Jul 25 2014

Comparison of 2 healthy ice creams. (part 1)

I don’t want to shock anyone, so let me explain what I mean by “healthy” ice cream. I mean full-fat decadent creamy ice cream that has a fruit or possibly a nut  mentioned somewhere in the title. Something to take the edge off my guilt, but not so terrible that I won’t eat it.

woman sees sign that tells her to buy ice cream

copyrighted ice cream sign. Stop.

Both of these ice creams are new on the shelf, at least to my eagle eyes, and one is luxury, high-end, and the other is a normal store brand. I started to compare the 2 flavors here, but it turns out each has an interesting story, so this is just Part 1.

The first one I spotted was at Gelson’s, It was on sale, so that’s an important point. Coolhaus Balsamic Fig and Mascarpone Ice cream is pricy.

Coolhaus Balsamic Fig and Mascarpone Ice cream Review

I was most excited to try the Coolhaus pint, as the dairy name is new to me, and I’ve never tried any of their ice creams before. As I said, it’s a little expensive, and the only reason I bought it was because Gelson’s sometimes has a special of $5 off, if you buy $25 worth of food. That 20% off is very tempting, and I often use it!

In addition, Gelson’s has a good buyer, who keeps up with all the newest ice creams. Continue reading


Jul 18 2014

The church lady made the best shortbread.

women jogging discuss the value of chocolate

Or at least add chocolate to his shortbread!

Krusteaz Bakery Style Shortbread Cookie Mix

I didn’t know what shortbread was until I visited the homemade baked goods section of a church fair many years ago. They looked kind of bland, but the price was right. What a delicious discovery when I got home! Yum!

krusteaz shortbread

Krusteaz is still a nice name for cookies

I made them myself once or twice, but they didn’t taste as good as the church lady’s. Isn’t that the truth, when someone else cooks, it tastes SO much better? Or is that just me?

Basically, shortbread, sometimes called Scottish Shortbread, is just butter, sugar and flour, with a little vanilla optional. They’re not complicated. (A shortbread recipe I recently found also has chopped chocolate, from the Food Network, and it looks like it’s worth trying!) Continue reading


Jul 11 2014

Trader Joe’s Organic Silver Dollar Pancakes Reviewed

Trader Joe’s Organic Silver Dollar Pancakes make you feel like a giant.

Organic Silver Dollar Pancakes

Trader Joe’s tiny pancakes.

Yup, these are fairly small, just like the picture. Maybe the size of a silver dollar, if that – I haven’t seen one of those recently, though, have you? Maybe the TJ crew has spent a lot of time in abandoned mines in California, however, and found some.

These pancakes taste better than most grocery chain pancakes or waffles, and have a good freezer life, even when you’ve opened the box a couple of times.

I’m not way into organic, but of course, that’s also a plus. There are practically no eggs in these: they’re listed almost last in ingredients, thus, no cholesterol listed. I like eggs, however, and they would add some protein.

Still, pretty good pancakes for a hurry-up snack – just pop them in the microwave and add your fave toppings.

What others are saying

Someone else seems to enjoy them, too, or at least enjoy writing about them and taking photos. Obsessed with Food says she also likes them because you can not only cook them fast, but EAT them fast. :)

In the freezer section.

How to make sure no one steals your pancakes

How to make sure no one steals your pancakes – brand ‘em, cowboy! From a vintage Betty Crocker cookbook for kids to make!

I like to post a cartoon  here on Fridays, and I have a pancake cartoon I like a lot, but I couldn’t resist showing the “branded” pancakes in this vintage Betty Crocker cookbook, Betty Crocker’s Cook Book for Boys and Girls, 1957.

I also included the Eggs in a Frame,  because I love eggs, too, and these look like a Home Ec class, don’t they?