Disclosure: As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received coupons for two dozen Land O’ Lakes eggs but was not compensated for this review. As always, all opinions are mine.
For the first time, since we got chickens a year and a half ago, I had to buy eggs. For the last six months or so, we had been accumulating eggs so quickly I was giving away a dozen eggs once we had 3 or 4 dozen in the fridge. Then egg laying dropped dramatically and I was only finding one egg every other day or so. One of our hens (Ginger) is molting, so she has a pretty good excuse (molting chickens typically don’t lay, but it also takes them almost 6 months to get back to laying). But the other two are just fine and should be laying, but they’re not. Maybe they don’t like the new chickens running around in their pen. Or maybe the darker days are just really messing with the egg schedule. In any case, I went to make breakfast one morning and found 2 eggs in the egg carton.
Disclosure: As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received Bauducco Panettone in the Original and Hershey’s chocolate chip flavors but was not compensated for this review. As always, all opinions are mine.
Panettone reminds me of my mom. Every holiday season, she would buy a loaf of panettone and it would be her breakfast, sliced into wedges and toasted with butter. Panettone intrigued me because it seemed to be filled with the same dried fruits in the notorious fruitcakes no one wanted to eat (incidentally, my grandma used to make a really tasty fruitcake) and because the loaf was shaped like a cylinder. Do you slice it into wedges or rounds?
Disclosure: As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I received a $25 American Express gift card to purchase Sargento Cheese and a processed cheese for comparison.
Before we get too far with this cheese-off, I have to admit that the whole idea seemed a little hilarious to me. Do people really confuse processed cheese with “real” cheese? Can they not tell the difference? I mean, you can tell which cheese is the processed slice above just by looking – it’s the one with the plasticky shine to it.
We had Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Squares in the pantry (their version of Triscuits) and I totally forgot we had grapes in the fridge, so instead of a cheese snack tray, I kind of just ended up with cheese and crackers. Which isn’t bad at all. I went to Vons for this cheese trip, but all I really found were pre-sliced packages of cheese – does Sargento even make block cheese? I picked up some baby swiss, sharp cheddar, muenster, and then “American” slices.
Disclaimer: As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received a standard Medium Hardcover Kodak Gallery Photobook. However, we opted to upgrade to a Large photobook with extra pages and paid the difference ourselves.
Almost five months ago, I married the most amazing man. Five months may not seem like a long time, and I’d agree with you. It’s flown by so fast, I feel like we’ve been time traveling. We finally received the pictures from our photographer and I figured they would sit in their beautiful case for ages before I actually got around to arranging them in a photo album.
Serendipitously (totally a word, I say so), right after we got our photo disk, I got an e-mail from Foodbuzz offering a free Kodak Gallery photobook to review, as long as I got a post up by a certain date. Photos in hand, free photobook, AND a deadline? The universe wanted me to get this done.
I had actually been dreading making a photobook because there are so many places you can build one, it can get pretty expensive, and I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing in terms of page layout and design. I am an engineer. We deal in straight lines and numbers. No artsy photo arrangement skills.
Continue reading to see how Kodak compensated for my left-brainness…
As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker’s program (which I love, by the way), I received two loaves of Nature’s Pride bread to try out: 12-grain and Whole Wheat. The Whole Wheat loaf went into the freezer (two people can only eat so much bread at a time, you know) and the 12-grain loaf went into the fridge. I think I’ve gotten into the habit of storing bread in the fridge because for a while I was buying bread from Trader Joe’s, which doesn’t contain preservatives, and if you don’t refrigerate that stuff you will find it moldy in just a few days.
By no means do I consider myself a bread snob. Yes, homemade is better warm out of the oven, but for a simply piece of toast or a turkey sandwich, just about any wheat bread will do. If I was daring and threw caution to the wind, I would splurge on potato bread or some other white bread with no nutritional content, especially since it’s softer and crisps up nicely in the toaster. Alas, I do what I can to maintain a “healthy” appearance in the kitchen.
The first day, I made peanut butter toast with the 12-grain. Do you want to know how it turned out? Lovely! The texture was crisp on the toasted outside and soft in the middle and there was a nice nuttiness to all the grains and seeds in the bread. The bread also makes a great grilled cheese or ungrilled turkey/turkey bacon club. It’s good bread! It’s tasty bread! And even two weeks later (in the fridge, wrapped up), the bread is soft and enjoyable and continues to act as a strong base for peanut butter toast. I’m looking forward to testing the Whole Wheat bread in a French toast dish. That’s when you know you’ve got a good hearty bread – when it turns out a soft custardy French toast and not a hearty wheat bread covered in sweetened egg.
I haven’t priced it yet, but I’m guessing it’s going to be comparable to Orowheat or Milton’s.
By the way, when my mom was staying with us, she also ate some of the bread and loved it so much she looked for it all over once she got back home. I didn’t realize this until I talked to her later about it and she told me she was going to have to come down to San Diego just buy the 12-grain bread (she found the Whole Wheat, just not the 12-grain). I had to tell her that I wasn’t even sure what stores here carried the 12-grain, since I didn’t purchase them from the store!