Product Reviews

Here are a few of my favorite food products of all time – YUM! Updates are made regularly so please check back.

Barilla Sauces: I first started using Barilla products during my stay in Italy in the Summer of 2005. They are the top selling sauces in Italy and were very popular in the grocery aisles of Florence. Recently, I tried some samples of the new Toscana sauce, flavored with Tuscan herbs, the region of Italy I enjoyed during my stay. I have to say I was very happy with the flavor, quality and consistency of the sauce. When I don’t have time to make my own sauce and fresh tomatoes aren’t in season, it is definitely a product I intend to continue using for my pasta dishes. Nothing beats a steamy, hot, tasty Italian dinner. Barilla is my current favorite sauce go to.

Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream: The most delicious and fabulous ice cream in the world was created in New York City by the Mattus family in the 1920s. Yum, Yum, Yum! I have no idea how I’ve previously overlooked Häagen-Dazs in this list. This ice cream has been making me happy for as long as I can remember. My favorite flavor of all time is Chocolate, which is one of the original 3 flavors that got the family started (vanilla and coffee being the other two), though the company was bought out by Pillsbury in 1983. Their limited edition seasonal flavors are also to die for. I currently have some Blueberry Crumble in my freezer, which is available until December 2011, and it is fabulous! I also love that this company has an entire campaign going to Help the Honey Bees! I adore bees and honey, so this holds a special place in my heart. Buy ice cream and save bees? OK!!!!

Belle Chevre Goat Cheese: This tasty goat cheese is my absolute favorite – handmade, spreadable, flavorful and a beautiful accompaniment to any dish. The breakfast cheese spreads, in particular the Honey flavored Goat Cheese, are divine. My bagels, whole grain toast and muffins have never tasted so good! This cheese has been around for twenty years and, while it used to be hard to find, it is now carried at major retailers like Whole Foods and Kroger. The Belle Chevre website has some wonderful recipes. The company is named after Belle, the lead goat on the farm. They provide a nurturing, open grazing environment for their goats and believe the freedom to roam the Southern terroir of the Alabama countryside lends to the flavor of the cheese. Happy goats make for tasty goat cheese!

Dunkin’ Donuts and other Favorite Coffees: I’m going to tell you about some of my favorite coffees (though it is hard to narrow down a list), starting with some major chains and then focusing on some local favorites. In recent years I have become a fan of the simplicty and affordability of Dunkin’ Donuts. My friend, Kristi, gave me a bag of Strawberry Shortcake coffee (a current seasonal special) and the smell and light, sweet flavor are delicious. For national chains I also enjoy Peet’s Coffee. Many of my favorites are local specialties that you can order online if you don’t have access to them locally. Heine Brothers, Stumptown, Red Hot Roasters, and Sunergos, are just a few of my favorites. Then there are local Kentucky brands like John Conti that I’ve been drinking since I was kid when I first learned of my love for coffee. Twenty plus years later, I started my morning today with John Conti coffee. Explore your local markets for a personal favorite.

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