The Monk of Mokha

Being half-Scandinavian on my mother’s side, I was introduced to the joys of coffee at an early age – by the time I was 5 or 6 years old, I’d say. With more than a dozen years as a coffee … Continue reading

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It’s a Wonderful(ly Sweet) World: Halva Finnish Filled Licorice

There is certainly both a determined sweetness and solidity to this Finnish candy (lakritsi in Finnish). The label tells me this is called “black gold” in Finland but a cursory scan of search engine results failed to corroborate this. It … Continue reading

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Godiva’s Dark Chocolate Almond bar

Ah, Godiva. I remember when I found out about you.  I was in high school, and your golden boxes called out to me. Mmm, those “Dark Lion of Belgium” pieces, with the carmel so soft it oozed out of the … Continue reading

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Lindt’s Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffle Eggs

Lindt (more formally Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG) is a Swiss chocolatier founded in 1845 and known for, among other things, its chocolate truffles. If you go to their website, you can find information on a whole range of their … Continue reading

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Chuao Chocolatier’s Chocolate Bars with All the Add-ins

Here in America we like our add-ins, ice cream and candy full of other candy, nuts, random sweets, and sometimes savories. Chuao (pronounced Chew-WOW) has a shelf-load of such, chocolate bars with all the goodies, created by Venezuelan chef Michael … Continue reading

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Stonewall Kitchen Dark Chocolate Chili Cinnamon and Nibs Bar

I’ve never reviewed a chocolate bar before and I will, furthermore, confess a shameful love for plain Hershey’s bars that dates back to the time my grandmother was first left with me unattended and violated my mother’s up-to-that-point successful “no … Continue reading

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Chocolat Frey’s Chocobloc 72% Dark with Honey-Almond Nougat

Chocolat Frey AG was founded in 1887, and is presently the number one chocolate in the Swiss retail market. Like all good chocolatiers these days, Frey is environmentally and socially conscious, which extends not only to its procurement of raw … Continue reading

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Lindt’s Excellence Dark Chocolate with Caramel and Sea Salt

We are no strangers here to Lindt chocolates, and it’s generally a happy association — on our part, at least. The latest example of Lindt’s chocolates to cross my desk is a new flavor in their “Excellence” line — dark … Continue reading

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