Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Rice A Roni Rice Pilaf

On a scale of 1 - 10 I give this product an 8.  Why not a 10.  It makes a wonderful dish when adding meat and a touch of olive oil, but on its own it's a bit sticky.  Taste wise it's wonderful! 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Peter Pan - New Natural Peanut Butter

On a scale of 1 - 10 I give this product a 10!

If you, like me, like lots of peanuts in your peanut butter than you can't help but love Peter Pan's new 100% Natural, No need to Stir, Crunchy peanut butter.  As you can see, it's full of peanuts!  And they are all the way through, not just on top.  The spoonful in the picture were taken from the middle-bottom of the jar, still plenty of nuts.  Plus, it works great in peanut butter cookies.  I have a simple way of making peanut butter cookies in which I simply use a package of sugar cookie mix (dry), add 1 egg, 2 Tbsp. melted butter and 1/2 to 3/4 cups of peanut butter.  The new Peter Pan is creamy enough that you can cut down the amount of butter called for on the cookie mix package.  I believe the one I used called for 1/2 cup of butter and I cut it down to 2 Tbsp.  So, like I said, this is a new product so if it's not made it to your store yet, ask for it.  It's got to be the best Crunchy Peanut Butter I've eaten.

Don't like crunchy?  It also comes in creamy and honey.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

K.C. Masterpiece Buffalo Marinade

On a scale of 1 - 10, I give this product an 9.  Why not a 10?  A little hot for me if used directly but most people do want their Buffalo sauce hot.

My 1st thought for using this product was, of course, chicken wings - but that's so common.  So I decided to use pork instead of chicken.  My 2nd thought was marinade which means to put the meat in the marinade for a certain period of time, remove and cook.  I decided to do what I teach in my cookbook Think With Your Taste Buds and decided to use the marinade as a cooking sauce.

So, this is what I did.  I put a 5 lb. Boston Butt in my slow cooker, covered it with K. C. Masterpiece Buffalo Marinade, set the controls on medium and let my butt cook all day.  When I came home this evening my whole house smelled tasty making me rush to the cooker to see how my butt was doing.  It literally fell off the bone, was juicy and tender.  Of course I had to taste test and picked a few bites from the center as well as a few bites from the outside to see how the flavor had distributed.  No matter which section I tasted, there was no difference in flavor. 

K. C. Masterpiece Buffalo Marinade makes the perfect sauce for slow cooking meats.  I can only imagine how it will taste on the grill.  It is spicy and tangy with a bit of heat.