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Friday, September 4, 2015

Review of Ronzoni Smart Taste Pastas

Ronzoni Smart Taste is enriched with fiber, calcium, and vitamin D. It has 2.5 times the fiber of regular white pasta. Ronzoni Smart Taste comes in seven varieties: Elbows, Rotini, Spaghetti, Thin Spaghetti, Penne Rigate, Angel Hair, and Extra Wide Noodles. Rozoni is part of New World Pasta. The family brands include Creamette, American Beauty, Skinner, San Giorgio, and Light ‘n Fluffy egg noodles.

Ronzoni Penne with Quick Meat Sauce is a great recipe for dinner along with a garden salad. The ground beef can be substituted with ground turkey or chicken. The prep and cook time is pretty quick, under 30 minutes. Boiling water should be started first while you are browning the meat to keep the prep time under 30 minutes.
  • Tasting notes: Rich tomato, mild cheese, beef, and oregano aromas experienced; Sweet and tangy tomato and savory beefy flavors experienced; Sauce texture was thick and meaty; Pasta had a nutty flavor.
  • Additional uses or adjustments: Cook pasta past al dente to soften texture; Use a less sweet spaghetti sauce; Pasta would also work well with an Alfredo or Marinara sauce.
  • Rating: 3.8/5

Garden Rotini with Baby Arugula and Mozzarella is a great summer recipe for a cool and light dinner or pasta salad for a picnic or party. The prep and cook time is pretty quick with this recipe as well, under 30 minutes. Boiling water should be started first while you are chopping the ingredients to keep the prep time under 30 minutes.
  • Tasting notes: Pungent garlic, vinegar, cheese, and green basil aromas experienced; Garlic, cheese, olive oil, garden fresh flavor, slightly bitter from arugula, and Italian inspired flavors experienced on the palate; Pasta flavor was less nutty than penne.
  • Additional uses or adjustments: More pepper, olive oil, salt, and vinegar for flavor and keep the pasta from drying out. Sliced olives would add a salty flavor component.
  • Rating: 3.6/5

Ronzoni Baked Macaroni with Double Cheese can be served as an entrée or as a side dish. The prep and cook time is closer to an hour for this recipe. Boiling water should be started first while you are making the béchamel cheese sauce.
  • Tasting notes: Tangy cheese and creamy butter aromas experienced; Creamy cheddar, and mild pasta flavors experienced on the palate. This dish would be great as an entree or a side for a backyard BBQ.
  • Additional uses or adjustments: Needs more cheese flavor by adding sharper cheddar and/or more parmesan; Needs more salt; Cook pasta more al dente so pasta doesn’t get too soft during baking.
  • Rating: 3/5

Make the smart choice and try Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta with your next meal.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review of The Chosen Bean’s The Moses Roast Coffee

The Chosen Bean is a one-of-kind artisan coffee roasting company in South Florida operated by two Hasidic Jewish men. Moshe Ruza founded The Chosen Bean in 2009 and uses satirical biblical humor for each varietal they sell. Their coffee beans are from the top 2% of all beans worldwide and come from farmers with small parcels of land and limited crop. This ensures the authenticity of the bean and exclusive flavors based on the individual farmer’s technique. They ensure farmers are treated fairly (Fair Trade or better) and tithe all company proceeds.

The following coffee was brewed three different ways to find the best brew method: drip, espresso machine, and French press.

The Moses Roast ($6.95 for 2 oz. bag + free shipping) is described as an “espresso with a flavor of biblical proportions” and “the very same brew that Moses drank all those days to keep himself awake, alert, & learning”. Tasting notes: Rich, roasted coffee aroma experienced; Robust, dark caramel, and slight bitterness experienced on the palate. French press was the preferred brew method. Rating: 3.4/5

The Chosen Bean is aroma for the soul! Check out their full array of coffees and teas.

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Review of Harry and David Moose Munch and Vanilla Crème Brûlée whole bean coffees

Harry and David has been around since 1934 and it all started with a pear. In 1910, Samuel Rosenberg traded his successful Hotel Sorrento for 240 acres of pear trees in Southern Oregon’s Rogue River Valley. The Bear Creek Orchards were later taken over by his two sons, Harry and David Rosenberg. Utilizing their agriculture education from Cornell University, they started specializing in Comice pears. Harry and David named their pears, “Royal Riviera”. After the Great Depression, they needed to find another outlet to find new buyers and the idea of selling pears by mail would be a great next step. In 1934, the brothers set out on sales trips to San Francisco and New York and pitched their pears as an ideal business gift. Their spirit still holds true today as a great business gift and also great gifts for celebrations, house-warmings, holidays, etc. Their brand has expanded to more than just their stellar pears, they have confections, jams, jellies, mustards, teas, coffees, and more. We often visit their retail outlet in Las Vegas when we are in town to stock up on our favorite mustards and the infamous, Moose Munch Gourmet Popcorn.  

The following coffees were brewed three different ways to find the best brew method for each: drip, espresso machine, and French press.

Vanilla Crème Brûlée whole bean coffee ($23.90 for a duo pack) is harvested by hand and roasted in the Pacific Northwest. Tasting notes: Sweet vanilla, crème brûlée, custard, and caramel aromas experienced; Vanilla, caramel, and slight bitterness experienced on the palate; Cream and sugar really accentuate the crème brûlée flavor. Drip was the preferred brew method. Rating: 4.1/5

Moose Munch whole bean coffee ($12.95 for 12 oz. bag) is inspired by the Moose Munch Gourmet Popcorn. Tasting notes: Caramel, tapioca pudding, vanilla, popcorn, and toffee aromas experienced; Bold, robust, vanilla and slight bitterness experienced on the palate; Cream and sugar accentuated the caramel and vanilla flavors. Drip was the preferred brew method.  Rating: 4.4/5


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